Traveling smart means being organized. Whether you’re flying across a few states to visit the parents or taking off on the adventure of a lifetime halfway around the world, there are things to do to get ready to go. And that doesn’t just mean writing a packing list. Here is my ultimate travel checklist:
1. Book Ahead
Don’t risk disappointment by waiting to book everything last minute. It is a much better idea to book ahead and you could even get early bird deals and advanced discounts.
2. Be Flexible
Be open to changing your specific dates and plans if it means that you can save some money or go an on extra adventure. Traveling can be an up in the air time, so don’t give yourself extra worry by having specific dates in mind.
Make sure that you have all of the relevant documents in order for the countries you are travelling to. Do you need a VISA to get in?
Make sure that your passport is in date and still valid! Don’t be one of those people who turn up to the airport only to be sent home crying!
Make sure to check if you need any specific vaccinations for countries that you are visiting, it’s one of the most important pre trip things you should do.
6. Ticket Receipt
Some countries have a policy where you cannot leave unless you have a pre-booked flight out already, so it’s a good idea to carry a receipt for your return flight with you.
7. Student Cards
Lots of different student cards are valid across the world, so do yourself a favor and check which of yours are still valid.
8. Spread Your Money
It’s a nightmare to be pickpocketed on holiday or have your luggage stolen, so to ensure you don’t have everything taken, spread your cash around in different bags.
9. Copy Documents
Make photocopies of all of your important travel tickets and documents, just in case you lose any of them.
10. Email Yourself
Before you leave, send yourself an email with all of the important details of your entire trip. This way you’ll always have backup to refer to.
11. Call the Bank
Get in touch with your bank and let them know you will be travelling abroad so that they don’t see the foreign spending as suspicious activity on your account.
12. Pack Twice
Pack your holiday bags, and then pack all over again! Doing it twice will ensure that you don’t forget anything important.
13. Check Liquids
To save airport hassle, make sure that all your carry on liquids and creams are all 100ml or less.
Make sure to buy the right travel insurance. You don’t want to get in trouble or face a huge bill of anything goes wrong.
15. Memory Cards
Always take a few extra memory cards for your camera; you are going to end up taking more photos that you thought!
Make sure to travel with the correct plug adapters; otherwise all of your devices are going to be rendered useless!
17. Emergency Numbers
Make sure you know what the emergency services numbers are in the country you are visiting; it’s not going to be 911.
18. Offline Maps
Before you arrive, download a detailed online map of your city that you can use offline. It saves so much data!
19. Extra Clothing
Always pack an extra outfit and essentials in your hand luggage, just in case your checked luggage goes missing.
20. Be Brave
Travelling to an unknown place can be scary, but be brave and you will have the best time ever!