Checklist for Your Trip

 Travel_Tips by Travel Finesse

  • Invest in a good travel guide to help you plan your trip and research your destination.
  • Check with the travel clinic as soon as possible to find out if you need any vaccinations before you travel
  • Don’t travel without insurance – make sure it covers you for any activities you are likely to undertake such as extreme or water sports.  Keep the insurance card in your wallet/purse for emergency use.
  • For most countries your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel – check the entry requirements before you go.
  • Make sure you’ve got correct visas for the country you are visiting and that your passport is valid.
  • Ensure you make a copy of your passport and keep it separately from your documents
  • Have emergency contact details in your wallet/purse as well as separate in your suitcase
  • Remember foreign exchange.
  • Consider taking your credit card as an option to cover any emergency costs, should the need arise.
  • Driving abroad?  Always a good idea to carry an international driver’s licence. Make sure you are aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting.
  • Tell family and friends where you are going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details and your itinerary.
  • Check that all electric appliances and geyser are switched off at home before you leave.Have someone collect your post so that it does not pile up in the post-box.
  • Consider taking your mobile with you while you’re away, but be sure to check with your service provider that you have international roaming. Store useful numbers such as the local police and the nearest Embassy or Consulate.
  • Find out where the nearest embassy will be – check their website to find out what service they offer and their opening times
  • Find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws – there may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home
  • Be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars.  Such activities may be misunderstood, especially near military installations.
  • Don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcase or backpacks
  • Use your judgement when buying and eating food you’ve not prepared yourself.
  • Check whether it’s safe to drink local tap water – if not, drink bottled water and avoid salads, non-peeling fruit and ice in drinks.
  • Respect the environment – don’t buy wildlife souvenirs, conserve resources like water and don’t litter.
  • Check-in baggage.  We recommend a cable lock for luggage as it allow travellers to tether their bag to something stationary.  Travellers must report any loss/damage to the airline before leaving the baggage hall.
  • Out exploring.  Stay aware of your surroundings.  Do not leave items unattended or beyond your reach in a public place.
  • If you do have something stolen or if you lose your passport or other identification documents, get in touch with the nearest embassy, and report theft to the police within 24 hours. Get a copy of the police report for insurance claims.