The Pre-Travel Go-To Checklist

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The Pre-Travel Go-To Checklist

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It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a travel adventure. You’re so focused on where you’re going, what you’re going to do, and how you’re going to get there, that it’s easy to forget the important stuff that actually aids your passage from home to your destination. In some cases, if you forget one of the most important facets of your travel plans, such as overlooking a visa, then you’re going nowhere!

Worry no more, as below you will find a comprehensive checklist of the most important items you need to turn your attention to before you embark on a travel adventure.

Print out and check all your travel documents

Sometimes you don’t need a print out of your flight ticket, and a lot of the time you can just show your reference number, but it’s not always the case. For the things you do need to print out, do it in good time, check the details are correct, e.g. the spelling of your name, and keep the email accessible in your inbox.

Check your passport validity

Check that your passport has plenty of time left on it. For most destinations you need six or three months left to run before the expiry date, so if you’re running short, make sure you renew in plenty of time.

Visa business

Head to the embassy website of your chosen destination to find out if your particular nationality needs a visa to enter and stay in the country. For many destinations, you either buy a visa at the airport and you have a certain length of time to stay, or you don’t need one at all, but some countries require this to be done before departure, e.g. USA, Turkey etc. This is a quick procedure, usually done online, but if you don’t meet requirements then you will probably be required to travel to the embassy and apply in person, which can be a time-consuming and costly business. Don’t leave it too late.

Travel insurance

This is just as important as the passport and visa business. Never be tempted to travel without adequate insurance, it’s just not worth the risk. What would you do if you were taken ill whilst away and you weren’t adequately insured? You’d be very poor for the foreseeable future, and that’s the best case scenario! Don’t put yourself in that risky position, especially when you can find quality cheap travel insurance very easily.

Health matters

You might not need vaccinations for your travel destination, but it’s always worthwhile checking, as well as finding out if you need anti-malaria medication. Do this around a month before you’re due to travel, as you will need to have any vaccinations or medication for a time before you travel. Also check that your regular vaccinations, such as tetanus and polio are bang up to date.

Moving smoothly onto … prescriptions

If you have any regular medications, make sure you get enough supply to last you for the duration of your trip. Keep these in the labelled boxes with your name on, and store them in your hand luggage.

Money, money, money

If you’re planning on using your bank cards whilst you’re way, or even your credit card in case of emergencies, it’s always worthwhile calling your bank beforehand to let them know your intention. It might not 100% eradicate the risk of your card being blocked, but it dramatically reduces the chances, and that’s certainly worth a phone call.

You might have a few other bits and bobs to remember, but these are the things that you certainly shouldn’t forget. The rest? Well you can sort that out in the event of a forgetful moment! Tick off the above, and you’ll be more than fine.

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Bethaney Davies
Bethaney Davies
A traveller for over ten years, Bethaney started blogging here on Flashpacker Family in early 2012. She founded the site to encourage and inspire travel and travel with small children and to share her own stories from the road. Bethaney also runs Go Click Travel where she focuses on travel tips and tricks for smarter travel. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Google Plus.
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  • Sally@Toddlers on Tour
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    I always like to organise a small amount of currency (in small denomination notes) of the country I am travelling to and through before I leave home.

    You never know what you may need to pay for just as you arrive at your destination – such as a taxi or train fare. Or just to tip the concierge on arrival.
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  • hotmamatravel
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    It seems overwhelming everything that needs to get down before a trip. It is great to make your checklist and hang it somewhere visible so you don’t forget things. I always tell my credit cards where I’m going first thing! I don’t want money issues while away!
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  • Dave Briggs
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    Reading about checking your passport validity just brought a smile to my face! A friend recently booked a package vacation, and only realised just in time that their passport had expired. that could have been a very expensive mistake!
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    This is a great list. I actually decided to renew my passport over a year early, just to save the hassle later on. My boyfriend, Ben, thought his passport was still valid, but turns out it had expired a few years ago – HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THIS! I bet there’s lots of people who book flights without checking… only to not be able to fly.
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  • Italia Together
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    Your advice are always very usefull.
    It is normal to check Check your passport validity but many time you can forget something, most of all for a short trip so it is usefull to print this list and check it
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