October 25, 2017

Don't Forget to Do These Things Before Going Traveling

When you go abroad for a long period of time, it can feel overwhelming with all the things that you have to remember. Packing your suitcase early is a good start, but there are a host of other things that you want to do before getting on that plane. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at the things that people often forget to do. Use it as a checklist and you can tick off everything one by one so you don’t make the same error. Let’s get started!

Make Copies of Important Documents and Buy Insurance
It is always worth preparing for the worst case scenario. Even if it doesn’t happen, you will at least give yourself peace of mind while you are on your trip. So, it is a good idea to make both digital and hard copies of things like your passport, credit cards, driver’s license etc. Email a copy of all of them to yourself, and you will be able to access them no matter the situation. Speaking of things to give you peace of mind, it is so important that you have proper travel insurance in case any of your valuable possessions get lost or stolen. This is such an important thing to do and it often doesn’t cost you a great deal.

Call Your Bank
Letting your bank know when and where you will be traveling will help you to avoid any awkward situations when they freeze your cards, thinking that they have been stolen. Also, make sure you keep a copy of their information on file so you are ready to get in touch with them in case anything goes wrong while you are abroad.

Write Down Important Numbers
We have become so reliant on technology these days that we panic as soon as our phones run out of battery. It is a good idea to have an index card of all your important phone numbers and documents so you can call them in the event of an emergency.

Get in Touch with Your Phone Company
Before you go away, it is a good idea to get in touch with your phone company to check if there are any specific deals that they can give you while you are abroad. While you will get good rates in some countries, others can end up being extremely expensive. Otherwise, you can consider investing in a foreign SIM card as a way of getting a better deal. Make sure you keep your data switched off until you need to use it to avoid incurring any unnecessary charges along the way.

Make a Note of Important Dates in Your Calendar
Just because you are away traveling, that doesn’t mean that you want to sever all connections from back home. Also, you want to keep in contact with people as much as possible rather than just posting bragging comments and photos up on Facebook! So, make a note of any important dates such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings etc. There are plenty of delivery services such as usflowersdelivery so you can send presents from wherever you are in the world. Keeping in contact with the people from home to find out about how things are going and letting them know what you have been doing is one of the great pleasures of traveling.

Check in for Your Flight and Print Tickets
A huge number of airline allow you to check in for your flight ahead of time, as well as printing off your boarding pass so make sure you do this before you get to the airport. Many budget airlines actually charge a fee if you don’t check-in online, and this is the last thing you need. Also, if you have pre-booked any other transportation tickets before you travel, it is worth downloading these and keeping a paper copy as backup as well.

Research Climate/Current Weather Conditions
You will find it much easier to pack if you have researched the climate and current weather conditions. The last thing that you need is to arrive, only to find that you don’t have the appropriate waterproof or warm clothing. As well as this, it is worth doing some research on local customs and cultures to ensure that you are dressed appropriately. For example, some temples in Asia will only allow you to enter if your arms and legs are covered up.

There is a lot to remember before going traveling, but hopefully this guide has jogged your memory in case you have forgotten to do any of these things.   

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