Travelling can sometimes be the worst part of a holiday, spending hours on the plane or train, dreaming of when you finally arrive at your destination. It can also be a stressful time if your flights are cancelled or miss a change-over. In order to make your journey as bearable as possible, here’s the ultimate travelling checklist guide:
Some essentials for if you’re travelling abroad include passport and plane ticket, it’s everyone’s nightmare to arrive at the airport with the gut-wrenching realisation they’ve forgotten one of these crucial items. To ensure you don’t forget, pack them both in your hand-luggage before you sleep the night before, so there’s no chance of a last-minute panic. It’s also recommended to take out some kind of travel insurance, in case anything unexpected happens on your holiday e.g. loss of passport, stolen money, or luggage lost.
Aside from your clothing essentials, you also need to remember all your toiletries. Create a list of everything you use every day: moisturisers, face wipes, shampoo & conditioner, body wash etc and then add to it everything you will then need for your holiday: sunscreen, aftersun. Maybe even bring some insect repellent if you’re usually swarmed by mosquitos.
Comforts for the journey
If you’ve got a particularly long journey ahead, then pack some home comforts for your travels. A travelling pillow can be a saviour for long-haul flights and bumpy train rides when all you want is a good night’s sleep. Why not bring some reading materials, or download some games on your phone to pass the time on longer journeys? It’s always a good idea to bring plenty of water and sweet treats to keep your energy up, and even if you don’t sleep on your travel neck pillow, it can add comfort to your flight.
Journey planning app
If you’re embarking on a relatively easy journey with minimal stops, then perhaps a travelling app isn’t necessary. But, it’s definitely worth downloading if you’ll be making multiple stops across countries. This is most popular with those who go interrailing, or gap year travelling. Apps such as TripIt let you create an itinerary, map out your stops, save your travel reservations and hotel bookings. It’s a fantastic way to plan your journey, especially if you’re travelling in a big group.
Where to now?
So, now you’ve got everything you need ahead of your journey. The most important thing is to make a checklist of all the necessities, and tick everything off on the day of your departure to avoid leaving anything behind!