Snowbird Travel Checklist For The Perfect Winter Vacation

A Travel Checklist for Snowbirds
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Heading south or to an exotic location for the winter? We have you covered, use this handy checklist to make your travels as smooth as possible:

Documentation: If you own or rent property at your destination, bring proof along with any tax information you may need to show authorities.



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Health: Locate the best doctors, specialists, and hospitals in your destination so you know where to go if you need medical treatment. This is especially important if you have any chronic health conditions.

Home: Ask a trusted friend, neighbor or family member to regularly check on both the exterior and interior of your home. Make arrangements to have someone clear the driveway and walkways each time it snows. Clean out the fridge and unplug appliances.



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Mail: Nothing says, “We’re not home!” like an overflowing mailbox. Put your newspaper on hold and temporarily forward your mail.

Medications: If you’re traveling by air, keep your medication with you at all times so that you don’t run into any problems with lost luggage and missing medication. Have a plan in place for easily obtaining prescription refills if you so need.

Money: Make sure your major credit cards and ATM card won’t expire while you’re away. It’s also a good idea to inform your bank and credit card companies of your travel plans to prevent your purchases from being declined.

Packing (light!): Most properties provide all the same amenities you would have at home, including a washer and dryer — so keep packing to a minimum! Pack light clothing for the day, long layers for evenings, and a few dressier items for going out at night. If you forget something, you can always go shopping!


Passports and Visas: International travelers: make sure your passport is up-to-date and has enough pages for the number of places you’re visiting. If necessary, get appropriate travel visas —some places only allow travelers to stay a certain number of days, so find out if you need a long-term visa. Your travel team agent can answer this for you.


Security: Ask your local police station if they do house checks for travelers — Set outdoor security lights,  install motion sensors to control them. Set a few lights on timers with each turning on and off at different times to make it appear there is someone home. If you have a security system, inform the security company you’ll be away for a while.



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