When it comes to traveling this Summer, I’ll bet you can’t wait to get out there and live it up. That’s natural. After al, you’ve been waiting for months for this breath of fresh air, the freedom. However, try to reign in your excitement just a bit, because there is some preliminary work to take care of to ensure your vacation is the one you deserve. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

First and foremost, you’re going to want to start booking everything as soon as humanly possible. This means securing a hotel room, a flight, and maybe even a rental car as early as you can. That way, you have all the time in the world to cancel if plans change or simply be absolutely sure you have a place to stay once you arrive at your destination, as well as a way to get there. It goes without saying that this phase of planning affects everything else and can’t be done poorly.

Next, when it comes to packing, you can’t forget the essentials. The first category on the list is toiletries, such as your tooth brush, toothpaste, and deodorant, as well as feminine hygiene products, if applicable. Then, you need to make sure you have plenty of clothing, enough for an outfit per day of your trip, as well as a few extra outfits, just in case your clothes get dirty or damaged. Lastly, don’t forget your identification. This means your regular ID, such as a driver’s license, as well as the ever important passport when traveling internationally. Now, all you need is your Verizon cell phone, and you’re good to go.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to have a great time this Summer. And, that’s good. You deserve to cut loose and enjoy yourself.