Things to Remember Before You Travel

Hand luggage including Passport, sunglasses and paper

There are some vital things to remember before you travel, and you’d be surprised how many people forgot these things.

Whether your next trip is for a weekend away, a two-week sun break or a month trekking, getting organised is something that will prepare you for all scenarios when abroad. We look at some essential things you need to plan for and arrange before you head off on your travels…

Top 6 Things to Remember Before Travelling

Pack Light:

Pick a reasonable sized suitcase that you can easily transport. You never know how busy the airports will be and how many fights you will need for that taxi at the other end, so you won’t want your suitcase weighing you down. Always remember to only pack essentials, how many times have you been on your travels and brought items back that were not even used or opened. Only take items you know you’ll need, don’t forget there are always stores available to pick up any emergency items.

Cash:

Before you travel, be sure to inform your bank to let them know you’ll visiting foreign countries, that way they will know to expect transactions from foreign locations and won’t freeze cards or block any transactions going through. Even if you don’t intend to use your cards, it is always best to let the banks know just in case you need to make an emergency transaction. It’s also best to find out what charges there are for making card transactions abroad and if there are any withdrawal costs, just so you don’t have any surprise charges when you return.

Make copies of your documents:

Before you head off, it’s advised to make a copy of your travel documents. For example, always have a copy of your passport stored safely separate from your actual passport. You should also make copies of any visas, reservations or tickets. You could also store your documents on your smartphone or tablet, this way you can easily access them quickly on your device, but make sure any password protection is activated to keep any potential threats away.

Plan the first day in your new destination:

It’s always important to get to know your surroundings as quickly as possible, therefore it is ideal to do some research and plan out what you need to do on your first day in your new location. Always try to find out where the nearby attractions & landmarks you intend to visit, and find where local stores are located, such as pharmacies, so you know where to go in case of emergencies. Also, try to scope out the local transportation route and find out what the costs are for different types of tickets. You may get lost in the first couple of days as you get to know your new area, however, don’t panic because these can sometimes lead to hidden treasures you didn’t know existed. Making sure to plan ahead will ensure you maximise your time to make the best of that first confusing day.

Tourists holding a map

Insurance:

Always check to see if your current travel insurance is valid and try to make sure all the essential possibilities are covered, for example, check you are able to get a refund for any travel that is cancelled, postponed or cut short. Similarly, with health insurance, the most important thing to check is that it has an international cover so you are protected when travelling abroad. Always check to see if you require any travel vaccinations or need to take any medication when visiting certain areas to ensure you are protected for every eventuality.

Photos:

Even though there is a lot to remember when travelling, the most important thing is to capture as many moments as possible. That way you will always be able to look back at memories of your trips and adventures. Always try to take a spare camera battery if possible, and always remember your charger if you will be using your smartphone. That way you’ll always be able to have your camera at the ready to capture those important moments.

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