Checklist for Traveling: Travel Insurance, Passports and Vaccinations

The beauty of travelling is that you can truly let yourself be free, have fun and not have to worry about the usual sort of life administration that pervades our everyday lives. Things like repairing the car, vacuuming the floors, paying bills, or worrying about having too many things cluttering our lives. Simply taking a bag of essentials and travelling around is a liberating experience that not only allows us to see the world in all its diverse beauty but it also provides a rewarding escape from our busy lives.

Yet unfortunately as many of us know, traveling isn’t as simple as grabbing a bag and merely jet-setting off on a whim to your ideal location. Traveling requires a lot of planning and organisation in advance. In order to have a stress-free, enjoyable holiday, one needs to take many important factors into consideration prior to departure time.

Travel Insurance

Easily one of the most important things to remember when traveling is travel insurance. If you care about your health, your belongings, bank account or general piece of mind, then you cannot go without travel insurance to protect all of these things. I used to wonder if travel insurance was truly necessary or worthwhile when holidaying, however, after hearing stories from friends and my own experiences have taught me that it is absolutely essential and incredibly beneficial. There is very cheap travel insurance in Australia with a range of options to cater to your needs. With protection from lost or damaged luggage, medical or dental expenses, hire car excess waivers, cancellation fees or personal liability, you can rest assured that almost any extra or unwanted costs in your travels will be covered by travel insurance. HIF provides all these cover options at incredibly affordable prices, so you can rest easy knowing that you can simply have fun and not have to worry about life administration troubles. 

Documents and Identification

A few of the most obvious organisational worries in the case of traveling overseas are of course passports and visas. Ensure that your passport doesn’t expire until well after your departure date and leave plenty of time to apply for or renew your passport. Ensure you conduct plenty of research into the most suitable visa for you and again leave plenty of time before leaving as they can often take a long time to process. 

It is always a good idea to print or scan a copy all your travel documents such as passports, visas, itineraries, flight details and tickets. Keep these in a secure folder which is safe and always close to you.

Money

Money is of course another highly important consideration when traveling. Establish an easy-to-use card or system that makes the most of exchange rates and doesn’t cost you any extra unnecessary cash. It should be easily accessible and allow you to use money across various countries if need be.

Medication

Make sure you have a visit to your GP before travelling to get all the necessary vaccinations or check ups required of your travel destination. Also take the necessary precautions to avoid the risk of deep vein thrombosis such as drinking plenty of water and moving your legs to keep the blood flowing through them.

Little Things to Remember

Some important things that could easily slip you by when preparing for traveling include adaptor plugs, registering your travels online with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and asking a friend or neighbour to collect your mail so that you don’t miss anything important.

 

About Sam Oldfield

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, I was a keen surfer and beach junkie from early on. My first overseas trip was to the Caribbean, and I've been chasing the summer sun ever since. I wrapped up my media degree at uni, and decided to move to Australia. The land downunder is full of beaches, babes and brilliant adventures. I'm just hitch-hiking my way around this sunny paradise, one travel blog at a time.
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