The days leading up to a trip are always exciting and filled with anticipation. But, it’s also easy to get carried away and forget essential items or documentation. Some things may not be that important, like your pajamas. Other things, like insurance or your charger, are crucial to ensure your trip goes smoothly.
Below are 8 things that you should never forget before a trip. Make sure to check off every item on the list. By doing so, you’ll ensure that you’ll have a fantastic trip!
1. Travel Documents
First and foremost, ensure that you have all the necessary documentation to carry out your trip. This is especially important when traveling internationally. Your passport and visa (if required) should be the first things you pack before you start worrying about other things.
Also, don’t forget to check the expiration date on your passport and ensure that it’s still valid for at least a few months.
2. Make Copies of Important Documents
Adding to the previous point, it would be handy to have copies of all the important documents you need to travel. You never know when something might happen – your passport might get stolen or you might lose your vaccination card.
Make several copies if you can, and keep pictures of all important documents on your phone. With that said, since these documents contain sensitive information about you, store them securely (e.g., in an encrypted cloud or any other password-protected location).
3. Investigate the Safety of the Place You’re Visiting
Traveling is fun, but it can also be dangerous as you’ll often be unfamiliar with the places you’re going to. Before going anywhere, investigate whether it’s safe. If possible, try to find testimonials from other tourists who’ve been there.
If you’re going to a large city, research the different city areas and determine which are safe to visit and which you should stay away from. In some cities, one block can make a huge difference in terms of safety.
Understandably, you don’t want to think about bad things happening during your trip. Unfortunately, the truth is that you never know what can happen, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Getting health insurance is cheap and can save you a lot of money if you get yourself in an unfortunate situation in a foreign country.
Furthermore, some countries require all visitors to have insurance, and they might deny you entry if you don’t. If you’re going to be driving during your trip, it’s mandatory to have insurance for you and the vehicle.
5. Electronics and Chargers
We can deny it all we want, but devices like laptops and smartphones have become a vital part of our existence. Forgetting your phone will leave you without a line of communication and no GPS to make getting around easier. Thankfully, most people will realize that they’re missing their phone fairly quickly, as we’re used to checking it every few minutes.
Don’t forget the chargers, and if possible, get wireless ones as you never know how available electrical outlets will be during your trip.
As with insurance, medicine is also important to have, no matter how healthy you think you are. If you have certain conditions, always take your medication and prescription with you. Countries usually have certain restrictions when it comes to medicine, but you should be fine if you’re bringing smaller amounts.
Some common medicines that may come in handy are:
• Anti-dizziness pills and others.
An example where you may need medicine is if you’re on a boat and get seasick. In this situation, it would be nice to have medicine readily available to ease some of the symptoms.
7. Adequate Clothing
Remember to check the weather forecast for the place you’re going to and pack appropriate clothing for those conditions. In larger countries, the weather can be significantly different from one place to another. For example, you should grab some shirts and shorts if you’re going from New York to Florida during the winter.
Don’t forget about footwear, either. You don’t want to be stuck wearing winter boots in sunny Miami.
8. Tooth Brush
Speaking from experience, a toothbrush is one of the most commonly forgotten items when traveling. Realizing that you have forgotten it in the morning when trying to brush your teeth can be frustrating, and depending on where you are, you might have difficulty finding a replacement quickly. Additionally, you might be using a special toothbrush that isn’t readily available, so don’t forget to pack it as soon as possible.
Whether you’re going to a new country or somewhere more local, traveling is always an exciting experience. However, in the days leading up to your trip, it’s important to gather everything you need to ensure everything goes smoothly.