There’s nothing worse than frantically running around an airport trying to buy last-minute essentials at an inflated price. Or finding out that your terminal is miles away from where you thought it was. Or fumbling around for an all-important document and realising you did in fact leave it on your coffee table, just like you joked you would to everyone…
We’ve been through it all and so thought that we would impart some lessons learnt through experience to save you some distress! Using these insights will have you preparing for trips like a pro.
1. Put some sunshine in your pocket.
Being aware of the weather in the location that you’re heading to (and packing accordingly) will save you an emergency dash to a local store to find an umbrella or warm jumper!
It’s also always worth making sure that any extreme weather isn’t going to affect your journey. There are tonnes of amazing tools, sites and apps available that you can use to check the weather forecast for another country.
2. Is it a bird? Is it plane? The latter, hopefully!
It’s super helpful to check your flight status before you leave your home. This way, you can avoid any long waits at the airport in the event of a flight delay.
A lot of airlines have their own apps so that you can get flight-status alerts straight to your phone or tablet. Or you could just head to your airline carrier’s website to get the most up-to-date information.
3. Avoid the ‘low battery’ faff!
It definitely pays off to think ahead on this one.
If you have multiple gadgets to charge: mobile phone; laptop; tablet etc., it’s useful to ensure that these are prepped and ready to go well in advance.
That extra hour or so of juice could be a game-changer.
Useful tip: Power Banks are worth considering to give you that extra assurance and avoid any battery outage disasters.
4. Prepare Your Documents.
Print additional hard copies of all of your important travel documents as you may not have access to your email or phone when you need them most.
Pack a copy of your travel documents in your hold luggage and carry a copy in your hand luggage as well – you can’t go wrong with all bases covered.
Also, read your itinerary – it really helps if you know what to expect from your journey. Depending on your personal level of obsessiveness, double, triple, or quadruple check everything!
5. You’ve got mail! And it could be important.
Important last-minute changes to travel plans will most likely come with email notifications. It could be a modification to your hotel reservations or car-rental… or if you’re lucky, maybe even an upgrade!
Don’t wait until you’re at the airport before taking a look at your inbox. Airport Wi-Fi is unreliable at best, so you’ll want to check for any game changing emails at home first in case you need to pack something extra or make a phone call.
6. Pack a Snack.
Prepare some healthy snacks to take with you on your journey, or some comfort foods if you know it will be a gruelling day! You have our permission, honest!
This will save your stomach if you don’t have time to grab something while you’re on the go. Or better yet, it will help you to avoid those unhealthy fast food counters at the airport or station!
You can rest easy on your journey when you know your snack game is strong!
7. Remember. MEDS!
The medications you plan to take on your trip are something you will definitely need to think about ahead of time.
If your prescription needs a repeat, it’s best to know this well before your departure date.
It’s also well worth thinking about the types of conditions that you will be travelling to – will you need to get any anti-allergy tablets? Anti-malarial tablets? Are there any vaccinations required? Will you be able to purchase the things you might need in a local pharmacy?
Double check with your doctor if you need advice before you leave; you don’t want to be caught short abroad.
8. Take Some Pictures.
Use your phone to snap some pictures of your packed bag and your travel documents. It only takes a few seconds but the benefits could be huge!
Photos of both the outside of your suitcase and the contents of your baggage will come in handy if the airline loses your luggage. This simple action will help officials identify your bag, and a snapshot of bag contents will help you in claiming any losses if your luggage never returns.
Take photos of your itinerary, your identification, any reservations, and anything else with important information on it. You never know when these photos may be a real life saver. Please make sure that your phone/laptop/tablet is password protected and can be shut off remotely if lost. You don’t want anyone else to get their hands on this information!
As I’m sure you can tell, we are all sticklers for preparedness here at Diversity Travel. We like to travel like pros and you will too.
If you’d like to learn more about travelling safe, get in touch with the team here at Diversity on:
+44 (0)161 235 5402.
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