How many times have you forgotten to do or carry something only to think realise it much later? In the excitement of going on a holiday, it is normal to forget a few items from the packing list. These ‘few items’ could end up being the most important items that can potentially ruin your travel experience.
To help you pack better, here’s a travel checklist that you must write down and follow before you set off on your next adventure:
Is Your Passport Travel-Ready?
You are ready to travel, but is your passport ready? Check if you need to renew your passport or change personal details. Even a simple mistake or mismatch could stop you from taking off. For instance, Europe, Asia and the USA have a six-month passport validity rule. Few countries follow the three-months validity rule. Therefore, ensure that your passport is valid for up to 6 months or more from the date of travel. In addition, carry photocopies and scanned copies of your passport as well.
Visa requirements differ from country-to-country. Indian travellers don’t need a visa to travel to Bhutan. However, one is required if they are travelling to China, Denmark, or Brazil. Countries like Bolivia,
Cambodia, Jordon and Laos issue visa on arrival for Indians. This requirement changes depending on your citizenship, the country you are visiting, and of the reason of travelling. Without a valid visa, you won’t be allowed to enter a country. Therefore, check the details thoroughly.
Triple-Check Your Tickets
Haven’t we heard enough stories of people who missed their flight because the wrong information was printed on the ticket or they read the incorrect date/time? Don’t be one of them. Check the printed content of your tickets multiple times and verify the check-in time, especially for midnight flights. Most importantly, don’t forget to carry the tickets!
Triple-Check Your Hotel Bookings
There’s nothing worse than arriving at the hotel after a long airplane journey only to be told that they can’t find your booking details. Carry the original and photocopies of hotel reservations, room and tariff details, and payment receipts. Call the hotel to confirm your booking, even if it was made via third party or an online site.
Travelling with Cash and Card in Foreign Land
As your local debit/credit cards may not work overseas, it is often advised to get a Forex card. You should also get the local currency exchanged in foreign currency before flying out. It is best to visit your bank or talk to your account manager to clear out all the doubts regarding foreign currency exchange rates, card transaction charges, and shopping limits while travelling abroad.
Do You Need Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance helps to cover medical expenses, trip cancellation charges, losses due to misplaced/lost baggage, flight accidents, and other unforeseen events. Therefore, if you are travelling to a place with an unstable environment or expensive medical care, then buy travel insurance.
Check Baggage Weight
All airlines have a fixed baggage allowance. If you exceed that limit then you would be asked to remove the contents of your luggage at the airport and leave it there. To avoid this from happening, cross-check the maximum luggage you can carry and pack accordingly.
You don’t need to get vaccinated before every vacation. However, there is a list of recommended vaccines for certain countries as a safety precaution. Visit your family doctor or any healthcare professional at least 4-6 weeks before your international trip to know if you need to get vaccine shots. For instance, WHO recommends getting hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, and rabies shots before travelling to China.
GoFro Tip: We suggest that you purchase an international SIM card before you travel. This will save you the hassle of hunting for a SIM card at your destination, and keep you from spending exorbitant roaming rates.