When you’re traveling, there’s so much to organize. Reservations, insurance, visas, and finances, all take time. It’s easy to forget to do some of the basics, so that if something unexpected happens when you’re traveling, such as an accident or theft, then you know what to do.
Here are some common-sense tips for your next trip.
Have more than one source of money
It’s common these days to pay with everything with a single card, or even your watch if you have Apple Pay set up, but what happens if there’s an issue with your bank, or you lose your card or phone? It makes sense to have an additional source of money. This could be some actual currency from the country you’re visiting, a virtual visa card, or a backup credit card.
Don’t gamble on insurance
When you travel, you should always have the right insurance in place in case you need it. It’s tempting to save some money but don’t risk it. In different areas of the world, you’ll need different levels of insurance. Travel insurance should cover any issues with your flights, hotels, property, and medical cover.
If you’re planning to do any sports or other activities then most insurance policies won’t cover you, so you will need to get specialist insurance.
Makes copies of important documents
Carrying around all of your important travel documents on your phone is handy, but if you lose or damage your phone, you’ve lost access to this important information. Print out copies of your tickets, insurance documents, visa information, and passport. Keep the copies in your main luggage if you’re checking any in. That way, if your hand luggage is lost or stolen, you will still have another set of documents that you may need to prove your identity.
Write down a list of emergency contact numbers and emails too so that if you will still be able to contact people.
Let people know of your travel itinerary
It’s common for people to travel alone, but there are a few precautions you can take to make your trip safer. If possible, let someone know where you’re going, where you’re staying, and when you’ll be returning. That way, if anything happens, someone will be able to alert the authorities if you’re not back when you’re expected to be.
Similarly, if you’re planning on going on a walk or an excursion by yourself, let the hotel reception know where you’re going and when they can expect you back. If you haven’t returned, they can try and contact you and raise the alarm if necessary.
Travelling can be a little stressful when you have so much to organize and think about when you’re there. By taking the time to plan in advance in advance, you can make your trip a lot easier if something does go wrong. After all, becoming ill, having an accident, or losing items is fairly common and will happen to most people at some point in their lives.