If it is your first time to travel, the task of organizing everything can be very daunting. The tendency to forget or miss something is relatively high since you are still learning the ropes of organizing and arranging your own travel requirements.
I have been traveling for as long as I remember. I used to be a travel agent too so I prepare tour packages for my clients as per their preference. I normally do all the planning, cost analysis and comparisons and organizing using a checklist I developed. It's just a simple file where you can write down your travel details, put the costs, add them all up and check the list as you progress with your planning. So far, it has helped me countless of times whenever I need to prepare complicated travel details.
There are advantages of using a checklist when you prepare for your travel requirements. Here they are:
Well organized planning - you won't have any tendency to get overwhelmed as you see the plan in black and white. You get to arrange what is the priority.
Less probability of forgetting/missing out important stuff - arranging a travel itinerary or plan is really overwhelming. There are plenty of things to consider and if you forget one, the whole trip becomes a mess. Having a checklist will help you see your progress and avoid the mishap of missing out the most important details.
Easy to track and gauge your progress - when everything is written down, you have a clearer picture of how your travel planning is going especially with the money matters. When I don't use my checklist, I have the tendency to go overboard by budget because I just mentally calculate. However, seeing the numbers right in front of me puts me in my place and a constant reminder not to spend too much on a hotel accommodation, tour package, and even souvenirs.
Printable and can be filed - if you're like me who at this modern day and time still prefer the conventional way of carrying printed documents then printing your checklist is a good idea. I like to be able to manually check the ones I have finished and carry the checklist with me wherever I go, even at the Consulate where I need to apply for the visa.
I hope you consider using a checklist on your next travel. To make your life easy, I am sharing my checklist with you which you can print or save. You may download the file from my site. Just proceed to the sidebar with the header FREE CHECKLIST.