If you want to get your vacation off to a flying start, it requires careful planning and preparation. 

But with so many things to organize, it’s easy to come unstuck. 

So to get you started, here are 10 essential things to do before you travel.

1. Check your passport

Checking your passport validity is the first and most important thing you can do. In addition, you should check the passport requirements for your destination, as some countries require a minimum of six months validity from your arrival date.

2. Charge your electronics

Make sure you charge your electronics before you head to the airport – they need enough battery life to keep you sane and occupied at the airport and on the plane.

3. Find travel insurance 

The last thing you want is to find yourself with an expensive medical bill because you’ve injured yourself and forgot to book travel insurance, so find some as soon as you’ve sorted your flights. A great place to look for travel insurance is price comparison site Insuremytrip.

4. Complete a practice pack

You should complete a practice pack a week or two before your trip, to make sure that your luggage is within the weight restrictions. It’s a great way to guide your packing if you’ve yet to create a final packing list. 

5. Check the weather 

Weather forecasts have been known to change, so in the run up to your trip, check, check and check again! This way, when you come to pack your stuff, you’ll be arranging contents with the weather firmly on your mind.

6. Notify your bank

You should let your bank know the dates you’ll be going away. If you don’t, any overseas use of your card might be seen as suspicious and the bank could block your card. 

7. Decide what you want to do

Take the time to have a think about the things you want to do in advance. This way, you won’t waste precious holiday time when you arrive on researching and planning activities. 

8. Apply for TSA Pre Check

TSA Pre Check is a scheme which allows members to pass through security more quickly, without needing to remove items such as shoes, belts and light jackets. You can apply for it on the official TSA website.  

9. Plan your first day travel

Getting around in a foreign country can be difficult, especially if the transport system is completely different. So save yourself time and stress by planning your route from the airport to your accommodation before you land. 

10.    Book airport parking 

Booking your airport parking in advance saves you both time and money, so it’s literally something you can’t afford not to do. You’ll find terrific deals for hubs across the US on airport parking comparison site Looking4.com

With this list to hand, you’ll have all bases covered before you jet off on your next overseas adventure. 

What other things should you do before you travel? Share your thoughts in the comments section.