Things you must do before your next trip

Preparing for a trip can be so overwhelming and there can be many things to do and organise. Before every single trip, I always make myself a checklist of things that I need to do. If things are set out in a list, you have a clear idea of what needs to be done before you leave.

Here are some essential Things you must do before your next trip

TRAVEL INSURANCE

As soon as you book your flights, accommodation or basically anything you need to pay for, you need purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance is important for a few reasons such as cancellations or you become ill while you are travelling. Being ill when travelling can cost you a fortune and unfortunately, you have to think of the worst case scenario when you are doing planning. Travel insurance can be the difference between a small inconvenience or major debt.

When I travel, I always buy travel insurance through World Nomads. World Nomads is a fantastic option because it is insurance made by travellers for travellers. However, you have to do some research to find a travel insurance company that suits your needs. Shop around and do some research before deciding on a company that suits you.

READ MORE: TRAVEL INSURANCE: DO I NEED IT?

FIND OUT IF YOU NEED A VISA

Depending on the country that you come from and the country you are going to, will depend on whether you need to get a visa or not. With most visas you need to allow any where from 24 hours to three weeks for visa applications to be approved, so much sure you research visas in plenty of time.

Some countries also have “Visa on arrival” systems, for example Bali, where you just arrive at the airport and pay for your visa before you enter the country.

In other cases, you may be able to enter a country or a zone without a visa but you might only have a certain amount of time. For example; you can enter the Schengen zone in Europe for 90 days within 180 days without a visa.

Just make sure before you go, you research it!! Say “I didn’t know” will not be a good enough excuse. You need to know all of the requirements for your visas or conditions of entry.

DO SOME RESEARCH

It is super important to do some research about your destination before you go on any trip. What language to do they speak? Which currency do they use? Will the weather be warm, cold, windy, humid? Are there any laws you need to be aware of? What can you do there? Are there things that you are interested in seeing?

Even if you want to be a carefree traveler and not make any plans, you need to make sure you know some of the basics. You don’t want to go to a country just because everyone goes there, if there is actually nothing in the country that interests you.

READ MORE: THE BEST GUIDE FOR PLANNING A TRIP

BOOK ACCOMMODATIONS

Again, even if you are one of the most flexible travellers, you should plan at least one or two nights of accommodation when you arrive. You don’t want to arrive late at night, exhausted and find out that there is no accommodation.

Booking a couple of nights accommodation will give you some time to find out what the city is like and where you want to stay.

Websites such as hotels.com, booking.com, agoda, airbnb etc can be a great starting point to help workout the average costs of accommodation and has a map function to make sure you are staying in the area you want to stay in.

READ MORE: THE BEST WEBSITE FOR CHEAP ACCOMMODATION

FIND YOUR IDEAL TRAVEL BAG

Are you a backpack person or a suitcase person? Personally, I prefer backpacks, especially when I am travelling around Europe. Europe is full of cobblestones and trains are the best way to get around, which means there are lots of stairs! I find it much easy to negotiate stairs with a backpack than a suitcase.

Sometimes though, it is much nicer to be able to wheel around a suitcase rather be a turtle and have your whole life on your back. Especially if you have a long way to walk!!

So you need to decide the kind of trip you are going on and what will be the most practical bag for you and your trip.

MAKE A PLAN FOR YOUR FIRST DAY

It always a good idea to make a plan for your first day. It is worth having a plan for how you are going to get to from the airport to your accommodation and a few things you might do when you first arrive.

On our latest trip, we were arriving in to Munich from Melbourne at 1 pm and we knew we would be exhausted. So before we left, I planned out how we would get tickets for the train to get from the airport to our hotel. We also planned a few sites to go and see in the afternoon (after a well needed shower of course) so we would keep ourselves awake!!

When arriving to Europe from Australia, I like to try and stay awake until at least 9 pm to help reduce jet lag and this can be difficult, so we make sure we are out of our accommodation so we aren’t enticed by the bed to go to sleep!!

PREPARE YOUR CARRY ON BAG

No matter how many long haul flights I take, I still plan out my carry on bag weeks in advance. I like to make sure I am going to have everything I need to be comfortable and to make the flight more enjoyable. Try to plan for all situations on the flights, that means having entertainment in case there isn’t any one the plane, charge all of your devices before hand, take some cards or a book and have any amenities that you may need.

Remember, liquids must be LESS than 100mL and in a clear storage bag.

READ MORE: LONG HAUL FLIGHT CARRY ON ESSENTIALS

MAKE COPIES OF YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

ALWAYS ALWAYS have copies of your important documents such as your travel insurance, passports, licence, itinerary, credit cards and any important contacts. I always take a copy with me, leave a copy with a friend or family member and email myself a copy.

In case of an emergency or have your documents stolen, it can be much easier and quicker to get them replaced if you have copies.

PREPARE YOURSELF….

Travelling can become very tiring and expose you to many different germs that your body is not used to. Make sure you are staying hydrated and eating vegetables along the way.

On the flight, you might not feel like it, but you need to make sure you are staying hydrated and drinking as much water as possible. It will also encourage you to move around on the plane by visiting the bathrooms frequently.

If you require specific medications, make sure you take enough to last your trip. Depending on the type of medication you have you may need a note from your doctor explaining this, so make sure you allow time to visit your doctor.

Move around as much as you can before, during and after your flight. This will also help you combat jet lag when you arrive.

READ MORE: TIPS FOR SURVIVING A LONG HAUL FLIGHT

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Comments

  1. This is a very practical guide, thank you! I love the photo on Munich, it reminds me of my trips to Prague and Vienna, I would love to see the Christmas Markets in Munich as well.

    • Have you seen the Christmas markets in Europe? We weren’t in Munich for Christmas but I think they would have amazing Christmas markets!

  2. Thanks for these great tips! I know it’s nice to be a little spontaneous, but I like planning things as well as I can and setting things up before I go on a trip.

    • I agree!! It is great to have the room to be spontaneous but not stuck on the street with no where to stay!!

  3. Great post! Just curious: if you go to a country simply for tourism, where you have a ticket back home on a fixed date, should you apply for a visa? I go visit family in the US once in a while and it never occur to me that I would need a visa 😱

    • Visas all depend on the country that you live in. If you have been to the US before without a visa, that would indicate that you don’t need a visa. They check visas at boarders/airports when you first arrive in the country. Again, visas all depend on where you come from you, so you would need to do some research on that.

  4. This is so helpful! I am currently trying to book a flight home to Australia from Canada and I am super stressed! Seeing the steps in writing like this makes it way easier!

  5. I’m a suitcase person πŸ™‚ I’m petite and only 5.1” so can’t imagine walking around for hours with a huge backpack with all my stuff in it. I prefer to pack a bit more, leave everything in the place I’m staying, and walk with a light urban backpack that only carries essentials for the day. Sometimes my back hurts even if I carry my 13” laptop for too long, so those huge hiking ones are definitely not for me!

  6. Great tips you have here! The one I spent a lot of time when traveling is picking my luggage and organizing it! So we need to plan ahead to know exactly the things you need to bring! Definitely helpful especially of beginners in traveling 😊

    • I think taking time to pick luggage is a wise move! You don’t want to have something that you are not comfortable carrying around!

    • Oh my gosh! I would be so panicked if I forgot (or almost forgot) my passport! I always seem to lose my passport right before a trip but it always turns up!

    • I agree! I think with all of this COVID-19 madness people have learnt just how important travel insurance is!

    • Thank you for your comment! I appreciate it πŸ™‚ I hope these tips can help you out!

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