It doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re traveling around the world or just revisiting a favorite holiday destination. Sometimes a few simple tips can protect your holiday from turning upside down.
Be considerate of local laws and customs
Did you know in Thailand it is highly offensive to touch someoneâ€™s head or that insulting the king can result in prison? Upsetting a local can quickly escalate into a dangerous situation in many countries and keeping the main customs in mind can help you avoid trouble.
Take some basic toiletries and clothing in your hand luggage
Itâ€™s all too easy to get caught out badly when your flight or transport is delayed by several hours or even days. When you have checked your main luggage away you will unlikely be able to access it again meaning you are trapped in the airport terminal with just your hand luggage â€“ so plan for the worst!
Properly label your baggage with your details
Ensuring that your details are displayed clearly both inside and out of your main luggage can assist the chances of them being returned greatly should they get lost. Airlines often misplace baggage and it can be uncertain where it has come from, if your name is present then the speed it is returned will be much quicker.
Take the necessary amount of medication
If you take any prescription medicine then make sure you visit your doctor before hand and get a larger amount. If you mention that you are traveling for whatever period they should be able to help you plan how much you will need. It is also a good idea to check if the name of your medication is different in the country you are visiting should for whatever reason you require more when you get there.
Get proper protection against local diseases
Making sure you are properly vaccinated against local diseases and illnesses is not only fundamental in ensuring that your holiday goes trouble free but also potentially lifesaving. If you are visiting remote areas then medication is often in short supply. For instance, if you are bitten by a rabid dog you only have a matter of hours to get the proper vaccination if you havenâ€™t already been vaccinated.
Ensure you have color copies of your passport and identification
If you lose your passport or ID then getting a new one can be quite difficult. You will find the process is much easier and quicker if you have a good quality color photocopy to show your embassy. Ensuring that you have the details of your credit cards as well can make canceling them much easier if you should lose them.
Let your friends and family know where you are going
Especially if you are traveling to remote areas, ensuring someone knows youâ€™re literary as closely as possible could prove to be lifesaving. If an emergency situation does occur then your relatives will be able to reach you much easier or alert relevant authorities of your whereabouts.
Plan appropriately before you leave to the airport
Perhaps the worst thing that could happen is that your holiday or trip gets delayed or canceled even before it has started. Donâ€™t cut it fine getting to the airport â€“ you never know what could happen of the way. Parking can often be a nightmare so book the airport car park before hand and ensure you know how long it will take for you to get the airport.
We never leave home without our SteriPEN water purifier. What do you take with you on every trip? Do you have any preparation tips?