In many instances, we heard of many tourists didn’t pack for what they needed during their holidays and hence a happy holiday may turn into a disaster.
A travel check list saves a lot of time and avoids unnecessary inconvenience. I would like to share my travel check list and now I can’t travel without checking on it.
One month prior to departure
* Passport Validation - Please check if your passport has more than 6 months validity period.
Custom officers have the right to reject entry even if you are hitting the edge of the 6 months validity.
* Credit Card Validation - Nothing can be more hard breaking than your credit card is invalid when you are about to pay for your oversea shopping list!
* Driver Licence Validation - Please ensure your licence is valid and it is recognized worldwide/ International driver licence
* Vaccinations - Get all necessary vaccinations done at least a month prior to departure. In fact, I would definitely check that out when I am planning to visit that country. For instance, Hep A Vaccinations may take 2 - 3 doses within certain period and hence you need to allow sometime for it.
* Check if any documents expired - For example, your hotel chain memberships/ special sports memberships/ licences etc
Pre-Travel Check List (1 week before)
* Prepare all emergency details (Embassy, Credit Card, Insurance etc)
Having all the emergency details are essential when your luggage went missing, passport/wallet/credit card/ valuable items were stolen, accidents happened. It's better to be well prepare than panic when things go wrong.
* Make a copy of passports to keep in the luggage
It helps all authorities such as local police, embassy etc if you have a copy of your passport to prove your identity when your passport is lost.
* Insurance Validation & Coverage (If it covers the country, car hire, Scuba Diving etc)
Please make sure your insurance is valid and cover the countries that you are visiting and any activities that involved. Check out Would you go on holiday without Travel Insurance article.
* Inform Family of the insurance reference & a copy of itinerary (for a longer trip)
This is just in case of emergency usage.
I'm sure below are self explanatory:
* Call Credit Card companies to allow chips/ inform of travel plan
* Pay all bills - Credit Card, Phone, Internet etc
* Divert postal mails for a longer trip
* Check for the cheapest rate for international calls/ internet roaming.
* Pet/ Plant arrangement
* Identification Cards
* Driver licence
* Employment Cards
* Credit Card
* Pin numbers/ token
* Insurance card/ Certificate
* Travel Health Card/ Vaccinations
* Medicine Prescription
* Foreign Currency
* Maps & direction guides
* Frequent Flyers Card
* Printed Air ticket
* Printed Accommodation Voucher
* Printed Car Hire/ Transfer Voucher
* Printed Subway/ Train Line Map
* Printed Entertainment Tickets Voucher
First Aids/ Medicine
I wouldn't leave for a trip without my own first aids/ medicine. In certain countries, the pharmacy only sells medications in local language such as in Japan. Sometimes, the pharmacist may try to speak English with local accent that maybe difficult to understand or you may be in a very remote area such as islands/ mountains/ countryside.
* Antibiotic creams
* Motion Sickness Pills
* Bandages (Multiple Sizes)
* Cold & Flu Relief
* Diarrhea Remedies
* Insect Repellent
* Insect Bite Treatment
* Pain Relief cream
* Medicine for Pain and Fever
* Food Poisoning Remedies
* Aloe gel (for sunburns)
* Eye drops
Tips: You may bring along those medication to the plane in case you need it.
Other list such as Toiletries, Electrical appliances and accessories are optional depends on personal usage.
The last travel check lists are for leisure, business trip, summer, winter etc. I will share other list such as scuba diving, trekking, safaris etc in my future posts.
Hope you guys find it useful and share with your love one.
Travel changes life and it changes my perspective in many ways, so keep travelling!