Things Not to Forget on Your Next Trip to Do


Traveling can be a highly emotional time, Things Not to Forget.

And unless you keep a travel checklist, many times you may be trying to remember what to pack, oftentimes at the last minute.

Here are things not to forget on your next trip.

If you are a frequent business traveler, you may be exhausted from traveling, and perhaps aggravated or even bored.

It’s different when you travel for work and not for pleasure.

These emotions can be just as strong as the giddy excitement vacation travelers experience.

Whenever strong emotions are involved, you can make mistakes.

Little things are forgotten, left behind, or remain unattended.

Many a house has been lost because excited travelers forgot to turn off an open flame on the stove top or to unplug small appliances.

But it doesn’t have to be quite as dramatic to put a damper on your vacation, even if it is some place as exotic as Phuket.

Those once in a lifetime vacations are the ones you especially don’t want to ruin because of some little thing you never even thought of until it was too late.

Things Not to Forget on Your Next Trip
Things Not to Forget on Your Next Trip

Table of Contents

Things Not to Forget When Traveling Checklist

To ensure that your travels go smoothly, be sure to make a checklist.

This will also help you to pack light.

Do this well in advance when emotions are not so high.

That way when emotions are at their most volatile, you will have a note from the steadier version of yourself to get you through the packing.

Mail Service

When you are going on a long trip, you always want to have someone you trust to pick up your mail and newspapers so that your mailbox does not overflow.

You also want to ensure thieves don’t have an easy and visible indicator that you are away.

Another reason you need to tend to the mail is that life does not stop just because you are away.

There might be important business to tend to and sensitive information that can fall into the wrong hands.

But not everyone has trustworthy neighbors or anyone to ask to help while they’re away.

Halting your mail is not a good solution when there are actionable items that can’t wait for you to get home.

What you need are digital mailbox services that can handle your mail for you while you are away.

These services include a real street address where you can forward your mail and packages.

They will scan your unopened mail and notify you of what you have received.

From there, you can have them open your mail and scan it so that you can read it when you have time.

They can securely shred it, and even deposit checks for you.

A digital mail service provider is like having a good friend take care of your mail for you while you are away, only more reliable and useful.

Local Sim Cards for your Cell Phone

Right now, you have a great smartphone plan for your family’s multiple iPhones from Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint.

You might even have some add-ons like options for plenty of high-speed tethering.

All of that goes away the moment you leave the country.

If you don’t take care of that before you leave, you will return to a bill worth thousands.

The solution is to acquire a local SIM.

The downside is that you will have to use a different phone number.

But that can be solved by giving your contacts your Google Voice number which is free.

It is not always easy to find a SIM provider depending on where you are going.

Keep a sharp eye out for vending machines that sell something other than sugar water.

Rather than scurrying from place to place to find a provider, cover that detail in advance.

Have them mail you your SIM before you leave if at all possible.

This slight inconvenience can save you thousands.

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Things Not to Forget on Your Next Trip
Bring wipes or hand sanitizer on your trip

VPN for Privacy and Security

You will never forget your trip to China.

Just remember that you will be behind two great walls.

There is the one that can be seen from space, and the one that blocks you from your favorite content on the Internet.

You’ll want to do some research to learn the policies of the place where you are going.

The best way to ensure access to the Internet you are used to is to secure a VPN service before leaving home.

While some VPNs are free, the best ones cost a little money.

What you get in exchange is the ability to access the entire Internet rather than the subset permitted to the locals.

You will also have a private and secure connection to the Internet so that you will be free from snooping and worse.

What to remember before your trip

For a great vacation, don’t forget the little things.

Those little things include, but are not limited to, mailbox services, a local SIM, and a good VPN.

When you can plan ahead on some of things which take advantage of the technologies available today, you will be prepared, no matter where you go and how long you will be away.

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Round The World Packing List

Our Round The World Packing List – There comes a time when you need to take a look at your current travel gear, throw away the stuff you don’t need or use anymore, and swap it for something new and fresh.

