Don't be caught off-guard when you travel! You've spent months and months planning and saving for your trip, avoid any stress and hassles by remembering these travel tips!
You can never be too careful, and we've made it simple for you. Make a checklist of everything you need to bring. The list has an added bonus of showing you the things you won't need to bring as well.
Start off with the important, irreplaceable items first, then move down to the less important ones.
We've provided a simple, printable checklist for you to use. Click here to download - It's free!
Related to your checklist, make sure that you have every document you need for your trip, this includes, but not limited to:
Don't forget to check the expiration of these documents and take a photo or a scanned copy of all these documents and upload them to a cloud account or just email yourself a copy for back-up.
All airlines have specific and varying regulations on luggage size and weight limits and it'll save you a lot of stress by making sure you're compliant to all the carriers you'll be travelling with.
We've also written a quick reference guide on airline baggage guidelines for your convenience.
Understanding each country's airport typical rules on security checks will also be beneficial so you can be prepared to pass through checks quickly. Rules such as items that require declaration, metal and fluid restrictions during an x-ray, and other small issues can be prepared for beforehand and reduce your stress immensely.
Always visit your local money changer for sufficient destination currency that covers the following:
While most countries will take credit cards, most won't and you may also be penalised with an unfavourable exchange rate.
Unless there's a good reason to pack everything towards a destination such as bringing handsful of gifts to friends or family, it's usually best to pack as light as possible and fill in any need by purchasing locally at your destination.
This is particularly true when you're visiting another major city. Chances are, you won't need to bring more than the minimum for most items such as toiletries, basic clothing, towels, and such.
Buying local will also enrich your travel experience and lets you be more "local" than a tourist, in most cases.
Leave the room for your souvenirs on your way home! Remember, what matters is inside.
Make sure you brought at least a couple of universal travel adapters, preferably of different sizes as well. Almost all countries use a different socket than Australia, so it's important to have universal adapters to keep your gadgets charged. However, many hotels, hostels, airports, or venues have receptacles that may not fit large, universal adapters, so make sure you have adapters of slimmer profiles as well.
Lastly, check the voltage specifications of your destination country. If your electronics' specifications are not dual-voltage (110-240V) or different from Australia's, make sure to bring a proper transformer.
Nothing is as versatile as a backpack for a traveller. When strolling around town or hiking in the woods, a backpack that offers ergonomic straps, ample storage, and secure compartments will free up your hands and allow you to enjoy your adventure while carrying everything you need for the day.
Carry your backpack across your chest provides added security to your belongings as well in crowded areas. Need a good backpack? Check out what we have available!
Before leaving, make sure you've downloaded all the necessary apps you need from home as access to the internet may be restricted or hard to come by overseas.
Offline maps, currency exchange apps, messaging and communication apps, translation tools, and local transportation guides are some apps you should have on your devices.
Travel insurance covers a lot of benefits when things go wrong. Whether its delayed or lost luggage or falling ill, it's best to know that you and your family are covered. Medical or accident expenses in your destination country may be significantly more expensive than Australia, it's best to be covered.
Travel brings along endless memories, but it also exposes Australians to more illnesses that the isolated continent is not accustomed to. Make sure you're vaccinated and immunised sufficiently for diseases or ailments common in your destination region.