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Packing Lists to Flu Shots: Complete Travel Checklist

Preparing for travel can be daunting. You’ve got to get make travel arrangements, find the right place to stay, and get the details in order.

If your travels take you overseas, your travel checklist gets a little longer. Your packing list is expanded — you may need travel plug adapters, clothes for different weather, or an international cell phone. On top of the extra items on your packing list, you’ll have a few tasks to prepare you for traveling abroad. You may need a flu shot, money card, visa and travel insurance, depending on where your travels take you.

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Since your preparations are so important for helping you get to your destination, we’ve put together a travel checklist. This checklist should help you make sure you don’t forget anything major. Check it out before you travel so you can have an amazing experience while you travel!

Complete Travel Checklist

Travel Documents

You might need several documents for traveling abroad. Make sure you have all flight information. If you need a passport or visa, you may need to get to work a few months before you travel.

Share the Details

Your family and friends should know your travel plans. Leave them a copy of your itinerary and passport data page. Make sure they know how to contact you, whether that’s email or by using an international cell phone.

Check Insurance

You may want to check on your medical insurance coverage before you go overseas. Some travelers wish to purchase travel insurance.

Health Check

Depending on your destination, your travel checklist should include a flu shot. Check out flu.gov to see why its important to get a flu shot before international travel. You can find affordable and convenient flu shots at ARCpoint Labs.

Money, Money, Money

There are lots of things to consider in the way of finances. You’ll want to budget your trip so you know when to splurge and when to cut back. Always check with your bank before you travel — they can tell you if your debit cards will work, and prepare for you to be spending money in another location. Having money available in a few different forms is the best option.

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Make it Your Best Thanksgiving Break Yet

Thanksgiving break comes at the right time for college students. The fall semester has been dragging on and winter break still seems ages away. So, we get to count down to Thanksgiving break.college student fall thanksgiving break

We all know that Thanksgiving break is the first of a string of holiday meals, parties and wintry snacks. It is hard to survive a Thanksgiving break without feeling a little regret for the calories consumed.

Don’t Fret Over Thanksgiving Break!

Even though you’re sure to indulge a little this coming break, it doesn’t mean you can’t make smart, healthy choices.

Want to come back to campus feeling accomplished and refreshed? Follow these steps for having a healthy and productive break.

Make a Plan

Make your break plans well in advance, so you aren’t stressed. If you can’t make it home to celebrate with family, ask friends what they’re doing. Friends may invite you to their family dinner or you could plan a gathering on your own.

Get Work Done Before Break

Nothing will dampen your break faster than stress. Try to leave the stress behind by making a to-do list and crossing off every item before you leave campus. Think about your papers, studying and assignments. Make a packing and cleaning list to make sure you’re prepared to leave your room for a few days.

Think Healthy

The best way to prepare yourself for a successful break is to focus on healthy decisions. If you head into the break ready to eat in moderation, stay active and prioritize time with friends and family, you’re more likely to stick to your guns.

Make Appointments

Depending on how many days you get off, your Thanksgiving break might be perfect for a few health-related appointments. Maybe you can squeeze a trip to the dentist or get allergy testing to see why you can’t stop sneezing.

Focus on Relationships

No matter where you spend your Thanksgiving break, the best part of the time off is the time spent with loved ones. Don’t let the break go to waste — enjoy the meal with your family, take a walk with a friend, start a pick-up game of basketball, or call a relative you won’t be able to see. You’ll head back to class feeling refreshed after time spent with the ones you’ve been missing.