Now that we are on our way to travel around South East Asia again (we will be in THAILAND) we feel it’s a good time to remix our gear list and upgrade everything.

We have spent the last year traveling around Europe – so now it’s time to ditch the warm jackets, jeans and thick shirts.

Also from now on we’re traveling a little differently:

We will be taking with us more high-tech gear like the Canon 550D DSLR Camera, a Tripod, Wireless Microphones and a Macbook Pro laptop.

All to be used for our up-coming online weekly Travel (TV) Show, as we travel around exploring Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia for the next 4 months.

We will still be using 40 Liter backpacks, although we threw out the old ones and got ourselves two matching new backpacks.

Checkout our Round The World Travel Guide and you can buy it here

Round The World Packing List
Round The World Packing List

Sofia’s Packing List

– 2 t-shirts
– 3 Sleeveless tops
– 2 Bikinis and 3 Bras
– 2 Pairs of socks
– 3 Pairs of panties
– 1 Button up shirt
– 1 Dress
– 1 Pair of leggings
– 1 Skirt
– 1 Pair of shorts
– 1 Pair of Loose Workout Pants
– 1 PolyPro top

– Lundhags Dovre 40L
– Sea To Summit – Pocket-size Foldable Daypack
– 1 Silk sheet
– 1 Travel towel

– Lush Solid Shampoo & Bodywash bars
– Deodorant
– Face Wash and Makeup
– Tangle tweezer hairbrush
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– Earrings and Sunglasses

– Merrell Continuum Shoes
– Havaianas sandals

Round The World Packing List

Nathan’s Packing List

– 3 t-shirts
– 3 long-sleeve shirts
– 1 pair of shorts
– 1 pair of board shorts
– 3 Pairs of underpants
– 1 Thin jacket
– 3 pairs of socks

– 1 Silk sheet
– Lundhags Dovre 40L
– 1 Travel towel

– Toothbrush
– First Aid Kit
– Deodorant

– Sunglasses
– Cap

– 1 pair of Columbia Cruzado shoes

Shared Tech:

– 13.3″ Macbook Pro with case
– Mono Tripod
– 11.6″ Asus Eee Pc laptop
– Zoom H2 Microphone
– 2 Audio-Technica Omnidirectional Lavalier Mics
– iPod Shuffle
– iPod Touch
– 2000GB External Memory
– Canon D-SLR 550D
– Kodak Zi8 Video Camera
– Travel Power Adaptor

Personally I think it seems like a lot of stuff once you add it all up, but believe it or not, it all fits into our 40 liter carry-on backpacks, and that’s all we ask for.

Hope this gear list is helpful for you guys as well, remember you don’t need all that extra stuff – keep it simple, keep it light and it will make life so much easier!

Extra Stuff I Can’t Travel Without

For me, one of the toughest things when backpacking around the world is having to resist the temptation of buying every pretty and new thing I see.

There have been so many things I have wanted to buy, but since I don’t have much space for it in my 40L backpack and honestly the PAIN from having to carry it around outweighs the PLEASURE.

I simply promise that I will return one day and buy it.

When you settle down for a while, you really get used to having an abundance of choice to wear ANY clothes, and as much make up and jewelry as you want.

But when out traveling you are really forced to learn how to live with only a few important things.

I’ve done pretty well I think, but there are still a few things that I simply won’t travel without:

Hair Ties

I always, ALWAYS have a few of these on my wrist, because even if I don’t need one now, I know that at some point during the day it will come in handy.

The worst thing I know is having your hair sticking to your sweaty back…. yuck!

Hair ties are also useful for so many other things, it’s amazing how many things you can tie together to save space and when organizing stuff.


I know I don’t need them, but wearing long dangling colorful earrings is my way of making myself feel extra pretty on those ‘bad’ days.

Also they seem to just make any boring old travel outfit that much nicer!


Using concealer is pretty much the only make up I wear or take when traveling.

It is great to touch up a few random spots etc.

Gift From Home

For me this is about having that little bit of certainty.

