Okay, so if it’s your first time travelling or maybe you are a seasoned traveller but with all the excitement you’ve forgotten something. Worry not, below you will find a list of some great tips to check on before your trip.
Security & Health
1. Vaccinations & insurance!
It’s #1 for a strong reason. Ensure you have all the required vaccinations & any prescriptions you may require. Some airports require proof of vaccinations and won’t allow you into the country unless you can prove you’ve been vaccinated. (Ask your GP or travel clinic for a vaccination card). Make sure your insurance policy provider applies for overseas emergencies.
2. Photocopy your important documents.
How would you feel if your passport was stolen or you lost it? You’ll want to make sure you can prove your citizenship. Photocopies are a must!
3. Leave a copy of your passport at home.
Leaving a copy of your documents at home with someone you trust for extra backup. (Just in case you need it).
4. Register with your embassy.
This will make it easier for your government to get you to safety and into contact with you should there be an issue in country.
Make sure you are aware of the water situation in the area you are heading out to. Is it safe to drink tap water? Are you going to be purchasing bottles every day? Consider taking out all the risks by taking a water filtration unit with you in your luggage. For information on water filters, make sure you check out this link.
6. Research your conversion rates before leaving.
It can be a nasty surprise finding out you have £20 left out of £200 because you’ve spent more money on the conversion than you budgeted for. Do your maths before you travel and try to get a sense of what the conversion rate is.
7. Go to a bank or ATM in the country you’re visiting.
Trying to convert your cash in the airport and around the city can sometimes be a great rip-off for you. Find a local bank and the conversion will be a better rate for you.
8. Local cash is a must.
Not every place you visit will accept Chip & Pin or plastic, especially not on public transport.
9. Contact your bank or card provider.
I’ve been caught with this once and it’s a nightmare to get sorted. Contact your bank before leaving and alert them to your travelling plans. If you are from the UK and suddenly start using your card in the middle of Peru, they are going to question the “fraudulent activity” and will block your card as a safety measure.
10. Check any visa requirements or entrance/exit fees.
These fees are not included in your airline ticket price, can arrange from $25-$200 and are required to enter or leave a country.
11. Purchase your tickets now for the places you wish to visit.
Purchasing tickets in advance will help you skip queues and earn better deals which are targeted towards you.
12. Scout out & purchase some guide books.
You can get maps, keywords and basic phrases which give you great detail on certain sites ensuring you save money from purchasing information at the location you are visiting. Download any travel apps before you leave to avoid downloading the charging for your data.
13. Whilst out there, find local events.
There’s nothing worse than missing out on the best events in the city because you weren’t aware of them. I’m talking, ceremonies, festivals and annual events. Find the national dish and the best local cuisine. You’ll be kicking yourself if you’ve missed what it’s known for.
14. Ensure you have a charger adapter.
There are different size voltage & plugs in different countries, if you want to use your phone or iPod a day after arriving. You’ll need to be charging it.
15. Check the voltage of your electronics.
So you’ve got a suitable adapter and you still can’t use your gadgets because the voltage isn’t high enough. Nightmare.
Luggage & packing
16. 1 outfit in your hand luggage bag.
You don’t want to be wearing a snowsuit because you’ve left the UK at 2am and in the freezing cold, get to your location, it’s absolutely boiling and you find your luggage has been lost. Firstly, you’ll be massively uncomfortable &… I don’t think there needs to be another reason. Pack something just incase this happens. Rather be safe than sorry right.
17. Do you check the bag in or not?
Every airline will have it’s own set of guidelines detailing how many bags can be checked in &/or carried on for free. To avoid any last minute fees before leaving, make sure you have done your research on this.
Lastly, above anything else. Just enjoy it. Experience the new location for everything it has to offer. Take lots of photos and fully immerse yourself into the local culture.
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