FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
If you are all packed and set to embark on your next journey, make sure to tick off these essential details that could save you plenty of drama when travelling
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: Emma Dau, Logan Weaver, Jake Blucker
03 June 2020
Planning your next adventure is all fun and games until somebody stresses out. Don’t leave packing for the last minute because a few little details can really trip you, if you forget to take care of them before departure. If you have already started worrying – don’t. we have got you covered with these five essential details to take care of before you travel.
FIRST NIGHT’S STAY
It is tempting to simply arrive at a destination and take it from there. Yet, as first impressions matter, so do first stays – this will be among the memories that stick with you when you arrive home from that dreamy destination. Even if you haven’t sorted your accommodation for the entire trip, make sure to at least book your first night’s stay.
Bonus tip: many places will need to scan your ID. Carrying a photocopy – or two – of your passport may come handy.
HIT PAUSE ON YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS AND BILLS
This is especially essential for those of us hitting the road for longer than a few weeks. There is nothing more annoying than travelling abroad for a year or so only to be hit with an automatic renewal of that pricy gym membership of magazine subscription. Save your money to spend at the actual trip by cancelling what you do not need. If you wish, you can also inform all relevant companies and people of a forwarding address for your meantime correspondence.
THINK ABOUT THE MONEY, HONEY
Experienced travellers usually have a few emergency dollars (usually between $50 and $100 works fine) for the first few days of visiting a destination with different to their local currency. Having some cash for emergency situations will save you time searching for ATMs and the potential huge charging fees of such machines. Dollars usually work best, if you need to exchange money for local currencies in most places. You can also bring a travel optimised bank card that doesn’t charge for overseas withdraws.
Bonus tip: if you don’t want to bring and exchange cash, you can always legitimately use your regular bank card abroad. Just don’t forget to notify your bank of where and when you’re going to prevent them from blocking your card due to suspicions of fraudulent activity.
BE PREPARED FOR AN EMERGENCY
This is important. Although we never want to think of accidents happening on our adventurous trips or holiday travels, emergencies do happen. More importantly, in case of an emergency, the last thing you’d want to do is panic over finding essential information. Create a simple A4 list of all the contact details for you and your travel companion. You simply need to feature information on next of kin and other important family members; country consulate; insurance claim numbers; your bank’s helpline for lost or stolen cards.
You can make a few physical alongside digital copies of your emergency list to have handy at any point of your trip.
GET YOUR GADGETS TRAVEL READY
Whether you need offline mapping or translation apps in case of language barriers, make your gadgets ready. Install the phone apps you need before departure and make sure to screenshot or download the accommodation and flight conformations – just in case. Avoid roaming charges and overseas bills by using your mobile data right – in most cases you can just keep your phone on airplane mode and just turn on/off the wifi. If you plan on taking travel photos or videos, don’t forget to ensure you have space to back them up whether that’s on SD cards or online platforms.
Pro tip: juice up your gadgets! From navigating, to Instagramming your travel, make sure your phone, cameras, laptops and any other gadgets are fully charged before departure. Most apps use plenty of battery and the last you want is for your tech to die mid-flight.
When you have taken care of all the little details before embarking on your next travel venture, we take a moment to remind you a couple more pro advises from experienced travellers.
Assuming you travel with luggage, consider that your big bags and suitcases may get delayed or even lost. Make sure to pack the essentials in your hand luggage to have with you at all times. These include chargers, local currencies and bank cards, essential toiletries, converters, valuables, some change of clothes and above all – your travel documents.
If it’s already about 24 hours before you leave, make sure to double-check your airport routes, flight times and connections. There is no need to arrive at the airport three hours before departure, but leaving too little time can easily turn on you. Make sure your luggage complies with the regulations and that you leave yourself enough time to check in your bags and yourself. If your travels require visa, make sure all your arrangements and paperwork are easily accessible with the rest of your travel documents. Flights to closer destinations are easily checked online, while longer flights and connecting travel information is usually accessible at the airport.
At last set your alarms and reminders the night before and make sure to get a good night’s sleep before you embark on your next adventure stress-free and travel-ready.