Last Updated on May 5, 2021 by Dani
Our usual travel plans revolve around accommodation, airfare, and transport. Even though these are the holy trinity of traveling, there’s still a lot you need to take care of before you pack your bags and step out of your front door.
While traveling usually excites us, it can also stress us out – it all depends on how well we prepare for it. Whether it is a domestic business trip or an international vacation, making a few checks beforehand will save you a lot of hassle and stress.
So, to make your next trip memorable and stress-free, here are a few things that you need to think about or do before leaving on your next trip.
Think Your Packing Through
Who doesn’t like to pull out their suitcase, toss it on the bed at the eleventh hour and fill it up with anything that crosses your mind?
While that’s the quickest way to pack, it is definitely not the most efficient way. You will overpack, and you will 100% forget at least one essential item. Instead, get into the habit of packing early, and you’ll be much better prepared for your trip. You can make a list of all the outfits you need to pack, toiletries, and other items you need, depending on the nature of your trip. Not only will you pack everything you need this way ( tick things off your list to make sure you’ve got everything), but you also won’t return home to a hot mess of a closet or bedroom after your trip.
Also, pack smartly. Smart packing means only packing the clothes, accessories, and toiletries like hearing aids that you’ll really need. You won’t need your fancy heels on a beach vacation and no more than three dresses for a long weekend getaway. Really think through the occasions you’ll be at and match your wardrobe accordingly, and don’t pack any items that catch your eye randomly.
Weigh Your Luggage A Night Before
Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, weight is one of the most important things to keep in mind. The last thing you want to happen is having to toss out some of your belongings out at the airport or pay steep luggage fees because of a slight miscalculation (or simply because you overpacked!).
Weighing your belongings before you leave for the airport gives you two options: you can take out anything you don’t really need but packed for any “what if” occasions or you can contact your airline add the additional weight / luggage to your ticket.
But either way, you’ll be at peace knowing you’re well within the allowed weight restrictions. If you’re not sure what these are, by the way, you’ll be able to find them on the airline’s website under “baggage info”.
Take Care Of Your Health
We often overestimate ourselves when it comes to traveling. You think you’ll be able to handle several hours in an airplane, find your way around a new city, deal with jetlag. But often our bodies don’t handle a long travel day as well as we wish they would, and as a result, you arrive at your destination exhausted – especially if it is in a different time zone or a long-haul flight away from home.
Jet lag, fatigue, and anxiety can cause your dream vacation to get off to a bad start. Try to adjust to a new time zone and a new place slowly – don’t overdo it, don’t try to pack in too much on your arrival day.
If you are a frequent traveler and often deal with jet lag, keeping some anti-anxiety remedies like a CBD oil cartridge at hand will help you rest on your flight. However, you must make sure that the state and country you’re traveling to allow the carrying of such items. CBD vape pens usually come with a 510 thread battery and will accompany you throughout your flight. This type of batteries is not allowed in checked baggage, only in the cabin with you, so make sure to pack them in your carry-on and not in the suitcases you’re checking in.
Make Last-Minute Checks
Another important thing to do to avoid last-minute stress is checking your ticket information before you leave the house. The last thing you want to happen is showing up at the wrong airport or arriving at 11pm for an 11am flight. Also double check if you have all the documents needed for your trip: passport, driver’s license, hotel reservations. If you have reservations on your phone, you’ll have to ensure you have enough phone battery when you arrive at your destination.
Money matters are also an important thing to check before leaving on a trip, especially if you are traveling to another country. You will have to change your currency to the local currency, so you will want to look up the exchange rate. An easy way around having to exchange money is to take out ATM upon arriving – usually airports have ATMs. However, you’ll still want to check the exchange rate, because 10,000 sounds like a lot of money – but in Vietnam, 10,000 dong are less than 50 U.S. cent.