9 Things You Need to Get Ready Before You Travel Anywhere

Traveling always requires planning, even if you’re not the one to stick to the plan once you’ve made it. We can never expect everything that might happen to us on the road, but there are some situations we can predict and do all in our power to find our way around them. We’re not saying don’t improvise, by all means, improvisation brings about the best travel stories, but be as ready as possible to face ugly circumstances the best way you can. Maybe you’ll lose your passport, maybe you’ll have your wallet stolen, maybe you credit cards won’t work – whatever it is, if you can see it coming you can downsize the problem considerably.
Getting ready for traveling is always a different ritual for everyone, but there are some things you need to do, no matter what kind of a traveler you are. So, before you step your foot out the door, here are nine things you should get ready.

1.     Think About Your Travel Insurance


Yes, that is extra money going out of your pocket, but travel insurance is something you really shouldn’t leave your home without. Especially if you’re preparing for long haul travels, your health might become more sensitive with all the time zone and climate changes, not to mention the lack of sleep and improper nutrition. Travel insurance protects you from the world of trouble and if you get in an accident or something bad happens to you, it will be much easier for you to recover without worrying how you’re going to pay for your medical care which is everything but cheap. Spend a few extra dollars on your travel insurance and hope you will never actually use it.

2.     Carry a First Aid Kit Wherever You Go

You don’t have to have a suitcase full of medication and health products, but you should carry some things that are quick solutions for smaller problems. If you’re going hiking long way away from civilization, you want to be sure that you can treat yourself for scathes, bruises and allergic reactions, if you’re prone to that kind of problem. Bandages, Band-Aids, antibacterial wipes or gel, flu treatment and something to disinfect shallow wounds will do just fine for basic first aid kit that won’t take up too much space and will come in handy at all times.

3.     Money Management


Money management is one of the greatest stumbling blocks when you’re traveling and we’re not just talking about the fact that we spend more that we should. You need to be sure that everything will be alright with your credit cards while you’re on the go and the best way to do this is to inform your bank that you will be out of the country. The reason behind this is that sometimes banks can lock bank accounts with suspicious international activity they’re not informed of. You really don’t want to lose access to your money in a foreign country and a quick trip to the bank will take care of this problem. Also, carry backup credit cards somewhere safe, so that if your wallet gets stolen, you have a quick solution at hand. Don’t expect for your credit cards to be accepted wherever you go, so always have some cash with you and a secret stash of couple of hundred dollars tucked away somewhere safe.

4.     Don’t Underestimate Language Apps

Whether you’re going on a vacation to one country or you’re off to see the world, one the main preoccupations when you arrive will be how to understand people around you. Naturally, nobody expects of you to speak fluently the language of the country you’re in, but have a good language app with you at all times. If nothing, apps can help you in translating street signs and finding your way around subway and if you manage to learn a few words in a new language, that is just a plus.

5.     Don’t Forget about Geo-Blocking


Some countries have far less freedom on the internet and accessing some websites and content can turn into a real ordeal. Geo-blocking is becoming more and more of a common ground for countries around the world, but thankfully, you don’t have to suffer too much because of it. Using a ExpressVPN or proxy to jump over restrictions is a safe and legal way to use internet however you please without being limited by geo-blocking.

6.     Have Good Maps at Hand

Our smartphones have made our lives easier in so many aspects and not having to carry around huge paper maps to get around a new city is only one of innumerable perks. You can use Google Maps and Navigation or a whole plethora of different city guide apps to navigate your way through an unfamiliar territory. We wholeheartedly recommend downloading the apps before you leave home, so that you don’t get stuck with an app that tells you where to go in a foreign language you simply don’t understand.

7.     Know the Weather and Plan Accordingly


It’s true that weather apps can’t always be trusted but they can help you gain some general perspective about what you can expect in a country you’ve never been in. Some islands have monsoon seasons, some countries have weather changes that happen overnight, and some places have days or nights that can last up to 20 hours. You need to know what you’re dealing with before you set sail to a new horizon, and being in the know about what weather to expect is just common sense.

8.     Bring Document Copies Wherever You Go

Losing your documents (or having them stolen) is one of the worst-case-scenarios while you’re traveling, but it happens and you should do all in your power to recover from it quickly. You will deal with this unpleasant situation much more easily if you bring copies of your passport, travel insurance and credit cards with you, so that you can give them to the authorities and make it easier for them to confirm your identity. The whole process of getting a new set of documents will go more smoothly with copies of lost documents and you won’t have to wait long to move on with your travels.

9.     Prepare Yourself for Long Layovers


When you’re constantly facing baggage weight limitations that vary from one airline to another, you don’t want to carry your favorite books with you wherever you go, because it’s highly impractical. When you’ve got long layovers, but not enough time to get out of the airport, you better have something prepared to distract you from the long wait. It’s recommendable to stack your tablet, Kindle or even your smartphone with good books or movies, whatever you prefer. If you’re not traveling solo, come up with games and pastimes to help you get through the long layovers.
Planning every step of your travels is not only impossible, it is completely futile which is why for the most part you should just relax and enjoy the ride. However, the precautions we mentioned will benefit you greatly in a sticky spot and when the good times come again, well, you don’t need any help in enjoying them. – By Adam Ferraresi


Adam loves everything related to technology since he was five years old and it was that love that brought him into web development. Soon after he graduated from college, he got a job in Dallas working as a web developer and not long after that, he was recognized for his qualities as a writer. Presently, he’s a freelance writer for wefollowtech.com and is very happy because of it. In his free time, when he’s got any, he enjoys playing basketball and hiking.
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