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Checklist Before Travelling

Checklist Before Travelling
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It can be hard to plan a trip, especially if it is your first time travelling overseas. You must not only plan your vacation and ensure that you have all the necessary documentation, but you must also prepare and protect your home in preparation for your absence. Completing all the essential documentation and properly packaging all your important belongings that are you going to carry with you is very important. So to ease your work here, we have prepared a Checklist Before Travelling that you can use to make your trip hassle free.

Here is your Travel Check List

Double check your passport

Double check your passport Checklist Before Travelling
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Your passport is the most important item to bring with you on your trip. Without it, you won’t get very far. Some countries require your passport to be valid for at least 6-12 months before it expires, so double-check your country’s and passport’s rules. A lot of people don’t realize this and this gets them into trouble at the last moment. So, even before starting your packing, always first check your passports and confirm the validity with your time of departure.

Apply for an International Driving License

Apply for an International Driving License Checklist Before Travelling
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International Driver License is a good identity proof and very easy to get. It will also be helpful if you are going to drive when you are abroad. So carrying this piece of document is essential. In some countries, carrying an International Driver License is mandatory, or you will not be allowed to enter the country.

Get a hard copy of Travel Documents

Nowadays, everything is accepted in digital form, so carrying your tickets in your phone will be no problem. But in case something goes wrong with your phone, then your trip will go down with it. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep your tickets and other essentials in printed form to keep them as a backup.

Get a scanned copy of non essential documents

Get a scanned copy of non essential documents Checklist Before Travelling
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You will not be carrying every piece of document with your trip, so it will be a good idea to keep a scanned copy of your non essential documents because now when knows when you may need them.

Get travel insurance

Get travel insurance
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It might not be too late to protect yourself and your trip, even if you’re leaving the next day! Travel insurance can be purchased at any time prior to your departure date, though your plan options may be limited if you wait until the last minute. Travel insurance should be purchased as far in advance as possible if you want valuable trip cancellation and trip interruption benefits, as well as benefits for pre-existing medical conditions.

Get Vaccination documents

Get Vaccination documents
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In this Covid Era, a proper vaccination certificate is as important as a Visa if you are planning to travel abroad. Make sure to read all the important guidelines provided by country before travelling to that country regarding COVID-19 restrictions. Make sure to follow these guidelines, as not following them can get you in huge troubles and hefty fines.

Book Accommodation before leaving your home

Its always a good idea to book your accommodation before leaving your house. This ensures that you have a place to directly go to after landing in your destination country so that you can easily relax and don’t have to look for hotels when you are already tired.

Share your travel details with Friends and family Members

Share your travel plans, lodging address, and contact information. You won’t be doing this to brag. Rather, you’ll be doing it to ensure that they know where you are and how to contact you in the event of an emergency.

Charge your electronics and keep charger

Charge all electronics that you are going to carry with you, and don’t try to rely on charging ports of Airplanes. Also, keep proper adapter for all your electronics. Other countries use different socket standards so your chargers most probably won’t work there so you have to buy them aboard.

Things to prepare before travelling abroad

Choose right travel Bag

Choose luggage that is versatile, lightweight, and large enough to hold all of your travel essentials, regardless of where you plan to go. The most important decision you’ll make is to purchase a bag with an excellent warranty. It’s the worst to travel with luggage that has a broken wheel, handle, or zipper! Brands that offer stand-up warranties incorporate the promised durability into their products.

  • 4-Wheels: If you want to keep the weight off your wrist and easily roll your bag by your side, opt for 4-wheels.
  • Duffel Bag: Eagle Creek’s Duffel bags are simple, lightweight, and incredibly durable. Put it on wheels or sling it over your shoulder and get moving.
  • Wheeled Backpack: If you’ll be travelling through various terrains or switching from airports to cobblestones, having a bag that can roll or be carried as a backpack or Duffel is extremely useful. Traveling with a travel pack will give you hands-free mobility and ultimate versatility if you don’t want to carry the extra weight of wheels.
  • Carry-On: If at all possible, travel with only carry-on luggage. It means you can save time at the airport, avoid check-in fees, and rest assured that your luggage will not be lost by the airlines.

Organize and pack your travel essentials

Basic items

This includes your clothes like Lightweight clothing that can be layered, Long-sleeved shirts, Sweaters or fleece jacket, T-shirts and tank tops , pants and/or shorts, Belt, Socks , Comfortable walking shoes, Rain jacket, windbreaker or umbrella, Pajamas/sleepwear, Underwear, , Sunglasses and glasses case, dresses and/or skirts, Jewelry , Hat or sun visor, Scarf or bandana, Swimsuit or swim trunks, Cell phone and charger, Travel speakers, Travel pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs, Electric converters and adapters, Travel apps that will help with language, directions, money conversion, and and digital journaling, etc.

