Today is the busiest travel day of the Christmas season, which means even the most meticulous packer might forget something at home.

We’ve all been there before, and for some of us, it has taught us a very important lesson.

Perhaps you’ve scored a great deal on your trip thanks to all the tips.

However, before you get too excited and let some of these important to-dos slip your mind, read through this list of things people often forget to pack or do before going on vacation.

Your vacation time is too important to put off packing for your trip until the night before you leave. Plus we tend to forget things when we are pressed for time, which could lead to unplanned vacation expenses if you need to replace items while you’re away.

Here are 20 things we forget to do before going on vacation:

1. CALL YOUR BANK TO NOTIFY THEM OF YOUR TRAVEL DATES

Call the number on the back of your debit or credit card and let them know where you will be traveling to and your dates of travel. Your bank may be partnered with a foreign bank which allows for free cash withdrawals.

2. PAY OFF YOUR BILLS BEFORE YOU LEAVE

If your bills are not already scheduled for automatic payments, make sure to pay off any outstanding balances before you leave. You don’t want to receive any unnecessary late fees.

3. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ADEQUATE TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR YOUR TRIP

It’s important to make sure that your travel insurance will provide the necessary coverage for your trip – just in case. Also, if you’re planning on renting a car, make sure that your driver’s license is valid at your destination.

4. MAKE COPIES OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

I like to have copies of my passport, credit cards and travel itinerary on me just in case I lose them on my trip. Whether it’s an electronic or hard copy – just make sure that you’ll be able to retrieve it, if needed.

5. UPDATE YOUR CALENDAR / CREATE AN AUTOMATIC EMAIL RESPONSE

Make sure any appointments or commitments that have been scheduled during your trip are either taken care of before you leave or rescheduled for a later date.

It’s also important to create an “out of office” email to let others know that you will be out of town.

6. PUT YOUR MAIL ON HOLD

If you receive the daily newspaper or are expecting packages, make sure to put your mail on hold so they are not sitting at your door step.

7. UNPLUG YOUR ELECTRONICS

Save money and energy by remembering to unplug and switch off electronics at home.

8. MAKE A CHECKLIST OF ITEMS TO BRING

Include essential items like your passport, travel itinerary, prescription medications, first-aid supplies (ie: band-aids), chargers, adapters, clothing, toiletries, etc.

Double check your list to make sure you don’t forget anything important.

9. FULLY CHARGE YOUR ELECTRONICS AND BRING YOUR CHARGERS / ADAPTERS

I forgot to bring a UK adapter when I went to London and had to purchase one there. You also want to make sure that your electronics are fully charged so you don’t run out of battery before you reach your destination.

10. MAKE SURE YOUR FRIDGE IS CLEAN BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Eat up any food that will expire or perish before your trip to prevent waste.

11. CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM AND WASH YOUR BED SHEETS BEFORE YOUR LEAVE

This may sound silly, but trust me on this one! There is nothing like coming home to a spotless bathroom and freshly washed bedsheets after traveling.

12. BRING READING MATERIALS OR SNACKS

These items tend to be more expensive at the airport or on the train. Also don’t depend on being able to watch movies or TV shows on the plane all the time.

When I flew home from London last month, I was on an older aircraft that did not have movies available. I forgot to bring reading material so needless to say, it was a long flight home.

I also like to bring snacks since airplane food leaves a lot to be desired.

13. BE MINDFUL OF YOUR LIQUIDS

Make sure to pack all liquids into your checked luggage. If you bring liquids in your carry-on luggage, make sure they are within the limit and stored in a clear resalable bag when going through airport security.

14. AVOID OVER-PACKING YOUR LUGGAGE

Try to pack lightly, to prevent paying extra for over-sized luggage. This will also give you more room to bring back any purchases you make while on vacation.

15. KEEP ALL YOUR VALUABLES IN YOUR CARRY-ON LUGGAGE

Just in case your checked luggage gets lost or damaged, make sure to pack all your valuables in your carry-on luggage so they can be with you at all times.

16. PACK A CHANGE OF CLOTHES IN YOUR CARRY-ON LUGGAGE

Just in case your checked luggage doesn’t arrive at your destination when you do, you’ll be happy that you brought a change of clothes along. It doesn’t have to fancy, I like to stick to the basics.

Related: Travel essentials: What’s in my carry-on bag

17. CHECK THE WEATHER BEFORE YOU ARRIVE

It’s important to be prepared for the weather conditions at your destination. Don’t assume that it’ll be hot and sunny just because you’re headed to a beach destination.

