Unexpected Things Not To Forget To Pack On Your Travels
Travelling is always exciting. We become fixated on our destination and plan like crazy to ensure that we have all our plans in place. Location picked, accomodation picked, transfers sorted, food restaurants and cafes noted, travel insurance taken care of and travel money ready to go. There is a long list of things not to forget when you’re making your lists for your holiday, but there are a few things that we may possibly forget to look at when we are taking a trip away. Most travel is safe; we avoid countries that are deemed unsafe by the government and we will receive the necessary visas we need to enter the countries, but we still also want to be vigilant. Not all countries that are deemed unsafe are, necessarily. Countries such as Mexico and Brazil have a huge influx of tourists, even though it is renowned for being incredibly dangerous. As long as you take the right precautions, then you can be safe and most often it is down to common sense. So what are the things that we may fail to take care of when we book our holidays and how can we avoid making the mistakes of causing any problems when we are on the road?
How To Be Safe And Secure
Being safe doesn’t just mean keeping ourselves safe but also our possessions and also, most importantly, keeping a good connection with the world and having a mobile phone that is reliable and efficient! We rely on our phones daily when we are at home but when we are abroad, networks change and we may find that we are limited in certain spots. If we have any type of mishap, accident or problem with our travel plans, we need to ensure we can make contact. We can’t always rely on the place we are staying to provide us with good phone systems. Often hotels will have computers and phones, but sometimes we may be in more remote locations, or in hostels and air bnb’s that don’t offer this kind of service.
- Get a good reliable phone – this is important even at home. We need an honest and simple phone that will be reliable and offer good service that can keep us connected with the world. An honest mobile is important. When you are abroad, your service automatically switches the local network and your phone will adhere to the rules of this network. In certain asian countries, this may mean that you are unable to visit certain websites that are blocked. You may need to: buy a local sim, which will unlock your phone and allow you to make calls and give you better connectivity but this should not be a problem in Europe but out of the eurozone, you may want to check if you will need a new sim. Be sure of the rates that your service provider will charge for you to make calls and if there are additional charges. Keep a phone charging bank on you at all times incase your phone’s battery dies and you need to keep in contact with someone ASAP. This will allow you to never run out of juice and will give you peace of mind.
- Check your travel insurance – spending money on travel insurance can often be wasted (which in effect is a good thing) but when you do make your travel insurance purchase, you need to ensure that it covers you for what you need. Most insurance will cover you for medical covers and lost luggage but you need to ensure that if you’re travelling with additional accessories, expensive cameras, equipement, computers etc, that it will cover you for any type of theft or damages. Sometimes you may have to purchase a separate insurance for your technology but if you feel that they are valuable then it may be worth looking into and making sure that your insurance covers you for what you really need it for.
- Paper copies – everything has gone digital in recent years and this is great for the planet. It is improving your carbon footprint and helping the planet but you must be sure that you can have access to important documents also in paper form. If your phone glitches and you can’t access certain documents, even train tickets, insurance information or boarding passes, you may be fined if you have to print it out or have the company do it for you. Have the most important documents in paper form also to avoid issues as in certain countries you may find the wifi or 4G is non existent and therefore you may have difficulty accessing these things.
- A first aid box – you may think that you can buy everything you need on your travels but you may find that things are less accessible than you think. If you don’t know the local language, it may be difficult to get access to a certain item you need and it may be pricey and it could well be difficult to purchase certain drugs, even the most common of painkillers that we find at home. Put together a little first aid box that you can keep on your carry on, with plasters, wipes, painkillers, and additional extras that you may need such as tampons or sanitisers which can be helpful in airports and public places.
- Noise cancelling headphones/plugs – ear plugs may not seem high up people’s lists but it can be important if you’re travelling long haul. You will find that plane and train noise can be very problematic, although sometimes if may seem comforting and relaxing but if you are travelling far, you will probably want to turn off a little and ear plugs can be good to assist you with resting and turning off from the world. Noise cancelling headphones can also be important if you are needing to work on the plane and focus on your laptop; you can play music or sounds of choice to assist you during this time.
- An empty water bottle – this is a very important thing to take on your travels. Having access to water is really important to ensure that you are hydrated and that your water will be kept cool and fresh inside a water bottle that is not a plastic bottle bought from the shop. It is much more durable and can be taken and reused all through the day without having to repurchase. Just be sure that you are wary where you top up your water as a lot of hotels will advise you not to drink their tap water.
- Make a list of laws – if you are going to a country where you are very unfamiliar with the culture, you may want to look at the laws of the city to ensure nothing is breached. Even if you are a very well respected citizen in your home town, little things that we take for granted here could be classed as disrespectful in some places and landing in jail or getting police warnings or arrested can be very distressing but it can also be avoidable. There’s no need to get caught unawares. This may also include looking at driving regulations and if you are hiring a car, what the rules of the road are as well as any types of toll roads, borders you may cross and what documents you may need to cross through them.
- Reusable cutlery – if you are going to be travelling on the road a lot, you may want to take your own cutlery set. This will allow you to whip out wherever you eat, even if it is from a packed lunch box and this will save the planet and be more convenient for you too. It can be packed easily and it will also last you after your travels for picnics and packed lunches for work! There are plenty of eco friendly options also such as bamboo and easy to clean. Take a look online to see what you can get hold of for your travels. Of course your knife in the kit will have to be put in your luggage and not your hand luggage.
So be sure that wherever you are travelling to, you have the necessary precautions in place to ensure that you enjoy your holiday. There is no reason to be caught unawares and even though plans can go awry, as long as you have the communication and accessories that you need, you will be just fine. Many people find that making lists will allow them to get everything in order before they leave and either in paper form or you can use any of the multiple apps to assist you with creating a reliable travel list. You can refer back to it whenever you need and also keeping a city guide on you will be really important to ensure that you know all the local emergency numbers, travel information and guides to the city including how to get around and also anything that may be a law in that country.