Checks You Should Always Make Before Travel
Regardless of how much or how little you travel, certain factors of the basic experience itself are always going to be important to bear in mind. It is a good idea to make sure that you do so, as it can really make a difference to your overall enjoyment of the experiences in question, and that is obviously something you want to be able to control as best as you can. Basically, this is just about making sure that you are prepared for any travel that you undertake. The more prepared you are, the more likely it is that it will all go to plan, and therefore the less stressful it will be. As such, you should endeavour to carry out the following checks whenever you are about to travel, just to make sure that everything goes smoothly for you.
Probably the most important check you need to make is that you have all of the necessary travel documents that you are going to need when you travel. This is both so simple that you would think you can’t forget it, and yet such a common problem that people obviously do forget it quite often. That can then lead to a number of issues throughout the trip, or – if you forget something really important – could mean that you end up missing the entire trip. Clearly, that is something that you would much rather avoid, so it’s a good idea to draw up a list of what kind of documents you are going to need.
What might such a list include? Most importantly, you should make sure to remember your passport and any visas that you might need for the country you are to visit. This is something you will need to check far in advance, so you can give yourself the chance to get the appropriate visa, which can sometimes take many weeks or even months to arrive. In some cases, you don’t need anything with you as you arrive, but you will apply for one in person on arrival at the airport. Generally this will cost some money, so you should be prepared with that before you get there. Occasionally there might be other related things you need to show such as a flight itinerary for visa application without payment, so it’s best to double-check all this before you even set off.
As well as those, you will want to make sure that you have any bookings on paper which you might have made, even if they say that you don’t need to take anything. Having your bookings printed out and kept in a folder is a safe way to ensure you can still get into your hotel and so on whenever you go abroad, even if you happen to lose your phone or booking in some other way. Clearly, having all the documentation in order before you travel is hugely important for the enjoyment and ease of your trip.
In many cases, you won’t need to worry about getting vaccinated – but if you are going somewhere particularly exotic, there is a good chance that you will need to get one or two vaccinations – or in the case of some areas, more than two. The best way to check for sure is to go on the government’s website, where they have a list of countries, with advice for travelling to them, including what vaccinations you might want to get. It might seem tempting to not get them, but the truth is that it’s not generally a risk you really want to run. Without the proper protection, you are only putting yourself in a danger which could be lethal – and the worry of it might ruin the experience of your holiday, anyway. Similarly, you should make sure that everyone you are travelling with has had their vaccinations too – meaning your children, most importantly, if you are travelling with them.
It’s not entirely uncommon for airlines and airport staff to strike, and statistically you are likely to be caught up in such drama at least once in your life. When that happens, it is obviously a tremendously frustrating situation to be in, and you will wish that you had simply not arrived at the airport, where you might now be stuck for hours or days. It is therefore a very good idea to keep one eye on the news in the weeks leading up to your holiday, and in particular on the week itself and the day before. Even checking on the morning you are due to leave is important, as there might be emergency striking taking place. All of this would severely disrupt your plans, so it is best to be prepared for them. All being well, no such strikes will be in place, and you can continue on your way without any trouble.
Probably one of the more worrying or frightening parts of leaving the home for a long time is not knowing what kind of condition or state it is in at any one time. If you are travelling for a long time, you might even want to get someone to look after your home for you, at least for part of it. Even for a short trip, you will find it is something of a concern to leave the home, but you can make it a lot easier on yourself psychologically if you at least carry out a number of home checks before you go abroad.
The nature of these checks will depend on the home, but most importantly you want to know that it is locked up and secure, and that you have not left lights on or gas on or so forth. You might also consider installing a timer so that it looks like someone is there some of the time. Of course, to really make it easier to leave the home, you could also think about installing security cameras, which you can monitor from your phone.
Take care of these checks, and you should feel much more ready to leave for your holiday. Don’t forget to check out all of my tips for traveling around Europe too!