Sunny skies and clear oceans or desert sand and pyramids? Island paradise or Safari tour? Cross-country road trip or 18 hour flight? There’s nothing more exciting than exploring new territory and travelling the world. Arriving at a new destination is an exhilarating experience that can’t be matched. But before you arrive (when you’re still packing in panic mode)? Well, that’s a lot less pleasant.
If there’s one thing every seasoned traveller knows, it’s that every destination has its own set of requirements – from clothing choices to luggage sets. So, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you prepare for your next adventure.
- First things first – check the weather: It may seem like an obvious thing to prepare for, but you’d be surprised how many people leave for a trip not knowing the general forecast. It’s not enough to know the general climate at that time of year; you have to have a general idea of the weather forecast for the specific time you’re there.
- Keep the necessities with you: “Keep any medication and important papers in your carry-on bag. On long flights with multiple stopovers (especially if flying via London, LA or other major airports), packing a fresh change of clothes is a good idea as bags tend to get delayed or lost on long haul, multiple stop flights. You don’t want to end up stuck without medication, clothes or your important papers even if it is just for a few days,advises travellerspoint.com.
- Know the law: Many countries have different regulations of what you can and cannot take into the country (and that includes stop-overs at the airport). Dubai, for example, has a long list of medications that are banned from entering the country. Double check the country’s restrictions before you pack, you don’t want to end up in a foreign jail.
- Swap clothing: If you’re travelling with a partner, put a clean change of clothing in each other’s luggage. That way, if either of your bags go missing, you’ll have some clean clothes to wear while the airline sorts it all out.
- Be aware of size: Independenttraveler.com advises, “Be aware of restrictions on the size and number of bags you may bring onto your flight. Many airlines now charge a fee for every checked bag or have lowered the maximum permitted weight limits for checked luggage.
So, before you get out your passport or pack your car, make you sure you keep these handy tips in mind.