We can all forget things in the excitement of planning for a trip. It takes careful thought for you to be sure you have everything you need and understand what you need to know about your destination. From packing to cultural etiquette, there’s a lot to be sure of before you go.
Do make a list of the must-sees. This way you can work out a precise plan to hit the places you most want to see and the time to fit it all in.
Do re-pack your bags after the first pack. There is always something you can take out to free up space, leaving you room for treasures found on the road or save you money in extra baggage fees.
Don’t skip the insurance. Whether it is all-inclusive travel insurance or rental car insurance, if you’re out of town it’s important to be prepared as accidents do happen, luggage can be lost and cars can be damaged!
Do make copies of important documents before you leave. Making copies of your passports, licence, flight details, emergency contacts and even basic itineraries for domestic travellers is helpful and you won’t be stuck if something unforeseen should happen.
Don’t leave home without a basic first aid kit. Especially if you’re overseas and don’t speak the language. The contents of a basic first aid kit will come as a great relief if you’ve had a nasty fall, tasted some questionable food or need a little pick me up after a big night on the town.
Do take cues from the locals. Ask the hotel staff or locals on the street where the best places to eat, shop and have the best experiences – they are the experts after all.
Don’t be an uninformed traveller. Customs and cultures can change every time you move from one city to the next. Prepare yourself by doing some research and understand what may be considered as polite, rude or downright offensive.
Do be open. Experiencing new things is the best part of travelling. Step outside your comfort zone and try as many new foods, tours and excursions as you can. You may live to regret some but at least you will have a fantastic story to tell upon your return.