Preparation is the key to smooth travel. When you’re away from home and have limited resources, even a small hiccup can throw off the entire trip if you aren’t prepared.
Below is a rundown of all the things you’ll need to consider when planning and preparing to travel.
Auto Insurance (if traveling by vehicle)
This is at the top of the list for anyone who travels by vehicle because it’s the law in many parts of the world. In the U.S. 48 of the 50 states require that drivers get liability car insurance. This type of auto insurance provides coverage for property damage and bodily injuries that occur as a result of an accident.
If you plan to rent a car once you reach your final destination, minimum insurance coverage should be included. However, you need to verify that in advance and consider getting additional coverage. Check with your existing insurance agent. Also, you may be eligible for complimentary coverage through organizations like AAA or your credit card company.
Travel Insurance (if traveling by other means)
If you’re traveling by other means (planes, trains, etc.) where you won’t be behind the wheel, another type of insurance can offer travel protection. Travel insurance is designed to safeguard against unforeseen problems that are out of your control. It commonly covers:
· Flight cancellations due to weather.
· Travel and accommodation cancellations due to a terrorist attack.
· General trip cancellations, interruptions and delays.
· Emergency medical services.
· Emergency evacuation.
· The cost of replacing lost luggage.
While the points above are typically covered, each travel insurance policy is unique. Read the fine print so you know what kind of coverage you’re getting.
Supplies for Harsh Weather
In many parts of the world, winter weather can wreak havoc on travel plans. Of all the winter travel tips that can help you prepare, smart packing is still the best way to handle harsh weather. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
· About a week out from your trip, check projected weather forecasts.
· Consider what the weather will be like across the route from start to finish.
· Put together a packing list that accounts for the weather conditions (if there will be rain, pack a poncho)
· A few days before heading out, check the weather again to see if the projections have changed.
· Pack accordingly. Giving yourself options that can be layered is always a good idea for most climates.
Emergency First Aid Kit
Accidents are a part of life, even when you’re traveling. Depending on where you’re going and the activities you have planned, scrapes and bruises may be inevitable. It might take up a little space in your luggage, but having an emergency first aid kit handy is worth it.
Local Travel Guide and Map
Wi-Fi is in a lot of places, but some remote spots may not offer service for miles. Get a local travel guide and map of the area you’ll be exploring before you head out. That way, the moment you arrive, you’ll have useful information for getting where you want to go.
QUICK TIP: Make sure you get a new travel guide that’s been updated within the past year. Guides that are more than a few years old could be inaccurate.
Universal Travel Plug Adapter
Keeping your phone and other devices charged is a priority during travel. We’re so used to the electrical systems in our own country that it’s easy to forget electric sockets aren’t the same in other parts of the world. But there’s an easy work around – a universal travel plug adapter.
These ingenious systems have numerous adaptors that fit different types of electric sockets. You to plug your device into the appropriate adapter and then voila – you’re in business. Top of the line travel plug adapters will also take voltage changes into account and include a few USB ports.