I like having something from home, a letter from a close friend, a special photo, or something I bring with me which I can look at and feel that warmth and safety, remember that there is always a place I can go back to where people miss me, and feels like home.

Good Face Wash Product

Yes, another face product.

But for me the skin is really important, and when traveling you often travel under pressure, stress and in so many different climates.

All of this can cause bad skin, so using a good face wash/soap is a must for me.

It’s better to prevent than treat.

Tester Sized Perfume

I don’t use perfume very often when traveling, but I like to have it there in case.

Have you ever sniffed that ugly smell only to realize it’s your own shirt that smells?

That’s what this is for – a quick spray and the shirt is like new again…! 😉

This round the world gear list will see you through for months.

Depending on the climate, you can find in-season clothing and gear at secondhand shops once at your destination.

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Preparing for a Cruise – The Technophile’s Checklist

When Preparing for a Cruise, there are several elements that go into successfully planning a vacation, and it can seem like there are countless considerations along the way.

You must decide on the perfect destination, time and length of the trip, as well as each individual activity on you vacation.

Additionally, you you must plan for transportation to get there and secure the necessary accommodations upon arrival.

On the other hand, you could choose a cruise and knock and all of these aspects in one go.

Preparing for a Cruise - The Technophile’s Checklist
Preparing for a Cruise – The Technophile’s Checklist

If you do choose to go the cruise route, the majority of your preparation may come down to packing.

Especially for technophiles who are not particularly used to leaving the comfort of civilization and high-speed internet connections, this can be a challenging prospect.

Not to worry; this guide has collected all of the major gadgetry that any tech fan should not be without on a cruise.

Preparing for a Cruise – Technophile’s Checklist

The basic necessities should go without saying.

You will need to pack the bathing suit, flip-flops, sunglasses and any items that would be brought on any beach vacation.

The following checklist consists of the gadgets, devices and accessories that would make any tech geek feel at home while on the ship.

Waterproof Smartphone Case

For the majority of modern individuals, our lives are in our smartphones.

Not only are they necessary for most of the basic elements of everyday life and work, they hold personal and vital data, some of which cannot easily be replaced.

Especially if you are on a cruise, the phone itself cannot be replaced; there are not that many Best Buys located in the middle of the ocean, but there is a lot of non-gadget friendly water there.

Unless you plan to pack a bowl of rice and a lot of patience, you would be safer with a waterproof smartphone case.

Many modern devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and the iPhone X have some level of water resistance, but it is better not to take your chances.

Aside from the basic protection they provide, a waterproof case would allow you to take photos underwater without spending more on a waterproof camera.

Wireless Accessories

Depending on your needs and what you plan to do, you may need to pack several wireless accessories.

Wireless earbuds and/or small speakers can be a necessity for lounging around on the ship.

Additionally, a wireless keyboard would be necessary if you hope to write anything but do not want to bring your computer.

A Bluetooth headset may be helpful if you plan on being on the phone a lot.

The one thing to remember with all of these: buy water resistant if possible.

Power Strip

We can get so caught up in purchasing and packing all of the cool, new gadgets that may come in handy that we forget about some basic, simple necessities.

If you are planning to bring multiple items which need to be plugged in– which you probably are– a power strip can be absolutely critical for a successful cruise.

Technophile’s Checklist to Preparing for a Cruise
Technophile’s Checklist to Preparing for a Cruise

Even though the cabins rarely provide enough outlets, some cruise lines do not allow power strips; in this case, a small two- or three- outlet strip with USB outlets should do the trick.

Waterproof Pouches

Going back to the idea of protection, at least one or two waterproof pouches will be definite necessities aboard a cruise ship.

In addition to protection for any digital gear you may bring along, these can also be useful for your cash, passport, wallet and other important items.

Some come with lanyards, giving them the additional benefit of being easy carrying cases.

Selfie Stick

Although they can be annoying in the real world, a selfie stick can be an invaluable tool on a cruise.

