Excitement for Travel is extremely High! And invariably we forget to check the most important lists before leaving for the Journey :
1. Get Your Medical Check Up Done : Double check and make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions. Also, ask you medical insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies.
2. DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT : If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship. However, there are umpteen incidences when travellers forget to carry passports and only remember while reaching airport
3. Money Matters : Make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of what the conversion rate is at. Carry enough permissible currency to avoid hassles of exchange on arrival
4. Make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re visiting : European banks have switched almost completely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology, and fewer businesses abroad are accepting the outdated magnetic-strip cards.
5. Always have local cash : Not every place takes credit cards. Especially important places like trains or buses. You must carry nominal cash for sundry expenses
6. Call your bank or credit card provider : Sometimes banks think that fraud may be occurring if transactions are suddenly happening in Bali when you’re from Jersey, and they will turn off your card as a security measure.
7. Check the country’s entrance/exit fees : Some countries require travelers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. These fees are not included in the price of your airline ticket, and can range from $25 to $200. For example, Nairobi airport charges USD 100 in cash. We had to leave the queue, go to ATM and withdraw the money last minute
8. Buy tickets online for places you know you want to visit or see : By buying in advance you’ll be able to skip more lines, and find more deals targeted toward you.
9. Bring a charger adapter : Countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your iPod, make sure you can charge it. Do take a Multi plug adapter if possible
10. Check the voltage of your electronics : From my own experience I know that nothing is worse than having an adapter and still not being able to use a blow-dryer or a straightener because the voltage isn’t high enough for that country.
11. Purchase a Local SIM Card with Data : There’s usually a charge for doing this, but it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t.
12. Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag : Just incase your luggage gets lost or undelivered, you should not be stranded in same pair of clothes for 2-3 days
13. Most Important : Be Happy and Cheerful, avoid personal fights if trip not as per your flow. Make the most of it, while you are there!