Whether traveling for business or recreation, good planning can make all the difference between enjoying yourself and facing a seemingly endless barrage of unexpected problems. The further you travel and the longer you intend to stay; the more important this planning becomes. Followings are five, essential things to remember before you head out on holiday.
1. Update Your Passport
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but an expired or soon-to-be expired passport is actually a very common issue among even the most seasoned of travelers. Keep in mind that most countries will want your passport to be valid for at least six months after your intended date of return. To be on the safe side, you’ll want to make sure that your passport will remain valid for no fewer than nine months after your return. Also, even if you aren’t planning a major trip, you may want to take care of the renewal now, just in case an unexpected jaunt becomes necessary within the near future. Keep in mind that processing for passport renewal applications is not immediate. You should also think about the requirements for a driver’s license in the area in which you’ll be traveling. In certain locations, a person’s current license will be sufficient, whereas other areas may require holidaymakers to have an International driver’s license. Oversights in any of these areas can bring your holiday plans to a grinding halt.
2. Pack Smart
Make a packing checklist and stick to it. The worst thing that you can do when preparing for your holiday is to pack far more than you actually require, while failing to include the very things that you do need. In addition to clothes, shoes, and accessories, make sure that you have photocopies of all your travel documents. You should also make sure that these aren’t packed away in the same bag as the originals. If you lose your passport, travel insurance info, or driver’s license, you can always use the photocopies to start working things out.
3. Renew Your Prescriptions
Contact your doctor and renew prescriptions for any medications that you’re taking on a daily basis, or that you might need in the event of an allergic reaction or other medical emergency. You certainly don’t want to run out of essential medications while in an unfamiliar location. This remains true even if you’ve been careful to bind travel insurance that gives you access to the best medical facilities. When it comes to your health, sticking to what you know is always better than experimenting with what you don’t.
One of the most important parts of traveling with medication is finding brands that make the best luggage. That’s because you’re going to need to stow these products in a durable and suitably-sized carry-on bag so that they’re easily accessed when you need them. When packing and traveling with medications, particularly those that must be administered with a syringe, be sure to get a signed letter from your doctor. All prescription and over-the-counter drugs should also be carried in their original, prescription bottles.
4. Check For Travel Advisories And Travel Warnings
Find out whether any travel warnings or advisories have been issued in your home country or in the country that you’ll be traveling to. These will tell you whether you’ll be entering into a high-risk environment, and if there are active or impending, natural disasters that might impact your planned excursion. Keep in mind that most travel insurance will not provide coverage for holidays in countries that are currently under any travel warnings. If warnings have been issued and you’re still excited to go, take the time to check terms of your coverage before heading out. Also, when taking any high-risk trip, always be sure to let a family member or close friend know where you’ll be going and how long you’ll be gone.
5. Get In Touch With Your Credit Card Companies
For most holidaymakers, the cheapest and most convenient way to get cash and convert currencies while traveling is by using an ATM machines. ATMs are virtually everywhere all throughout the world. Take between one and three credit cards with you and make sure to call the issuing companies before actually heading out. Letting credit card companies know that you’ll be traveling into another area will help you avoid security holds and other issues that might render your funds inaccessible, even to you.
Traveling to a new place can always be exciting, even when trips are scheduled for business purposes, rather than leisure. Irrespective of why you’ll be heading off to a new location, the tips above will help you avoid some of the most common, and wholly preventable, travel problems.