You certainly want to take plenty of photos of yourself with your significant other and/or children enjoying the fun and the sun, so bring one of these to avoid repeatedly asking strangers for help.

Essential Gear For Your Adventure Ski Holiday

As many of you probably know we are currently in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany enjoying a ski season.

Now that spring is approaching, we’ve had some amazing days of sunny warm weather lately, but this also affects the snow and makes it more dangerous if you go skiing off-piste.

Essential Gear For Your Adventure Ski Holiday
Essential Gear For Your Adventure Ski Holiday

Many people who go for ski holidays think it sounds cool to ski off-piste, not realizing the precautions they have to take, and end up getting trapped in avalanches.

If you’ve planned to do some off-piste skiing this spring, take a look at this gear guide to make sure you have everything you need for your trip to the mountains.

We’re going to assume that you’ve already figured out that you need a ski jacket and pants, gloves and base layers, and consider some of the less obvious items that can come in handy while you’re away.

And don’t forget, as the season draws on a lot of the gear you need will be available at a discount, so look out for a good ski sale before you buy.



This is an awesome tool which lets you charge your phone, ipod or other 5V device without having to find a plug socket.

Which can be tricky on a mountain.

The latest version is solar charged, so you can top it up when you stop for a rest.

Thermal insoles

This will make your fellow skiers or boarders really jealous.

A battery heated insole for your boots – not recommended for late season sun, but if you’re on the mountain in early January they’re worth their weight in gold.

Toko Hot Wax

Ideally, your board or skis need to be serviced after every trip away.

So rather than paying for someone else to do it, buy some Toko hot wax and a file and do it yourself.

It’s easy (as long as you haven’t been hitting too many stones) and has the added advantage of letting you give your kit a quick once over half way through the trip.

Pocket Screwdriver

This is one for the snowboarders; a pocket tool lets you adjust your bindings, or more importantly tighten them up if they get loose.

This can happen with surprising ease if your set up is new.

And if you’re set up for freestyle and hit a huge downhill, then you can change the angle of dangle in a couple of minutes.

Avalanche transceiver
Avalanche transceiver

Two Way Radios

A phone signal can be hard to find in more remote parts of the mountain, so a couple of radios are the ideal solution.

There are a lot on the market, so take your time and read some reviews before you decide which set to buy.

Avalanche transceiver

A lot of good ski and board jackets have an avalanche transmitter built in these days, but if your friends haven’t got a transceiver they won’t find you.

Essential for deep off piste conditions high up the mountain.

Avalanche Probe
Avalanche Probe

Avalanche Probe

Avalanche Probe is essentially a lightweight stick that collapses to fit in your pack.

It has one invaluable purpose – finding someone when they’re buried, and can literally make the difference if one of your party gets caught under the snow.

Avalanche shovel

Does what it says on the tin, and once you’ve used the transceiver and probe to locate the buried person, it will help you get them out a lot faster.

The fact that it can also be used to build small kickers is an added bonus.

If you’ve got the transceiver, probe and shovel in your pack, then statistics say it should take no more than 16 minutes to find the avalanche victim.

Without them, it will take over an hour – so choose your mountain equipment carefully.

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How to Pack

Humans used to be a nomadic race, going from one place to another in search of better food and water.

There are still some communities in the world, which retain their nomadic beginnings.

We can just imagine the very first humans, who inexplicably bring up an image of the Flintstones, deciding to take their first journey.

That is when they would have come face to face with the most difficult of things:

How to pack correctly?

Like everything with traveling, it is best to prepare for your holidays in advance.

Frankly, how do you pack for a trip?

We can understand the urge to take along everything, but unless you live in a big RV Bus, it is quite impossible.

If you do live in a huge RV, even then taking everything along on your trip to overseas would be impossible.

So, now having established the need for packing, let us finally move towards the methods the can be employed.


Just as you should work smart and not work harder, so is the case with packing. P

acking smart is only possible if you have a proper system in place.

You can take the following steps to ensure that you pack smart for your next trip.


You start your packing by selecting the right bag.

