Getting Ready For Your Next Travel Adventure: Conquer The Paperwork

Hey Cats,

Your thinking of going on an adventure right? So, the plans are in place. The backpacks have been hauled out of storage. The passports are put somewhere safe. But are you definitely ready to go? Before a big adventure, there’s always a million and one things to do. And in all the chaos of getting ready to go, it’s inevitable that something will slip through the net. So, whether you’re a list maker or a wing-it type, here’s a list of things to help jog your memory before you go.

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Visas and applications

While travelling is fun, exciting and spontaneous, you can’t forget about the more sensible side of things. Depending on where you’re going, you might need to apply for visas. Some are easy, like the electronic travel authorisation system for Canada. But others need far more time spent on them, and some even need to be done on paper or in person. Make sure that wherever you go, you have the right paperwork with you. Take copies of your travel insurance, your medical insurance, and anything else that might help, such as a driving licence. If you’re really struggling with visas and paperwork, why not look at booking with an operator or tour group that can complete this for you?

Contact details

Firstly, sort out a phone that you can use anywhere in the world. Some phone models are locked to operators and tariffs, so make sure you buy an unlocked phone that you can use any kind of SIM with. Then, find a tariff that will let you contact your loved ones whenever you need to. Some companies offer great rates, and might even throw in bonus presents. It’s easier now to stay in touch, as nearly all the places you’ll stay will have Wi-Fi. But to be safe, make sure you have some mobile data. This is a very useful article about using your phone abroad.

Then, give your details to a few family members and friends. If you’ve got any contacts in the country you’re visiting, swap details with them too. It’s a good idea to write down any useful contact details, just in case your phone breaks or goes missing.

Medical needs and insurance

From insurance to medication, it’s vital to sort out any medicine-related needs before you leave. If you’ve got an ongoing prescription, see if you can stock up, or whether you can get it in the country you’re going to. Your doctor will be able to give you the best advice on this. If you’re going to a country that requires vaccinations before entering, make sure you get these done in plenty of time. Some have very strict time limits, so you need to be careful what you get done and when. If you’re taking out medical or travel insurance, make sure you’ve got a copy of all the paperwork, and you know exactly what’s covered. For example, if you’re going skiing, and you’re covered for medical treatment but not getting off the mountain, you could be in trouble! If you’re a bit puzzled by insurance, here’s some great tips on what to look out for.

Do you have all your paperwork ready?


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