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
- 1 TRAVEL INSURANCE
- 2 FIND OUT IF YOU NEED A VISA
- 3 DO SOME RESEARCH
- 4 BOOK ACCOMMODATIONS
- 5 FIND YOUR IDEAL TRAVEL BAG
- 6 MAKE A PLAN FOR YOUR FIRST DAY
- 7 PREPARE YOUR CARRY ON BAG
- 8 MAKE COPIES OF YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
- 9 PREPARE YOURSELF….
- 10 What do you include in your list of things you must do before your next trip? Comment below and also share this post!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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