If you are packing for a hiking trip then a bag form North Face would be more appropriate than your regular duffel bag.

On the other hand, an overseas trip would warrant an upright trolley suitcase, which is easier to carry around.


Being organized is the key to packing everything you need for the trip.

We suggest that you should start by making a checklist of all the things that you will need.

If you are traveling overseas, then it would be better to have all the things in separate sections.

The documents need to be present in a very accessible place, so that they can be taken out at a moment’s notice.

On the other hand, if you are packing for a stay at a hotel, there is no need to pack every little accessory.


Your handbag should ideally contain things which you need to keep yourself comfortable during the actual travel.

If you’re traveling by air then this could include your neck pillow, a sleeping mask, your favorite pair of headphones, etc.

It should also have your travel documents, just in case you need to show them.


Perhaps, it would be better to make the checklist before you start anything else.

Start with making a list of all the things that you may need on the trip.

This should include your clothing, shoes, laptop, toiletries, etc.

After you have made this first draft, it is highly advisable to revise it removing anything which has been included purely because you are attached to it.

The main thing to understand here is that when packing, space is at a premium.

For example, you don’t really need those three pair of shoes for just a weekend.


Packing a suitcase properly is an art.

However it can only be done after you decided what you’re going to carry with you.

So, traditionally this step would come after you have made the checklist and revised it to leave out any unnecessary things.

To pack efficiently, please use the following tips.

Tips for packing

When packing a suitcase, especially a vertical one, it is better to put the heavier things at the bottom.

This will prevent it from twisting and falling at every turn that you make with it.

Pack all your toiletries in a small plastic bag and make sure that even if something untoward happens, the bag won’t leak and ruin all your beautiful clothes.

If you’re going to carry jackets then it would pay off to buy reusable compressor bags.

They can save up to 75% of the space originally taken by outerwear apparel.

For your regular clothes, the best way to pack them is to use the time-tested roll method.

To do this, simply fold the items using the regular method and then roll them into a tight bundle.

Contrary to popular perception, it will actually help in reducing the number of wrinkles on your clothes.

Also, using this, items can be stacked one over the other without taking much space.

It is highly un-advisable to pack any sharp objects for an airplane ride.

Just go over the list of common items which are not allowed, to be sure that you do not have to deal with the hassle of parting with your favorite knife.

More packing tips

It would be better to carry any valuables on your person rather than in the luggage.

You never know what is going to happen to it and the insurance will not cover the cost in case your items are misplaced.

Using wheeled upright bags can save you a lot of trouble, especially if you are traveling alone.

Sometimes, it is better to skip common accessories like shampoos and other toiletries which can be easily bought for nominal amounts from the place you are traveling to.

This is it. These are our tips for packing smart instead of having to lug around all the heavy stuff.

How to Travel with a Laptop and Keep It Working

Having a laptop while traveling can be such a great asset – you can connect with your friends, upload pictures, save money by booking flights and hostels online etc.

Travel With A Laptop
Travel With A Laptop

But when traveling around the world, by nature you are forced to put your laptop through so many challenges that it can be really hard to keep it in a good working condition, especially if you don’t know the best ways to look after it.

On my first big trip, I took a small laptop which broke down halfway through and I was forced to purchase a new one – I had no idea how much pressure I put on my little 8 inch laptop, and that cost me a big portion of my travel budget.

Here are some lessons I learned

Use a good protective laptop case:

This is probably the most important issue when traveling.

You move around a lot, and it will get bumped into things no matter how hard you try to avoid it.

If you have it in a big backpack/suitcase it can get hit when someone throws your luggage in the bag storage on the bus, or handles it badly.

Never leave your laptop in a cold environment

If you do, and then bring it into a warm environment, condensation on the circuitry will build up and cause the laptop to short itself out.

Never keep your paperwork between the screen and keypad

Paper is pretty sharp and will eventually cut into the screen or scratch it.

Use good virus software

When traveling you never know how safe the internet connection you’re using is, so always make sure to keep your laptop safe with a good firewall.

