Going Abroad? An Essential Checklist

After booking your dream holiday abroad, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement and anticipation of the experiences that lay ahead. Whatever the location, or type of getaway planned, it is important to be aware of problems that could pop up to scupper the chances of a happy getaway.

Even if your trip abroad isn’t for holiday, maybe work-related or to visit family members, this checklist is ideal to have.

Every country has its own host of bacteria and infectious diseases that are endemic to it. As a new resident, you may not have adequate protection against them. It is highly recommended that you research local diseases at your destination before you travel. A good place to start is http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx. Infections like malaria and yellow fever can bring an abrupt end to your enjoyment.

If you are not a citizen of a country, you may need a permit or visa to enter the country. visasVisa requirements vary widely between countries and non-compliance may lead to refused entry and possibly deportation. An extensive list for UK travellers can be found at VisaHQ.

Assuming you are one of the millions of people in the world who own at least one mobile phone and want to be contacted on it whilst abroad, you may find it interesting to know (if you didn’t already) that some countries do not use the 3-pin square plug socketsWall Sockets which are common within the UK. Even if you choose to not take or use your mobile phone, you may have that small digital device e.g. digital camera that you would want to use to capture memorable moments of your time abroad. This brings us back to how you would keep it charged whilst abroad. For the destination hopper (or serial traveller) some countries do not have a standardised socket thus, buying adapters could become expensive and in remote locations, there may be no fixed power source.

This is why products like solar chargers are extremely important to a traveller. Another handy product to have is a solar torch, especially useful for those going to remote locations or going camping.

It is said “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. This simply means it is polite (to say the very least) to obey the local customs of the land you are in. If you don’t, in some places, you could end up being arrested. For instance in Muslim dominant places (e.g. Dubai), eating and drinking in the day during Ramadan is illegal. Local law authorities are allowed to arrest anyone breaching these conditions. In some countries, not tipping a waiter or bar staff is frowned upon. Whilst tipping is not compulsory, it is taken much more seriously abroad than in the UK.

Local custom information and much more can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Great!! A few days left to your trip. How much luggage can you take with you? Baggage allowance and excess charges vary with airlines and flight class. You have to be 100% sure of your allowances to avoid costly surcharges at the airport.

Even with the all the information to hand, it may seem impossible to pack all the essentials and stay within the set limits.  Alternatives to heavy options can be found. A 3-in-1 solar charger will replace the need for separate chargers (for your devices), torch and radio. Books can be replaced with electronic copies on a much lighter e-book reader.3in1

Lastly, roaming chargers have hit the pockets of many an unsuspecting traveller.  Stay up to date with current worldwide roaming charges by contacting your network provider or visiting their website. Whilst charges within the EU are falling, calling from other continents can still be very expensive and costs vary widely between networks.

Here’s a nice tick box to get you going:

Travel Checklist

Travel Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

 

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