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Going on Vacation? Here’s What You Need to Know

Published November 20, 2020

Toothbrush, toothpaste, child care authorization, and a will. If the latter two items haven’t made it onto your packing list before, you should certainly consider adding them now. Squaring away essential documents early means you can let loose sooner on your worry-free vacation.

1. Make sure your will is up-to-date.

No one wants to think about the worst-case-scenario before jetting off to faraway lands, but ensuring your will is up-to-date is just one way to protect yourself from the unknown. It ensures your assets are properly distributed and your monies are appropriately handled.

Amending your medical directive and updating guardianships should be considered as well.

2. Update the babysitting binder.

To make a childless vacation even more stress-free, ensure all of your children’s essential information is clearly spelled out and easily accessible to the nanny, friend, or family member carding for them. You will want to include a signed child care authorization, which permits the caretaker to make certain medical decisions in the parents’ absence, as well as all insurance numbers, medication allergies, and emergency contacts.

3. Review contractual agreements.

Have your attorney review rental car agreements, Airbnb stipulations, or travel insurance policies before you go. You’ll then be aware of any loopholes in the contracts that could ultimately do more harm than good. Or on the flip side, could save you substantial time and money in the long run. Losing your luggage or breaking down in a rental car are troublesome enough!

4. Check your travel documents.

Make sure your passport, driver’s license, and any appropriate Visas are valid. You can travel with photocopies in your suitcase too, in case of loss, damage, or theft.

5. Allow access to digital accounts.

While a will handles the distribution of physical assets, you’ll need a separate document that allows for someone to monitor your online accounts if necessary. Accounts include banking, social media, owned sites, e-mails, and more.

To protect against identity theft, share your login combinations with only those you deem trustworthy and via a safe sharing platform.

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