And make sure you update it and clean your data every few weeks.

Avoid placing your laptop on soft surfaces

This will block the air vents and overheat your system.

Doing this too often isn’t good for the laptop.

Don’t pick the laptop up by the screen

I did this way too many times, and eventually the screen cracked…

I followed none of this advice, and as you can imagine every single consequence mentioned – happened…

How to Travel with a Laptop and Keep It Working
How to Travel with a Laptop and Keep It Working

One Last Tip

Even if you follow these rules there is still a risk that your computer will break.

If this happens, you can lose everything on it.

Make sure that you have saved your photos (and other important documents) somewhere else too, like on a USB memory or an external hard drive.

If you have an iPod with a lot of memory which you don’t use, you can even save them there.

Since both laptops and hard drives run high risks of breaking, I recommend you to store your photos online as well.

This way you have at least three places for your photos.

I’ve learned this from past experiences.

Our hard drive was full, and we hadn’t uploaded our photos from parts of our trip online.

Of course the laptop broke and the photos were gone.

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Tips for Smart Travelers

Whether you’re traveling for work or play, or whether you’re a newbie traveler or a seasoned pro, everyone could use a few travel tips.

Sometimes we pack too much.

Other times we don’t pack correctly for the weather.

Maybe you forgot your phone charger or didn’t pack enough reading material for times off-line.

Sometimes it is fun to just take things as they come on a trip.

But sometimes, just even taking a few minutes to research a brief itinerary, makes things go more smoothly.

Take a few moments to plan ahead.

It can make all the difference when you can enjoy some of your comforts and conveniences from home as you travel. Tips for Traveling Internationally

Tips for Smart Travelers to Travel Better
Tips for Smart Travelers to Travel Better

Stream content from your phone and watch it on the TV in the hotel room.

You can watch your favorite shows or movies without paying the high rate that most hotels would charge.

Just make sure to pack an HDMI cord that attaches to both your phone and a regular HDMI port, which most TVs have.

If you have an unlocked phone, pick up a SIM card at your international destination.

It’ll be much more cost effective than paying for roaming charges on your regular account.

You can use the data to call home, upload photos to Instagram, check Google Maps, and whatever else you would normally use your phone for.

For a few weeks before your trip, chat with travel vendors on social media.

When you connect with hotels, tour operators and restaurant owners, you may be able to snag some perks before you even leave home.

You’ll also learn more about traveling to Rome or whatever destination you have your heart set on.

A lot of vendors are happy to offer a freebie because it means you may help spread the word on social media.

Some diet experts suggest fasting for 16 hours before getting to your destination.

Then, you should eat as soon as you arrive, or as soon as possible after arrival.

This will help reset your circadian rhythms so you can get on track with the local time at your destination.

Since you won’t be expending any energy during the flight, you may be just fine without eating.

You should, however, drink plenty of water.

Since the air in an airplane can dry out your skin, consider applying a hydrating overnight mask and wear it during your flight.

You can find masks that are clear so you don’t have to be self-conscious about the mask.

Never pack the following items in your suitcase: jewelry, ID cards, credit cards, cash, travel documents or keys.

These items can be stolen or lost, which will leave you practically stranded when your flight lands.

Always keep these items in your carry-on bag.

As soon as you get to your hotel, unpack your bags.

Ten minutes now will save you loads of time later, when you’d otherwise be digging through your belongings to find your mascara, earrings or socks.

After a long flight, your eyes may look extra puffy.

Roll on an eye gel, which will work quicker than a cream gel, and put in eye drops to reduce redness.

If you wear contacts, take them out during the flight and wear your glasses instead.

If you fall asleep, you won’t wake up to dry, uncomfortable eyes.

Don’t let your trip be a drag on your diet, budget or mood.

By planning in advance, you can have a seriously memorable trip, whether you are traveling for pleasure or for work.

Use these tips for smart travelers, and you’ll find traveling easier and more relaxing.