Always check the weather before you arrive so you can pack any necessary items.

18. KNOW WHAT AMENITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT YOUR HOTEL

You probably don’t need to pack a hairdryer if one is already available in your hotel room. Or maybe you need to pack extra items since your hotel doesn’t provide towels or toiletries.

Check to see what will be available so you can pack accordingly.

Related: 25 free things you can get at hotels

19. A LOCK FOR YOUR LUGGAGE

You never know when you might need to use a lock on your trip. I don’t like to bring all my cash with me when I’m out exploring a city.

Instead I keep important items in my luggage and lock it up. This will also come in handy if you need to use a locker at the hotel gym or you want to lock your backpack / handbag to protect against pickpockets.

20. SLIPPERS FOR THE HOTEL ROOM / BATHROOM

I always bring an old pair of flip-flops to wear when taking a shower in the hotel bathroom, and I suggest that you do the same! Even 5-star hotel rooms are not as clean as you might expect.

Unfortunately the truth behind hotel cleaning practices will scare you and I highly recommend bringing a pair of slippers to wear in the shower. You may also want to bring a pair to wear in the room too.

SEPANG, 22 JULAI 2019: Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Y.A.B. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad hari ini menyempurnakan pelancaran logo kempen Melawat Malaysia 2020 di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Sepang, di sini, sekali gus menyeru semua rakyat Malaysia supaya merangkul kempen ini sebagai satu misi nasional bagi memastikan kejayaannya.

Logo kempen Melawat Malaysia 2020 yang merupakan sebahagian daripada usaha pemasaran dan promosi kempen tersebut, menampilkan pelbagai ikon Malaysia yang cukup dikenali seperti burung kenyalang, bunga raya, paku pakis liar dan warna-warna bendera Malaysia. Secara keseluruhannya, ia menggambarkan kepelbagaian yang terdapat dalam budaya, warisan, flora dan fauna serta pengalaman yang ditawarkan oleh Malaysia sebagai sebuah destinasi percutian.

Logo ciptaan Alfred Phua Hong Fook, seorang pereka grafik, telah berjaya mengetepikan beratusratus rekaan logo yang diterima dari seluruh Malaysia sepanjang tempoh pertandingan tersebut berlangsung pada awal tahun ini.

Y.A.B. Tun Dr. Mahathir turut menyaksikan pertukaran Memorandum Persefahaman Mengenai Promosi Bersama antara Tourism Malaysia dengan pelbagai pihak yang terdiri daripada Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly, Malindo Air, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad dan Sharp (M) Electronics Sdn. Bhd. Beliau kemudiannya melancarkan “livery” khas pesawat yang tertera logo “Visit Malaysia 2020” di badan pesawat keempat-empat syarikat penerbangan tersebut.

Tahun 2020 telah ditetapkan sebagai tahun untuk kempen Melawat Malaysia 2020 dengan sasaran untuk mencapai ketibaan pelancong antarabangsa seramai 30 juta dengan pendapatan pelancongan sebanyak RM100 bilion. Kempen ini memfokuskan kepada kelestarian pelancongan, seni dan kebudayaan.

Bagi memastikan kejayaan kempen ini, Tourism Malaysia telah bekerjasama dengan sektor-sektor swasta seperti Sharp (M) Electronics Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly, Malindo Air dan Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad bagi melaksanakan aktiviti-aktiviti pemasaran dan promosi dengan menggunakan platform media tempatan dan antarabangsa mereka.

Selain itu, dana khas berjumlah RM5 juta yang dikenali sebagai GAMELAN Malaysia telah disediakan oleh kerajaan sebagai sokongan kewangan kepada para penggiat industri pelancongan yang melaksanakan aktiviti-aktiviti pemasaran dan promosi dalam usaha untuk mempromosi Malaysia sebagai sebuah destinasi pelancongan perniagaan dan percutian santai.

Bagi meningkatkan kesalinghubungan udara dan membawa lebih ramai penumpang ke Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia dan Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad telah bekerjasama dengan pelbagai syarikat penerbangan antarabangsa seperti Condor Air, Air Arabia dan Busan Air bagi melancarkan laluan-laluan baharu ke Malaysia dari destinasi-destinasi antarabangsa yang utama.

