When you’re heading out on the trip of a lifetime, you have to be prepared. It doesn’t matter where you go, you don’t want to stuck in a situation where you curse yourself for not bringing the right equipment. Here are five necessities for a successful travel adventure.
This is a no-brainer, but you need to have the right travel documents to travel. No matter how brilliant your powers of negotiation are, no border control authority in the world is going to let you into the country if you don’t have your passport and other relevant documents with you. Some countries will require a visa for you to travel in the country, so you should contact the embassy of your destination country and check before traveling.
Make a few photocopies of your passport and other travel documents in case you lose the originals while you’re away. This can help your embassy replace them quicker.
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In today’s ever more technological world, you should never leave for another country without a universal adapter. If possible, the adapter should have a transformer because the power supply in your destination might be different as well. Check what facilities they have at the hotel if your adaptor doesn’t have one. You may be able to borrow appliances such as hair dryers, irons, etc.
Travel is all about experiences, and you’ll be all about documenting it – not to mention telling all your friends about your time away while you’re on the road. You don’t want to get to your destination and find that the charger for your phone, laptop or camera – or worse still, all three chargers! – is sitting innocently in the drawer of your computer desk back home.
Of course, you don’t to bring your charger but forget your camera! Fair enough, you can use your phone to take pictures, but you don’t want to rely on this. In any case, your phone doesn’t give you as much freedom to do the skillful photography, as, despite its cool settings, it won’t have as many functions. You won’t be able to get the close-ups on your phone that you would on a camera. Remember to bring several memory cards as well. Your camera will quickly fill up as you take all those shots (and a phone might fill up even faster, making storage an issue)!
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You might be looking to immerse yourself in the travel experience and planning to use your phone as little as possible, but you should still take it with you. Quite apart from all the apps that can help you when you travel, such as maps, language-learning apps, accommodation apps, apps for places to eat, etc., you never know when an emergency might crop up or you have to contact the cab firm and ask where your taxi is!
These are all essential items for a successful travel experience abroad, so don’t do all the hard work of organizing your flights and itinerary and then forget to pack them. Write a checklist and tick off the items as you go along, and make sure you do your packing in plenty of time rather than just a few hours before you travel. This will prevent you from arriving at the airport feeling flustered.