Easily Forgotten Travel Preparations

Easily Forgotten Travel Preparations – With any trip, there comes a number of things that need to be sorted and organized before you go away.

But if you’re travelling abroad for an extended period of time, there are some really important things that you must not forget to sort before jetting off on your travels – and yet it’s these obvious little details we so often forget to do!

Here, to help any of you venturing off to new and exotic locations, is a checklist of things not to forget when you’re preparing to leave.

Easily Forgotten Travel Preparations
Easily Forgotten Travel Preparations

Confirm your passport expiration Date

I actually made this mistake myself when I was 15 and was going to travel abroad without my parents for the first time.

Two days before the bus left to Bosnia I realized my passport had expired – not a fun situation to be in!

There are last-minute solutions like an Expedited Passport but they are expensive and are only valid for a short period of time.

Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your planned return date.

Some airlines and immigration controls require this and it will also give you room to extend your stay should you wish.

Get your visas sorted well in advance

Forgetting to sort out a visa is another can’t-do mistake that many of us make.

Visa application processes can take up to several months to be approved and granted so make sure you research well in advance whether you need a visa and if so, which visa you should apply for.

Then apply accordingly as soon as possible.

For more information on visa requirements, check with the country’s embassy or have a look on visa application service websites link this one here.

Refill your prescriptions

This is yet another mistake I’ve made, realizing that a prescription I had was running out in the middle of my trip.

Many prescriptions can be found world-wide but it’s such a hassle and time-consuming to find the right place to go and book an appointment when you should be out enjoying yourself.

Clean the fridge and empty the garbage

The last thing you want is to return to a stinky home with angry neighbors.

It’s always best to turn the fridge off completely when you’re away, so clean it out!

travel insurance
travel insurance

Get insurance

Taking a big trip abroad without getting travel insurance really isn’t worth the risk.

You never know what’s going to happen when you’re away in an unfamiliar country.

You certainly don’t want to find yourself paying for medical bills abroad should you fall ill, replacing valuables if they are lost or stolen, or paying for legal fees incurred by someone suing your for injuring them or damaging their property.

Taking out insurance will save from having to pay such unanticipated and excessive expenses.

Check here for more information on travel insurance cover.

Budget carefully and realistically

If you’re planning a big trip is important that you budget properly.

Make sure you do your research checking how much you’ll need to spend before you go on flights, visa applications, travel insurance, luggage, clothing, etc.

Then look into how much money you’ll need for when you’re on the road, making sure you’re realistic with how much you will actually spend.

Rule of thumb is that you will likely spend more than you think so make sure to have a buffer in your budget, including a certain amount set aside for emergencies.

Be prepared

If you are traveling to medium-to-high-risk destinations, it might be wise to plan for two things: a water emergency and preventative illness.

A Lifestraw will enable you to have safe water to drink anywhere you go.

It weighs just ounces and makes water safe to drink.

Another preventative that is good to have is something for travelers’ diarrhea (also known as Bali Belly or Montezuma’s Revenge).

Travelan contains naturally occurring antibodies, the proteins that prevent and fight infection.

If you consume food or water that contains diarrhea-causing bacteria, these antibodies will target and neutralize the bacteria before they can make you sick.

Take one Travelan tablet before each meal with water.

No prescription is required.

planning a big trip
planning a big trip

Let your bank know you’re traveling

This is important for a couple of reasons.

First, they might find it suspicious that your cards are being used in random places abroad and will block it, leaving you stranded.

Secondly, they might have some great offers for clients who are traveling, such as a special card that has zero transaction fees from ATM’s abroad.

In my opinion, this is a MUST – and yes I’ve made this mistake myself too, wasting a ton of cash on expensive transaction fees.

Get immunized for vaccine preventable diseases

When going on a big trip, the last thing you want is to come down with disease, only to find out it could’ve been prevented.

Depending on your destination, you may need to get immunized to protect you from contracting certain illnesses.

Check well in advance which (if any) vaccines you need and contact your doctor.

Your doctor should be able to help you here should you have any questions.

