Travel Checklist to Enjoy a Trip Abroad
Planning ahead is important when you want to enjoy a trip abroad. Prepare well in advance to avoid problems or emergency situations. Before you leave, it’s worth arranging things to ensure a smooth trip. It’s important to research your destination, organize your itinerary and activities, and plan what you want to bring.
Traveling is surely a fun thing to do. But before you leave, there’s work to do. To ensure a stress-free experience, do these five things before traveling abroad.
1. Deal with finances
The first thing you should do is consider your finances. Develop a budget. Save money for your trip. Make sure you have more than enough cash to cover your expenses. Be prepared for emergencies and unexpected spending. When bringing cash, also consider the monetary conversion. I suggest bringing U.S. dollars or euro. These currencies are accepted by most moneychangers.
It’s also good to bring debit and credit cards. Call your bank to activate international access for your cards and mention the countries that you’ll be visiting. Ask about fees and charges when using the cards abroad.
2. Research your destination
Whether you’re traveling on your own or with an agency, it’s always good to research your destination. Find information about the country, such as climate, cost of living, food, culture, transportation, safety, security, and common tourist scams. List activities to do, food to try, and places to visit. Read guidebooks, blogs, or magazines; watch travel videos or documentaries; ask in travel forums; or check with TripAdvisor, social media pages, or tourism authorities. You can also ask family or friends who have been there already.
3. Gather documents
Before traveling out of the country, make sure you have a valid passport. Secure a passport several months before your planned trip. Check if your country of destination requires a visa. If you need one, it’s advisable to start applying weeks or months before your flight date, depending on your country of destination.
Also make sure you have a scanned copy of your passport, visa, and documents. Bring these copies when traveling.
4. Luggage and packing
Make a packing checklist, and decide what types of clothes and items to bring. Do you need winter jackets or summer clothes? Do you need to bring adapters for your gadgets?
Next, organize your bag. Start by laying out what you think you’ll need first, and then edit it ruthlessly. If you can, pack light. Learn how to pack your suitcase more efficiently. Cube your clothes or roll them and vacuum pack. Also, always leave extra space in your luggage for souvenirs!
Use plastic zipper lock bags or pouches for electronics, chargers, and cables. Lotions and liquids in your hand luggage should go into plastic or zip-top bags.
5. Download travel apps and online games
Another thing that you shouldn’t forget when traveling is to download travel apps and online video games. I find these apps very useful most especially if I have to check for directions, search for cheap bookings, and manage logistics. When it comes to online video games, these help travelers like us to get entertained while on the road. Gone are the days when you have to carry board games to play your favorite real estate games because with today’s technology almost everything can be played online. Having access to plenty of free online video games will surely help your vacation more enjoyable.
6. Travel insurance
Make sure that you’re covered in terms of medical needs, baggage protection, or travel insurance. Getting insurance or additional protection provides peace of mind for your trip. Before traveling abroad, consider contacting a company that offers assistance with medical transport. Look for travel insurance that provides the additional protection you need to feel secure on the road should you have a medical emergency. A comprehensive coverage that will make you feel safer and will help you focus on the moment, resulting in a more rewarding travel experience.
Traveling abroad is exciting, but planning is the key to enjoying your trip. Prepare and plan ahead to make it hassle-free and worry-free. I hope this list helps you make your trip a success and enjoyable.