Whether you’re an experienced explorer or a newcomer to the world of travel, preparation is half the battle when it comes to having a great travel experience. Though there is such a thing as over-planning, when you make all the necessary arrangements, plans, and preparations beforehand, you set yourself up for travel success.
No matter where you’re planning to travel, make sure that you have all of the appropriate documentation before you leave your house. Walk through your trip in your mind. Will you need ID at the airport? Passports? A travel visa? Do you have a copy (digital or paper) of your hotel and car rental reservations? Make a list on your phone of all of the documents you need and double check it as you leave the house.
Packing right is another trip planning essential that can make or break a getaway. Look at the weather and make smart, informed decisions about what you pack in your travel backpack or suitcase. If your trip isn’t long or you have to pay extra for luggage, consider packing versatile outfits and other essentials in a high-end travel backpack. This saves you time, space, and money.
Don’t forget about your belly when you travel. Especially if you’ll be traveling with little passengers, it is important that you pack the snacks to keep people full and happy. Hangry isn’t a good look on anyone, especially someone who needs to run from Terminal A to Terminal F really fast. Pack snacks that are healthy and that will give you an energy boost in case you end up not being able to buy food for a few hours.
If you’re traveling with a group, it is important to set expectations before you land. Make sure everyone has a say in activities, hotel location, and rental car. Be conscious of other people’s pocketbooks as well as the activities they want to participate in while you vacation together. Having this discussion before you book activities or leave on your vacation is important because it not only helps you plan the vacation beforehand, but it gets everyone on the same page.
Preparing for a trip beforehand means less hassle and headache when you’re actually on vacation. As soon as you book your plane tickets or room at the resort, order your travel backpack and start planning your itinerary. Procrastination isn’t generally a friend to travelers. Since we’re preparing you for a trip, let’s test a bit of your survival instincts, have a go on how long will you last stranded on a deserted island for quiz