1. Pack your liquids at home
Whenever you travel pick up some spare liquid bags for your next trip and pack your liquids at home. This ensures you don’t forget any liquids in your bags and allows you smoother transit – saves you so much time!!
2. Bring snacks with you
I love food but I am particular about what I eat. I sometimes pack food/snacks for the plane because airplane food sucks in my opinion. Also depending on the country I may bring some food/snacks this helps ensure I have familiar food whilst away as I may not like the food available. Whether you have dietary requirements or you are trying to save money this is never a bad idea. Do look at your destinations regulations on what types of foods you can bring in or not.
3. Have Copies of Important Documents
It’s good practice to ensure you have physical and digital copies of important documents. Just in case you may misplace your passport/visa or you do not like carrying it around whilst travelling having copies is never a bad idea especially as you never know when you may need them.
4. Learn some basic language of your destination
Learn the basic phrases of your destination ‘hello’ ‘thank you’ ‘please’ etc the small phrases can go a long way as the locals will appreciate it. Knowing a few words will also help with making your interactions easier you never know when you may need it. Remember you are travelling to a destination so you are the foreigner.
5. Pack some essential items/clothes in your hand luggage
We all pray that our luggage arrives with us but this is not always the case sometimes. Some important items to pack are medication, extra outfit, electronics and essential toiletries or anything you definitely will need on the trip. Having these items on you will help reduce the stress, money and time if a checked in bag gets lost in transit.
6. Be open
When exploring I like to go with an open mind and let go of any stereotypes or views I may have formed. Talk to the locals as they are people and have the best knowledge of the destination you are visiting. I also like to not have a strict itinerary as to leave room for things that may be discovered on the way naturally.
7. Always have travel insurance
We never hope that a medical emergency occurs whilst travelling but it is better to be safe than sorry. Insurance will help to get you the care you need without too much worry, ensure you research the different providers for the best deals dependant on your type of trip and ensure it covers what you need! – Also don’t forget to insure your gadgets as well.
8. Pack light
Yes this tip is for you – I try and plan some outfits so I limit the amount of stuff I bring. Make a list of the things you will need ensure they are essential items. This helps to make your travels more smooth, – no excess clothing, easier to transport luggage around, more room to bring back gifts and no overweight bags.
9. Have cash
Having the local currency in cash is always a good idea even if it is a small amount. Not all places accept cards and cash is always accepted. Cash comes is handy when getting local transport also for when tipping.
10. Do you and be free
Travel how you wish to travel and do not compete with your fav travel bloggers/instagrammers. Do and go to the places that interest you – also document your travels how you wish to or don’t document at all. Remember to have fun and take in all your destination has to offer!