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Avoid Pre-Holiday Anxiety With Our Travel Tip Checklist

Reader's Digest logo Reader's Digest 14/05/2018 Siti Rohani

a variety of items on a backpack: Read through everything here so you don't forget anything when you're leaving for vacation. © Wikimedia

Read through everything here so you don't forget anything when you're leaving for vacation.

Planning a family trip or solo holiday anytime soon?

You may have booked your plane tickets and accommodation, but that doesn’t mean you’re all set to go.

Go through this travel checklist to make sure you’ve got everything planned.

1. Have you bought travel insurance?

Are you sure you don't need travel insurance? © Getty Images Are you sure you don't need travel insurance?

Even if you’re just heading for a short trip somewhere close by, getting travel insurance is still a wise idea.

It doesn’t just protect you for loss of baggage or delayed flights, it also covers any unfortunate injuries or illnesses you may have while travelling.

And if you’re renting a car, some plans will also cover the excess so you don’t need to spring for the zero-excess option, which costs more.

2. Does everyone have a valid passport?

a close up of a piece of paper: Some countries require six months validity. © Wikimedia Some countries require six months validity.

Some countries require you to have at least six months’ validity before letting you through.

If anyone in your travel group is short, there’s just enough time now to register for a new passport before the June school holidays come around.

Get on it!

3. Are your credit cards activated for overseas use?

a close up of food: Don't forget to activate your credit card for overseas. © Pixabay

Don't forget to activate your credit card for overseas.

By default, most credit cards are not cleared for overseas use for security reasons.

Call your bank or use your banking app to activate this service.

Remember to de-activate it when you get home.

4. Do you need a local SIM card?

You might want to double check whether you need a local SIM. © Pixabay

You might want to double check whether you need a local SIM.

Most hotels or apartments will offer free Wi-Fi but if you need to be connected when you’re out and about, you might want to get a local SIM card that provides data at a reasonable rate.

Another option is to check if your current telco provides a service that allows you to have data roaming at a cheaper rate.

Do some research on the best options before you go.

Having connectivity as you travel can help with navigation and to book rides on ride-hailing apps.

5. Do you need a visa?

a close up of a newspaper: Always check if you need a visa to enter a country. © Wikipedia

Always check if you need a visa to enter a country.

You may hold a passport that gains you entry to most countries around the world but there are still some places that require you to apply for a visa or entry permit.

Make sure you check before you go.

For example, Singapore passport holders heading to Australia still need an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) that you can apply for online.

6. Have you got a printout of your documents?

a close up of a piece of paper: Keep a print out of your documents. © Wikimedia

Keep a print out of your documents.

While it’s common practice to store digital copies of your travel documents on your phone, it’s still a good idea to carry paper copies. 

They will come in useful if your phone or other digital devices get stolen.

So keep a paper copy of your flight details, insurance, passport and visa with you, just in case.

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