With the school year in the rearview (for those of you who are still in college), we’re looking ahead to one of the most anticipated seasons of the year: summer, of course! It’s the season that’s infamous for bringing tanned skin, big-eyed sunglasses, flip flops and perfect pool weather. Are you planning a summer getaway?  Get ready for your vacay by reading up on these quick travel trips from your friends at SLE.

1. Make a List

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There’s nothing worse than arriving at your hotel, unpacking your suitcase and realizing you forgot something important. Most of us make a mental list of items we need to pack, however, chances are we will forget something if we don’t put our list in writing. We recommend creating a note on your cell phone with a list of everything you want to bring with you. That way, you’ll always have your travel list handy when you think of something else you need to add. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

2. Make Copies of Important Documents

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We cannot stress the importance of making copies (or snapping pictures) of important documents enough. A back-up copy of your passport or ID could mean the difference between making it on your trip and being forced to turn around and go home. Even worse, imagine being stuck in another country if you misplace your passport while traveling. Having a back-up copy gives you a much-needed security blanket in case of emergencies.

3. Alert Your Bank and Credit Card Company Before Traveling

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Picture this: You’re lounging by the beach in the Carribean when you realize you’re fresh out of pina colada. You make your way to the festively decorated tiki beach bar and order another, only to have your credit card declined due to suspicious charges. You then realize you’ve run out of cash from purchases you made earlier in the week. Now, not only are you unable to order another savory cocktail, you also don’t have any money to buy dinner or the souvenir keychain you’ve been eyeing in the hotel lobby since you arrived. Situations like this are completely preventable. Simply call your bank and credit card company and let them know where you’ll be traveling. That way, the bank won’t flag your charges when you indulge in the little luxuries that come with a summer vacay.

We wish you the best of luck on your summer vacations!