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Why you should always plan your trip
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Whether you’re thinking of going on a short or long trip, the first thing you should do is make sure you’ve got everything you need. Let’s go together through the checklist of all necessary things such as the most important documents (e.g. passport, tickets, visas), packing tips, grocery shopping and any other information you’ll need.
Travel tip 1
Double-check necessary documents and their expiration dates
If you plan to travel outside your country, be sure to check the validity of your passports, visas, and any other necessary documents. For example, if you’re leaving the country, you’ll want to make sure passport is valid for the entire length of your trip, as well as any visas you may need.
At the same time, you don’t want to be caught off guard by an important expiration date if you didn’t have time to get these documents updated. So, if you’re going somewhere with a strict passport requirement (i.e. the Middle East), you may want to call or visit your local passport office to ensure your passport is up-to-date before you head out.
You’ll also want to double check that any medication you’re taking isn’t one of the prohibited items you need to list on your carry-on bag.
Travel tip 2
Plan your travel shopping list
Got your passport, visas, and other documents in order? Good. Now it’s time to start planning your travel shopping list.
Go through our travelling packing checklist and note everything that you still need to buy. You’ll want to make sure you have any medicine you need, some food, as well as any electronic devices like a laptop, mobile phone, and camera. You may also want to consider packing a sewing kit because, you know, life happens.
If you’re heading to a tropical destination, you may want to buy swimsuits or other beach items. For the coldest locations, make sure to pack/buy heavier clothing and accessories, including gloves, a scarf, and a winter coat.
Travel tip 3
Get prepared but don’t overspend
There are a couple of ways to save money while you’re preparing for travelling. First, you can always buy second-hand clothing. Alternatively, you can always sell some of your stuff when you get home. Anything you don’t use, whether it’s clothing, bags, or electronics, can be sold on websites like eBay or Amazon.
Don’t forget to make a list of everything you plan to take with you so you don’t have to buy missing items abroad - it’s probably going to be super expensive. And, if you’ll be travelling for more than a month, it’s a good idea to take out a travel insurance policy. There are lots of policies available that can help protect you from unforeseen mishaps that could be potentially very expensive.
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If you’re travelling with kids, good luck! But seriously, everything will be fine as long as you take a few extra precautions. Make sure to pack a travel-size backpack for your little ones, as well as snacks, and a few toys they can use while you’re away. Pack a few extra outfits in case of emergencies, such as a change of clothes for swimsuits or wet bathing suits.
If you’ll be taking your kids along, you may want to consider a child-friendly hotel. Some hotels have special features designed for kids, like child-friendly pools, playgrounds, and babysitters on call. And, if you’re heading away for a special occasion, consider splurging on a room upgrade so your kids have their own space when you’re away.
Not making a plan. Planning is the key to properly executing any trip, and without it you'll likely get lost in translation or miss out on many opportunities for fun along the way. Without a plan of action, spending money unnecessarily can lead to some pricey mishaps that might have been avoided if only proper planning was made beforehand.
Second popular mistake is not being prepared for the type of climate change--basically, if one is traveling from very cold to warm weather or vice versa, there can be problems with jet lag and other related issues because they may no longer feel comfortable in their new environment.
On the other hand, overpacking is also a mistake - it's important to only bring items that are necessary but also leave room so you're able to buy souvenirs from your trip too!
1. Know your destination and the weather conditions there.
2. Make a list of what you will need for your journey, including clothes, toiletries and medication.
3. Pack light to avoid overloading yourself with luggage that can be difficult to transport or manage (e.g., small handbag instead of large suitcase).
4. Wear comfortable shoes when travelling so as not to slow down walking pace.
Stick to the plan
Now that you know more or less what to expect, it’s time you created your own travelling packing checklist. Feel free to use our template and add what you think should also be on the list, as well as take off anything that you wouldn’t otherwise buy.
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