Airfare, hotel accommodations, and rental cars may be the holy trinity of travel preparation, but nailing down these aspects of your vacation is only the beginning of the trip planning process. If you want to achieve a smooth, headache-free trip (and who doesn’t?), taking care of essential tasks like researching activities at your destination, managing your finances, and getting your home in order is key.
Don’t leave home without accomplishing the following 5 tasks!
Ⅰ. Security & Health
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.
Register with your embassy. If there’s a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety.
Ⅱ. Manage your cash
If you’re traveling domestically, be sure to hit your own bank before leaving for your trip; that way you won’t arrive short on cash and have to immediately search for an ATM.
If you’re traveling overseas, the most economical option is to visit an ATM as soon as you arrive in your destination and make a withdrawal in the local currency. Check the website of the airport where you’ll be arriving to make sure it has an ATM you can use.
Ⅲ. Local Research
Buy tickets now 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. Research events going on while you’re there. This will help you make sure that you’re not missing the best events going on in the city. Also be sure to research a few national dishes to try.
Ⅳ. Pack Your Hands-Free Device
There are modern items that have become the essential packing items: the cell phone earpiece or any other Bluetooth device that allows you to keep both hands on the wheel (and without a phone wedged between your neck and your shoulder).
A Smart Luggage maybe, like Naucrates, will offer you great convenience, by being able to ride it or let it follow you. With a range of 4.3 miles (7 km), intuitive joystick control and comfortable foot support that can sustain up to 120 kg, NAUCRATES radically transforms the convenience with which we travel in a multitude of ways.
Ⅴ. Plan Your First Day and Last Day
Planning ahead will help you make the most of that first confusing day. You have to figure out exactly where you are, which attractions are nearby and how best to use your limited time. Reader Alan G. wrote in with the following recommendation: “Plan your LAST day (as well as your first)! Keep safely in a packet marked‘GOING HOME’your house keys, car keys, cash for taxi or tolls, phone chip and documents you’ll need when you arrive happy but exhausted at your home town airport. Unpacking your luggage at the arrivals area is no fun.