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8 Items to Include on a Pre-Travel To-Do List

Traveling to a bustling place like San Diego will reward you with a never-ending list of things to do, see, taste, explore, and enjoy. Your break away from your daily grind can be even more relaxing and refreshing if you take care of some things before you arrive in America’s Finest City or any other place your travels may take you. Below, we present eight things to add to your pre-travel checklist.

1. Make Your Lodging & Transportation Plans Early

Start your pre-travel planning by crossing lodging and transportation plans off your to-do list, especially if you’ll be flying. You’ll also have more flexibility with dates and more opportunities to find deals or savings options by researching hotels in San Diego in advance and making your reservations early.

2. Get Things Ready at Home

Stress less while enjoying top San Diego destinations like Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and the Gaslamp Quarter by taking care of essential things at home before you leave. For instance, if you have pets, arrange for someone to care for them during your time away. Also with home-based tasks, make arrangements for:

• Your mail to be stopped or picked up by a friend or neighbor
• Someone to watch or check on your home
• Any services you may have regularly performed at your home, such as landscaping services

3. Request Special Accommodations before You Leave

If you or anyone else traveling with you has special needs or physical limitations, let the airline and hotel know this ahead of time. Doing so makes it easier for everyone involved to be fully prepared to accommodate you or anyone coming with you.

4. See if You Can Check in before You Get to the Airport

It’s becoming increasingly common for airlines to give passengers the option to check in before arrival via an app or online. Check with your airline to see if this option is offered if you prefer to start off your trip in a less stressful way.

5. Bring a Mix of Clothes Appropriate for Planned Activities

Have a general idea of what you want to do when visiting a location like San Diego so you’ll know what kind of clothes to bring. In San Diego, it can be beneficial to bring a mix of shorts, light tops, and similar clothes suited for warmer weather. But also bring a light jacket, sweats, jeans, and other things to wear during cooler evenings or chillier months of the year. Also, bring any clothing specific to certain activities you know you’ll be doing, such as biking, swimming, surfing, or hiking.

6. Fill Prescriptions before You Go

If you take prescription medication on a regular basis, get your refills taken care of before you leave. There are sometimes delays involved if you go to a different pharmacy to get refills while traveling, unless it’s a larger chain pharmacy.

7. Arrange for Any “Extra Special” Experiences Ahead of Time

A trip to a beautiful place like San Diego is an excellent incentive to make your time here even more memorable with things like wine tours, foodie tours, bar and pub tours, whale watching cruises, or helicopter tours. Because such activities tend to have limited availability with dates and times, it’s best to make arrangements—which can usually be done online—as soon as you know your travel dates.

8. Research Your Destination before You Get There

It’s no fun to return from a trip only to find out you missed out on some things you wish you would have done. Avoid situations like this by researching your destination before you arrive. In San Diego, many visitors take day trips to places like Coronado Island, which is accessible by a ferry that regularly departs from San Diego at the Broadway Pier. 

No matter when you visit San Diego, you’ll want to stay for a while, so reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable but cheap hotels, San Diego visitors will be amazed by our budget-friendly rates as well as our spacious rooms, spectacular views of the harbor, and location near the most popular attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544 to make your reservation.