ad collaborative post // Travelling the world is a dream that many of us have. However, it is also important to make sure that you are prepared when it comes to travelling. Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself before embarking on your international trip.

Notifying emergency contacts

It is important to notify your emergency contacts of your travel plans. This includes anyone who might be worried about you, such as family members, friends and colleagues.

This is also very useful if something happens while you are away. For example, if you get sick or injured while abroad and need immediate medical attention, it’s important that someone back home knows where exactly they can find you in case there are any issues with communication.

It’s also worth noting that some countries have different laws regarding personal information than others do—so be sure to check what those laws are before leaving for a trip!

Organizing a travel medical kit

It’s important to have a well-stocked first-aid kit with you when travelling. It can be hard to find items in some countries, so it’s best to have them on hand. The contents of your medical kit should include:

  • bandages (and waterproof ones for swimming)
  • insect bites cream
  • blisters treatment
  • antiseptic wipes and plasters
  • eye drops/ointment

Research about other country’s laws

You need to research the laws in your destination country for your particular situation, e.g., if you’re going to be travelling with a lot of money and equipment, you may want to research if there are special rules for transporting objects like this around that country. Also, do the same thing for your home country (e.g., does it apply different rules when crossing borders than it does within its own borders?)

Get vaccinated and prepare for potential health problems

Before you go, get vaccinated. It’s important to consult with a doctor and get the recommended vaccines for your destination, but here are some general tips:

  • Get your rabies vaccine at least six months before your trip.
  • If you’re planning on staying in areas where malaria is prevalent, consider getting a shot of 40 milligrams of chloroquine (for adults) or 5-10 milligrams per kilogram (for children), as well as antimalarial drug-like doxycycline or mefloquine to take daily for about five days before and after your arrival
  • For anyone travelling in Asia, Japan or central Africa – where there are high rates of dengue fever – you should consider taking daily doxycycline or mefloquine before arriving in those countries.

If it’s not possible for you to receive all these vaccines prior to departure, talk with your doctor about whether it would be better for you if someone else took them instead (e.g., a parent).

Purchasing travel insurance

The travel insurance you purchase is the most important part of your trip planning. Typically, travel insurance policies are sold as a package that includes airfare and accommodations, but this can vary from provider to provider. The benefit of purchasing everything together is that it’s less complicated for you, especially if you’re going on an extended trip or have other people travelling with you.

When comparing prices for your travel insurance package, you may want to consider WorldNomads. You may also consider what each company offers in addition to basic coverage (medical expenses). Some will offer additional benefits such as baggage loss insurance or trip cancellation protection. If possible, choose a plan that offers these types of extra services at no extra cost – it may be worth paying more for them than not having them at all.

Packaging all your belongings

Packaging all your belongings can be tricky. You want to make sure you’re able to find things easily, but you also need to ensure that everything fits in your bags. If you’re taking a plane or train, don’t over-pack – you won’t be able to carry everything with ease and might have problems with weight limits as well.

Remember: luggage space is limited! Also, make sure that all your important documents are packed and ready for travel; this includes passports and visas as well as any medical information or prescriptions from the doctor (if necessary).

You need to have a checklist of things to do before travelling internationally

Before you head off to another country, make sure you have everything in order. There are a lot of things that you can do before travelling internationally and it will make your trip much easier.

You need to have a checklist of things to do before travelling internationally. That way, if something comes up when you’re abroad, then all your bases are covered and nothing will fall through the cracks! Here’s a list of things that might be worth checking out:

  • Make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date (passport, visa).
  • Make sure all vaccinations are current (if required).
  • Make sure any special diets or vitamins are taken on board flights or cruise ships prior to departure because they may not be available once they get there!

Conclusion

The world is a big place, but it’s not too late to start planning your next adventure. The key is to think about what you need in advance so that when the time comes, you’ll be ready. From making sure your passport is up-to-date and packing light with only essential items so that nothing gets lost or stolen while travelling around Europe – these are just some of the tips we’ve outlined above!

If all else fails though; don’t worry because there are plenty of great travel insurance companies out there who can help cover any unexpected expenses while abroad too.

Guest Author: Joyce Kimber is an entrepreneurial writer. She always finds new ways to improve her work performance and productivity. Connect with her on Twitter via @joyce_kimber91.

15 Comments

  1. These are very helpful tips. We definitely agree with making a checklist to ensure you have anything, from your passport to your lodging confirmations. Thank you for sharing. We really enjoyed this post!

  2. This is such a helpful post! I’d love to travel the world and I’m actually going to Corfu soon so this came at the perfect time. I still haven’t sorted out my travel insurance so I’ll definitely consider World Nomads, and do some more research on the laws over there. Thank you so much for sharing x

  3. A big YES to travel insurance and updating emergency contacts! And make sure all pets are also insured and up to date details of their vet/meds are available to who ever is looking after them. It’s easy to forget about them but it’s important they’re looked after too just in case.

  4. Thanks for sharing this! The first couple of points I hadn’t even thought of tbh. I keep seeing scary stories of people who haven’t realised passport regulations have changed and they’ve not been able to go on holiday. I’d be absolutely gutted! Eeek! I think next year will be the year for us to go abroad hopefuly.
    Claire.X
    http://www.clairemac.co.uk

  5. What a helpful post! This is a list I will remind myself to read over and over again before travelling. The only other thing I do when travelling out of country is register with the government in case there is an emergency. Thanks for sharing Jenny.

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