To-do list before travel
If you don`t want your staying in another country to be full of anxiety, worry or stress, make a travel plan and a check-list about what to do before traveling.
20 Smart travel tips before your trip
What should you do before you leave for a trip?
Check your passport validity
Check if you need a visa or visitor`s permit and what are the requirements
After you chose the perfect destination (country, region, city…), check the cheapest period when flight tickets have reasonable prices
Choose an accommodation and book online in advance
If meals not included in the price, you need to provide the food for yourself. Check the availability of supermarkets, restaurants, cafes around your accommodation.
If the public transport is not well developed, you should get a rental car. Rent a car online in advance
If you’re going to be driving abroad, make sure your licence is current and valid. You may need an international driving permit to drive abroad, depending on which country you are visiting and how long you are staying (Inside the EU plus Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein you don`t need an international driving permit for stays of up to 12 months
Before planning a trip, it is good to know about time zones and sunlight hours, especially in wintertime
Make a packing list of items you want to take with you
Take a basic travel health kit with you with the most important medicines and first aid essentials
Before starting your travel, see the weather forecast in order to decide what kind of clothes accessories need to pack in your baggage
Plan the programs, day trips and events you want to visit according to your interests
Read posts in social media groups related to your destination
Search for official travel websites to find the perfect programs for you
Wherever you’re travelling, it's important to take out comprehensive travel insurance before you go
Find out where your country`s nearest embassy or consulate will be, in case you need to contact them in an emergency
Check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad
Make a note of your passport number and take a photocopy with you, or store it securely online
Fill in the emergency contact details in your passport. This will help government officials to contact next of kin if you have an accident
Check the latest country-specific health advice (vaccinations, travel health kit extras)