The process of packing and preparation can often be a stressful time ahead of any trip, but individuals hoping to take the hassle out of their travel plans can easily do so by simply being more organised.
Taking the time to create a pre-travel checklist and focusing on ticking off all of those troublesome tasks that need attention prior to departure (without the need for a last-minute rush) can work wonders.
Here are some of the simple steps all travellers should go through to reduce the stresses of leaving the comforts of home:
Plan ahead in advance of departure
Not knowing what exactly to expect can be half of the reason many people become testy and irate when travelling long distances, especially when they have other people they need to organise to travel as well.
It is therefore a great idea to begin the process of preparing well in advance of the departure date, as leaving everything until the last minute is a surefire method for getting one’s heart pounding and seeing stress levels go through the roof.
Travellers should ensure they have fully paid their bills for the period when they will be out of the country, while they should also organise for any pets to be taken care of – this can be as simple as arranging for a trusted friend or family member to come around and feed them, or it could mean booking a place at a kennel/cattery.
Individuals that are on good terms with their neighbours might also like to inform them of their impending travel plans, as well as giving them contact information so they can get in touch in the event of an emergency – a good tip for those wishing to enjoy greater peace of mind during their time away.
Get all paperwork in order
Be suitably prepared for any journey by going through the necessary paperwork you will need ahead of time.
Travellers should ensure that all their documents are in order, making sure that all passports are valid and have at least six months remaining before their expiry date. In cases where new passports are required, this process can take up to six weeks and therefore examining these things well in advance of departure is essential.
Anyone heading abroad should also ensure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place prior to their departure, as the costs involved in travel mishaps – be they lost luggage, injury or illness – can be far greater than many might expect.
Sorting out finances should also be a high priority and this means individuals getting in touch with credit and debit card providers to inform them of their travel plans and the countries they will be visiting and the dates of travel.
This will enable travellers to continue using their cards even when overseas – failure to do this could see cards blocked and travellers left with limited funds while they try to get their accounts working again.
Organise a travel itinerary
Knowing where you need to be and when can make all the difference when it comes to taking the stress out of travel and putting together a written itinerary of times and dates for all aspects of a journey can be a great way to get organised.
Make sure that all flight times and dates are noted down, while online check-in services mean travellers can now do this prior to leaving for the airport – something that can take a lot of the hassle out of getting to a flight on time.
Any transfers should also be checked in advance, while airport parking should be pre-booked if required. Hotel check-in times should also be examined to ensure there won’t be too much waiting around upon arrival and travellers should note down addresses prior to leaving.
Write a list (and stick to it)
Finally, when it comes to the task of actually packing for a getaway there are some simple tips that can help to make the whole process that much less stressful:
- Before packing, put together a comprehensive list of everything that will be needed during your getaway (including where it will be packed).
- Roll up clothes to save space and to ensure more items can be stowed, while also helping to avoid creases and the need to iron belongings when you reach your destination.
Toiletries should be packed away in suitcases and only liquids or aerosols of less than 100ml be saved for hand luggage – these should be placed in a clear plastic bag.
- Packing a few things to keep the kids entertained during the journey is also advisable.
So there you have it, travellers that focus on effectively organising their preparations and itinerary ahead of time will find the whole process of taking a trip away from home is actually much less harrowing than they might have thought.