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3 Things To Consider When Going Out Of Town

Published: 6th September 2017 22:02

Whether going on a business trip, on vacation, or attending a wedding, going out of town can be draining. It takes effort to make sure everything in your home is secure, as well as remembering to bring everything you need and do all the admin that needs doing. Especially nowadays, when the chances are you can and will need to do some work while away, you need a lot of careful planning for everything to work out.


Recently, I went away for a friend’s wedding weekend. I decided to spend the week preceding it on a working holiday. I’d have time to do what work I needed to do, and spend time with people I hadn't seen in awhile. I made the painful mistake of leaving my Macbook’s charger at home.


No one wants to trawl the local Starbucks for a kind soul who will lend you some power. But I had no choice! To help you avoid these kinds of situations, here are some things to consider before going out of town.


1. Make sure you have backups


Don’t make the mistake I made. For the essentials, always make sure you have a backup plan. Whether that’s the data you need backed up on a flash disk, or a spare pair of glasses or contact lenses. There are some things you just cannot get by without.


Prescription medication is another example. Ask your doctor if s/he will be available to send a replacement prescription through if you lose your meds somehow. It’s not something you can just buy while you're there, and depending on your condition, there’s a chance that this irritating mistake will mean you have to go back home!


2. How important is your favourite TV series?


During Game Of Thrones’ run, I simply cannot miss a single episode. There are too many spoilers in plain site online, and I get way too agitated. If I’m out of town, that can present a problem.


Firstly, it may just not fit the schedule. If that is the case, I make sure to find a way to watch it a little later (when I should be sleeping).


Secondly, I may be in a country in which the local stations available at the hotel don’t show the episode until a week later. Streaming can be particularly useful, although you may need a VPN to access channels from back home (you can find out about which to choose at bestonlinereviews.com).


3. Walk through your daily routine


There are 101 things we each do during the course of a day without thinking. Some of these things are necessary for personal care. Others serve important household or office needs. Before you go away, pay careful attention to each thing you do during the day. Make a note of every task that there’s a chance you'll forget.


This way, you can feel confident that all of the things you need for your important daily needs will be packed and ready to go the morning of the trip.

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