Introduction

Be it in your own country or outside, you always travel. We are continuously on a move to survive, to learn, to enjoy, to pray, to party, to attend a conference, etc. Each of these travels needs some sort of preparation even if it is made within your vicinity. For example, when you walk out of your home to come back in an hour or so, you check if you have enough cash in your wallet, or if your phone battery is okay, or if you have all the bills that you are going to pay. They are done at ease, and there is no special planning paid to these kinds of travel. Hence, you don’t sit and ponder over it. You don’t need to ‘google’, or ask a friend; you do it without even thinking.

But when your travel involves a different territory, crossing borders and diving into ‘the unknown’, it is obvious that you need to do some research before you embark on your exciting course.

In this post, we will try to highlight the basic checklist regarding what you should check before travelling.

Vaccination

We consider this to be the basic and most important aspect of your before-travel preparation as nothing could trade for your health and/or life. Thus, it is never a bad idea that you check with your doctor what sort of vaccination you need before you travel. The type of vaccination you need depends on your destination country, and in some cases, different travellers might be advised to take different types of vaccinations depending on which part of the destination country they are travelling to. In order to accomplish this, it is, therefore, smart that you plan ahead as getting vaccine records and getting vaccination might take days or weeks depending on your country. This is an important precautionary measure, and it should not discourage you from travelling; millions of people do it every year.

Insurance

Nobody plans to be sick, but just in case the unexpected happens, it is very wise to be prepared for. To this end, you need to check if your insurance coverage works overseas or if you need to buy an extended coverage.

Get to know the locals before you land

Proper documentation

Obviously, you need to have a valid passport and visa to travel. Even if you don’t need visa to travel to another country, say you are a citizen from European Union, and you are traveling to another EU member state, it is advisable that you have your passport and national id with you

If your destination country offers visa on arrival, you need to double check that there is no exception to your country. Ask the designated embassy before your leave, and we advise you that you communicate with the embassy via email, not over phone, for obvious reasons. Also your passport’s expiry date should meet the requirement and you should make sure that your passport does not expire in less than 6 months or a year. Please check this with the embassy.

Double-check the visa requirements,

Make sure your passport will not expire soon

Get copy of your passport and store a copy online

Money and credit card issues

Don’t rely entirely on credit cards or entirely on cash. Either of those could be stolen, or he card’s chip may stop working. Hence, having a bit of both could minimize the risk involved. 

Countries of have rules, don’t carry beyond the required cash limit.

Staying in touch

It is always smart to figure out how you are going to stay in touch with your loved ones. You cant for sure forecast what is coming, just in case the unexpected happens, you should be able to reach your loved ones for help or advice. Figure out if you home sim card will work in foreign land and find out how expensive it is. In many parts of the world, acquiring a sim card is a very is thing to do. If you have smartphones, it would be a good idea to have one of the VOIP services such as Whatsapp, Viber, Imo, etc installed. Just in case you lose your phone, it is a good choice to sync your contacts online. If you don’t know any of these, it is easy to learn by googling, or watching plenty of youtube videos out there.

Other smart choices:

Visit your embassy at the destination

Put some cloths in your travel companion’s suitcase, and his/hers in your own.  

Bring along power banks for charging your mobile phones.

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