Your international travel plans are all set. No matter where you are doing what is the absolute “must do” checklist before you leave?
Read on and get your trip organized:
#1: Book your flights
Book your flights and make sure everything with the flight is in order. Don’t confuse the flight times. Make sure you allow enough time to get to the airport, remember security checks often take longer these days.
#2: Check your travel documents
Locate your passport and make sure you have more than 6 months left on it. Many countries require this to be allowed to enter.
Make sure you have any VISA’s prepared in advance if needed.
#3: Make sure you have enough funds for the trip
No one wants to get stuck abroad without enough money, but believe me, it happens! Make sure you have enough for your trip whether you are planning a budget journey or a luxury splash out.
Factor in costs like meals, accommodation, transport around, other activities you want to do and allow some extra for unforeseen costs.
#4: Buy insurance
I have traveled many times without insurance, however, this is not really a good idea. Make sure you have a good insurance policy for your trip and that you have all the relevant documents packed in a safe place that is easy to find.
Leave a copy with a family member at home.
#5: Buy some local currency in advance
Take the time to go to your bank or local exchange and buy up some local currency to have with you when you arrive. While you can change most money conveniently in international destinations you don’t know what you will find when you arrive. Plus, at the airports, it is usually expensive.
You at least need enough cash with you to get to your Hotel on arrival and to get a good meal.
#6: Book your accommodation for the first few nights
Even if you plan to do some traveling around without a plan then you should at least plan the first few nights of your stay.
Choose a place that is easy to find, close to the airport and easy to get to with transport. Then you can move to other accommodation at a later point in the trip.
#7: Pack carefully – not too much, not too little either
Think about where you are going and what you will need. Will it be warm, cold? Will there be insects? Mosquitoes? Sun cream?
What are you doing on your trip? Will you need items like hiking boots? Or other practical things like a compass, maps? GPS?
A good tip to pack everything as small as possible is to roll your clothing up.
#8: Make a note of relevant local emergency numbers
Whatever your plans are for your trip you should check and make a note of the local emergency numbers. You should also keep a note of other relevant numbers like the tourist police or special tourist emergency contacts.
Keep them to hand and where you can find them quickly.
While most people are never going to have need of these numbers, if you did end up in need you will be glad you had them with you.
I hope this checklist helped you to get organized and have a wonderful time!