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Tips for a Successful Trip

We’re starting to see real hope that travel will resume soon so it’s time to dust off your suitcases, grab your bucket list, and start planning your next trip After almost 2 years of going pretty much nowhere, it's important to refresh your memory. Here are a few tips to get you prepped.

Pre-Travel Checklist

  • Visit your local travel agency to start planning a stress-free trip suited to your needs and wants.

  • Check the expiry dates on your passport and Nexus card. Many destinations require a passport to be valid at least 6 months after your intended return date.

  • Talk to your doctor to be sure there are not any medical reasons you should not travel. Avoid changes in medications at least 6 months before you travel if you can as this can impact medical insurance coverage.

  • Check that any prescribed or over the counter medications you are taking are not considered illegal to bring in to the country you plan to visit.

  • Be sure to have any and all vaccinations required by the destination.

  • Ensure you have the proper insurance coverage needed for the duration of your trip.


Packing Must-Haves (Often Forgotten)


Your carry-on:

  • A change of clothes appropriate for your destination in case your luggage is delayed.

  • A full supply of your medications plus an extra weeks’ worth in case of trip delays or other events that could prevent you from getting home as scheduled. Ask your pharmacist for a list of your medications and their dosage for easy refill if you run out or misplace them.

  • Photocopies of your passport, and a copy of your Travel Insurance policy information.

  • If you must take jewellery, pack it in your carry on only.

  • An empty water bottle to fill once you have gone through security for extra hydration on the plane. You can also refill it in your hotel room before venturing out each day.

  • Electronics should only be put in your carry on. There is a high risk of damage if placed in a checked bag.

  • Extra pairs of glasses; either reading, prescription or sunglasses. Most lost and founds are full of ones forgotten at hotels, on buses, or in restaurants.

Your checked bag:

  • Pack light to save yourself from hauling a heavy suitcase around. Laundry services are available in many hotels and on ships. You might even use this as an excuse to buy a few new things while on your trip.

  • Over the counter remedies for colds and stomach ailments, just in case. Be sure the country you are going to allows this type of medication to be brought in.

  • Batteries for hearing aids and electronics.

  • Small backpack or cross body purse with a notebook and pen.


Self-Care

  • Take strolls up and down the aisles of the plane every couple of hours, perform leg and foot stretches, wear loose clothing, drink lots of fluids, and avoid alcohol.

  • Whatever your itinerary, add some down time so that you can feel rested and well for busy days full of tours or adventures.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and consider a walking stick that folds for easy carrying when not in use. Sometimes that little extra stability can keep you from a nasty fall.

  • If you are not with an organized tour, consider hiring an English speaking guide (your travel agent can help you with this).

  • Go to the main sites later in the day when crowds have diminished. Take time to enjoy the culture. Sit at a café and enjoy the smells and tastes of your destination.

  • Travel during non-peak seasons, for a more relaxed and less crowded experience.

  • If you have mobility issues, ask for airport assistance, such as a wheelchair, before you depart. Book flights early and do seat selection to take advantage of more leg room or a spot near the restrooms. In destination, ask for an accessible room if you qualify or for a room near the elevators if you cannot walk very far.

Safety

  • Take a cell phone along in case there is an emergency. Check with your provider for international roaming packages. Make sure important phone numbers are saved before you leave, including your credit card provider in case you lose your card while on the trip.

  • If travelling independently, be sure someone at home knows your itinerary. Check in with them daily.

  • Keep valuables in your room safe (passport, jewellery, extra cash, etc.)

  • If you are carrying around a small bag and you sit down somewhere, keep the bag between your legs and put a strap around a chair leg to prevent anyone from slipping it away from you when you aren’t looking.

  • Keep track of important details in your phone or a notebook like your hotel address, room number, tour guide's name and phone number, and any bus or train numbers in case you forget or get lost.

  • Beware of pick pockets. Carry all money and ID underneath clothing or in a cross body bag. You can even use a safety pin to keep a zipper from being opened by these sneaky individuals. Carry a dummy wallet with a couple of dollars in it if you are in a situation of no choice. Avoid wearing a lot of jewelry as this makes you a target.

  • Instead of putting the “Clean My Room” sign on your door, let the front desk know you’d like your room cleaned. The sign on the door handle, alerts potential hotel thieves that you are away.

  • Ask for a room near the elevator as the heavier foot traffic keeps thieves away.

  • Don’t go out alone at night.


While this may seem like a lot to remember, making a list and working with a travel agent will help ease the stress of planning. Enjoy your trip, experience what the world has to offer, and make memories to last a lifetime!


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