Often treatments need to be made several weeks, even months, in advance to be completely effective so make sure you check and sort this well in advance.

What are some easy but important travel preparations that you have forgotten before?

Travel Packing List For Your European Adventure

Having a travel packing list is with no doubt the most effective way to make sure that you’ve got everything you need for your trip and that it is all packed in your bag. Packing List and Travel Guide

Travel Packing List

If you don’t have a travel packing list the chance of missing something is a lot higher, so before you pack, make a travel packing list.

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But knowing exactly what to bring when traveling can be difficult, especially if you haven’t done it much before.

So when deciding what to bring with you on your trip, here is a list of questions that can be useful to look through when writing down what you will be bringing to Europe.

What is the climate and weather like where you are going?

Is it warm, sunny and steady, does it change a lot back and forth or is it rainy and cold?

What will you be doing while there?

Your travel packing list will look very different if you plan to go hiking and camping a lot rather than spending your holiday in a city staying in hotels.

Have you planned to go out clubbing?

Have you planned to do a lot of shopping?

For how long will you be away?

Is it a few days or several weeks?

Once you have these questions answered and have figured out what you plan to do on your holiday, you can start putting together a travel packing list for your trip.

There is no right or wrong since we are all different, but here is an example of a travel packing list that I wrote on my previous trip to Scotland this year.

Now Scotland is a place which has very moody weather, it can be warm, cold, rainy and sunny all in one day.

And we had planned to spend time both in the cities as well as in the highlands. So what do you pack?

Travel packing list for trip to Scotland:

– 2 Long sleeved cotton tops

– 1 pair of jeans

– 1 pair of leggings/tights

– 1 thermal top

– 1 rain and windproof jacket

– 1 hoodie

– 1 scarf

– 1 dress

– 1 pair of high heels

– 1 pair of sneakers (good for walking but doesn’t stand out in the city)

– 5 pairs of socks

– 7 pairs of underwear

– 3 bras

The dress and the tops all worked together with both the jeans and the leggings, and the dress could be worn alone.

The leggings were also used in the highlands when going mountain biking, along with a thermal top.

Also, I brought all of that in a carry-on bag.

If you are planning to go to Greece on a summer vacation, here is what I would suggest bringing instead:

Summer Clothing:

– 1 Bikini/ swimsuit

– 1 dress

– 1 pair of shorts

– 1 skirt

– 2 t-shirts

– 1 loose linen/cotton shirt

– 1 sleeveless top

– 1 long sleeved top

– 7 pairs of underwear

– 2 pairs of socks

– 1 thin summer jacket

– 1 pair of high heels

– 1 pair of walking open toe sandals

– 1 sunhat

As you can see, the clothes vary highly depending on the climate.

When you pack your clothes, try to make all the clothes match each other so you can wear and combine them with each other.

It’s not effective to bring a top that can only be worn with one other thing.

However, there are some things on the travel packing list that I would recommend bringing no matter the destination.

These are more universal items.

Tech Gadgets:

– Universal power adapter

– Lap top + charger

– Camera + charger + memory stick

– iPod /mp3 player + charger + headphones

– flashlight/torch

– tripod

– Prepaid cell phone and airtime from


– Passport

– Tickets + Itinerary

– Visa (if needed)

– Money, Credit cards, ATM cards

– Insurance papers and other important documents


– Deodorant

– Nailclippers/nailfile

– Face wash

– Showergel

– Tampons + pads

– pills/medicine

– Hair products

– Money, credit cards, ATM cards

– Makeup + makeup remover

– Toothbrush + toothpaste

– hairbrush + hairties

– Condoms and/or contraceptive pills

– Tweezers

– Razors (if you bring carry-on luggage, buy them at the destination)

Other Gadgets:

– Ear plugs

– Books or e-books on kindle or similar

– Sleep sheet/sleeping bag

– Travel Towels (lightweight)

– watch

– Money belt

– Address of the hotel and directions of how to get there from the airport/station.

– sunglasses

– Daypack/handbag

– Insect repellent

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