Before you travel
- Take out appropriate travel insurance at the time you make your reservations.
- 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 and other health considerations.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
- 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
- Travel clock with multiple time-zones alarm
- 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.
- A basic first-aid kit
Your take-on hand luggage
- Remember nothing sharp
- A pen to fill out forms
- There are 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
- Mobile phone and charger
- Digital camera
- Memory cards
- Battery charger for camera
- Associated cables
- Spare batteries
- 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
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