Toiletry items

Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, Hairbrush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins, Deodorant, Shampoo and conditioner , Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF, Make up packed in a washable sac, Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and Q-tips, Night time moisturizer/lotion, Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss, Personal hygiene items, Feminine hygiene products, Extra contacts, solution, and contact case, Glasses and prescription sunglasses, Cologne/perfume, Personal mini mirror, Hair products like hairspray, hair gel, and beard oil, Clothesline and detergent, Shaving kit and extra razors, Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover, Facial tissues and/or toilet paper, Travel Towel, Nail clippers and tweezers.

Health Kit

First aid kit, Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts), Pain and fever relievers, Thermometer, Cold medicines and throat lozenges, Diarrhea/laxative medicines, Oral rehydration salts, Allergy medicines, Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment, Multivitamins, Sunburn relief, Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever, Motion sickness pills or bands, Altitude sickness pills, Eye drops, Moleskin, Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity, Hand sanitizer or wet wipes, Prescriptions in original packaging, and Sleeping medicines

Personal Item Bag

In this bag, you will carry important items that you may need throughout the journey. This bag should be separate from rest of your luggage and should be small like a carry on bag.

Devices/Electronics
  • Mobile and charger
  • Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger
  • Headphones or earphones
  • Camera and GoPro/video camera, memory card, and chargers
  • Electrical converters and adapters
Entertainment and Comfort
  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs
  • Travel journal and pen
  • Books and magazines
  • Water bottle (you’ll need to fill it up once you get through TSA)
  • Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc.

Checklist before travelling to USA

The above-mentioned documents remain the same for your trip to the USA. The only thing that you have to keep note of is your Travel Insurance. USA is one of those countries in which it is Immigration to ask for your Travel Insurance and International Driver’s License. So make sure to carry these documents to make your entry in the country easy for yourself.

Also, Western Countries have different electrical outlets standards, so make sure to carry the correct charger for your devices.

Checklist before travelling to Europe

All the items remain the same, and the only difference comes in luggage size, especially if you are travelling through a European Airline. They have different bag standards, and you might need to pay extra for your luggage. Check the weight limit of luggage before travelling.

Checklist before travelling to Australia

All the documentation part remains the same and the only thing changes is your safety items. Australia is mostly dry and hot, so make sure to carry your lotions and sunscreen creams. Also, Australia is home to the most poisonous animals in the worlds, including snakes and insects. So make sure to carry insect replants and good quality shoes to avoid their bites.

Checklist before travelling to Singapore

Only full vaccinated people are allowed in the country, so make sure to get vaccination before starting your journey. The rest of the above-mentioned documents remain the same.

Checklist before travelling to UK

Travelling to UK doesn’t require any extra efforts other the above-mentioned list. Make sure to check the weather and temperature before travelling to make sure you are carrying all the essential items.

Checklist before travelling to New Zealand

Everyone travelling by air to NZ after 31 March 2022 must complete a New Zealand Traveler Declaration. Nau Mai Rā travel passes, issued up until 31 March 2022 for air travel, are valid for entry into New Zealand.  Rest of documentation remains the same.

That concludes our article on Checklist Before Traveling. We hope you find this article helpful for your journey planning. If yes, then please make sure to like and share this article. If you think we missed any detail then make sure t tell us in the comment section down below.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What do I need to do before Travelling to America?
All you need before travelling to USA is mentioned below:

1. Passport
2. Payment cards
3. Flight tickets
4. Proof of insurance
5. International license
6. Copies of important documents
7. Hand luggage
8. Main luggage

Do I need a COVID test to enter the US?

Yes. Any flight entering the U.S. from a foreign country, even for a connection, will require testing before departure.

What do I need to bring to travel to UK?

Depending on the season, pack correct clothes as per your requirement. Keep all the documents in a separate bag that you will be carrying in hand.

What documents you will carry while Travelling to UK?

You would need the following documents:
1. Passport
2. Payment cards
3. Flight tickets
4. Proof of insurance
5. International license
6. Copies of important documents

Do I have to have a PCR test?

Having a Negative PCR test or Fully Vaccinated certificate is a must for travelling internationally. This will allow you to travel smoothly without any quarantine period or on station checking.

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