Di samping itu, kemudahan Visa Sebaik Tiba (VOA) telah diperluaskan kepada 13 pintu masuk di Malaysia bagi memastikan kemasukan yang mudah bagi pelancong dari China dan India yang merupakan dua pasaran pelancong “outbound” yang telah berkembang dengan pesatnya.

Pada tahun 2018, Malaysia telah menerima sejumlah 25.8 juta pelancong antarabangsa, manakala bagi tempoh lima bulan pertama tahun ini, ketibaan pelancong antarabangsa mencecah seramai 10,954,014 orang, menyaksikan pertumbuhan sebanyak +4.8% berbanding tempoh yang sama pada tahun lepas.

TAMAT

Untuk mendapatkan siaran akhbar, media info dan artikel berkaitan industri pelancongan di Malaysia, sila lawati Pusat Media di laman web Tourism Malaysia di http://www.tourism.gov.my/

LEMBAGA PENGGALAKAN PELANCONGAN MALAYSIA ATAU TOURISM MALAYSIA ialah sebuah agensi di bawah Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kebudayaan Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia menumpukan kepada tugas khusus iaitu mempromosikan Malaysia sebagai destinasi pelancongan pilihan. Sejak penubuhannya, Tourism Malaysia telah muncul sebagai pemain utama dalam dunia pelancongan antarabangsa. Pada 2018, Malaysia telah mencatatkan kedatangan seramai 25.8 juta orang pelancong asing dan pendapatan pelancong berjumlah sebanyak RM84.1 bilion sekali gus meletakkan negara ini dalam kalangan destinasi pelancongan utama dunia.

Hubungi:

Unit Media
Encik Muadz Samat, Penolong Pengarah, Bahagian Komunikasi Korporat
Tel: +603-8891 8755
Emel: muadz@tourism.gov.my

SEPANG, 22 JULY 2019: YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, has officially launched the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign logo today at Kuala Lumpur International Airport simultaneously calling upon all Malaysians to embrace the campaign as a national mission to ensure its success.

The campaign logo, part of the campaign’s marketing and promotional efforts, features various recognisable icons of Malaysia such as the hornbill, the bunga raya (hibiscus), the wild fern and colours of the Malaysian flag. Together, they represent the diversity of Malaysia’s culture, heritage, flora and fauna as well as experiences offered as a holiday destination.

The winning entry by Alfred Phua Hong Fook, a graphic designer, was chosen from hundreds of submissions from all over Malaysia during the competition period earlier this year.

YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir also witnessed the exchange of Memorandum of Joint Promotion ceremony between Tourism Malaysia and various parties, namely Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly, Malindo Air, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and Sharp (M) Electronics Sdn. Bhd. This was followed by the unveiling of the Visit Malaysia 2020 aircraft livery on the four airlines.

The year 2020 has been designated as Visit Malaysia 2020 with targets of achieving 30 million international tourist arrivals and RM100 billion tourist receipts. The focus of the campaign is on ecotourism, arts and culture.

To ensure the campaign’s success, Tourism Malaysia has partnered with several private sector corporations such as Sharp (M) Electronics Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, Firefly, Malindo Air and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, to implement marketing and promotional activities utilizing their local and international media platforms.

In addition, a RM5 million fund called GAMELAN Malaysia has been made available to provide financial support to Malaysian tourism industry players who organize marketing and promotional activities to promote Malaysia as a business and leisure destination.

To enhance air connectivity and bring in more passengers into Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad have partnered with various international airlines such as Condor Air, Air Arabia and Busan Air in launching new routes into Malaysia from key international destinations.

Furthermore, Visa on Arrival facilities have been expanded to 13 entry points in Malaysia, ensuring a hassle-free entry for China and India nationals, two of the fastest growing outbound tourist markets in the world.

In 2018, Malaysia welcomed a total of 25.8 million international tourists, while for the first five months of this year, international tourist arrivals have reached a total of 10,954,014 tourists, recording a growth of +4.8% compared to the same period last year.

ENDS

For more media releases, media info and media features on Malaysia’s tourism industry, kindly visit the Media Centre of Tourism Malaysia’s website at http://www.tourism.gov.my/

MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. It focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia as a preferred tourism destination. Since its inception, it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2018, Malaysia registered 25.8 million tourist arrivals and RM84.1 billion tourist receipts, placing it among the major tourism destinations of the world.

For press information, contact:

Muadz Samat
Assistant Director, Corporate Communication Division
muadz@tourism.gov.my
Tel: +603 8891 8755