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Travel Tips

Before you travel

  • Take daily walks to get fit. Buy good walking shoes and break them in.
  • Research the destinations you will visit to be aware of local customs and culture
  • Have a health check up.  Ask your Doctor about recommended immunisations
  • Check travel health www.traveldoctor.com.au
  • Get current medical & optical prescriptions to replace medicine and spectacles if lost.
  • Take enough required medicines to last for your trip
  • Carry your medication in your hand luggage
  •  Check that your passport is valid for six months from date of departure.
  • Take out travel insurance
  • Photocopy X 2 your important documents, including passport, airline tickets, insurance cover, credit cards etc. Leave a copy with someone at home and take one with you OR scan these documents and email them to yourself, you can access them from any internet station.
  • Take extra passport photos just in case!
  • Decide how you will access your money overseas. Consider some cash for arrival
  • Check Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DAFT) www.smarttraveller.gov.au  for updated advice on the safety and security in countries you are going to visit.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary and a hotel contact list for friends or relatives at home.
  • Pre- address adhesive address labels with the names and addresses of those you will be sending postcards to.
  • Taking a mobile phone? Contact your provider for global roaming. Turn your voicemail off just before you leave

  Packing – The golden rule is TRAVEL LIGHT!

  • Clothing
    • Tip 1 – The best tip is to colour coordinate and layer dress for a versatile look. You can change your look with a scarf, belt, tie or vest.
    • Tip 2 – Lay out all the clothes you think you would like to have on your trip then cull by half to take. Ladies – a sarong and pashmina shawl are always handy.
    • Tip 3  – Very important. Take good quality walking shoes
  • Jewellery – do not take anything valuable

 Consider taking

  • Earplugs, great for long flights or noisy hotels
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Laundry soap, travel clothes line and travel clothes pegs
  • Blow-up coat hangers
  • Universal sink plug – plugs are often missing from hotel rooms.
  • Electrical adapter
  • Ziplock  plastic bags
  • A small spiral notebook to jot down times, dates, names etc.
  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pins and rubber bands
  • Novels – secondhand paperbacks are ideal to swap or leave behind when read
  • Small knapsack or backpack to carry camera, water etc when walking around cities.
  • Small torch
  • Night-light plug-in for sleeping in dark hotel rooms.
  • Travel clock with multiple time-zones alarm
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Handy wipes
  • A small credit-card sized calculator for currency calculations
  • Fold up umbrella
  • Hairdryer – mostly available in all quality hotels.
  • Insect repellant
  • Purse packs of tissues
  • A phone calling card from your home provider that bills calls to your home account.
  • Vegemite
  • A basic first-aid kit

Your take-on hand luggage

  • Remember nothing sharp
  • A pen to fill out forms
  • There are new rules regarding limits on liquid volume refer to your airline website
  • An extra pair of underwear and small bag of toiletries in case your luggage is lost
  • A good book
  • Tasty snack or sweets
  • Neck pillow
  • Medications

Electronic gear

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Digital camera
  • Memory cards
  • Battery charger for camera
  • Associated cables
  • Spare batteries

  When traveling

  • Do not leave your luggage unattended in any public area
  • Do not accept packages from strangers
  • Avoid being a crime target – do not wear conspicuous clothing
  • Be vigilant at all times
  • Always get a hotel business card from the hotel where you are staying; it makes getting a taxi or directions easier if you are in a foreign country and don’t speak the language
  • Get a local map from the hotel
  • Calling home from a hotel room can be expensive. Usually there is a phone booth in the hotel lobby that accepts phone calling cards.
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Respect the culture and customs of the country you are visiting

Useful links

Use these websites to gather useful travel information

  • World clock
    Find out the time in any part of the world.
  • Currency Converter
    Look up the value of the Aussie dollar against any other currency value.
  • World climate
    Don’t know whether to pack jumpers or t-shirts? Use this website to find out the climate of your destination country.
  • Travel health
    Ensure you have all the right vaccinations before you travel. Find out what you need here!
  • Smart traveller
    Government travel destination advise.
  • Jeanette’s travel Blog
    Read Jeanette’s travel emails to home plus tour information