We might be biased, but we think that travelling is the best thrill. Don’t tarnish any of the thrill with planning stress or putting yourself in a logistical nightmare. Use this ultimate travel checklist to stay on top of all necessary travel details and considerations.
First things first...
Decide where you want to go
- If you’re not booking through travel experts like us at 7travel, you’ll want to book flights at the best time. Research has shown that nearly 70% of Australian travellers incorrectly estimate that the best flight bargains are found less than 6 months before departure.
- For the UK or Europe in particular, early bird airfares are released in September or October - sometimes as early as August - for travel the following March and onwards in the following year.
- Purchase travel insurance. The first step is to check what is covered. If you’re skiing, renting a motorbike, or participating in another type of ‘extreme’ sport or activity, you will likely have to pay a premium. But it is worth it - the cost of insurance is pennies compared to the potential cost of an overseas accident or injury. Just remember that insurance often becomes voided if you have been drinking. Travel responsibly!
My holiday is booked… now what?
- Put in your preferences for seating on the aircraft so that a note can be added to your booking.
- Opt for checked baggage and see what you pay for now. A number of airlines do not include checked luggage and it will be cheaper to purchase checked baggage allowance at this point than at the airport.
Let's get logistical!
Planning 6 months out from departure
- Check your passport to make sure it doesn’t expire while you’re away and that it stays valid for at least 6 months after the final day of travel.
Planning 3 months out from departure:
- Go to the government site of your holiday destination to confirm whether or not you need a travel visa. If you do, apply now - most travel visas don’t take that long to process, but it’s best to err on the side of caution. Just make sure that the start date of the visa is the date you land in the country and not the visa grant date.
- Research your travel destination to see if any vaccinations or medications are recommended.
- Use review sites and read content focusing on your destination to guide your itinerary. Get inspired and get excited!
Planning 1 month out from departure:
- If you are interested in taking day tours or transfers, book in before your departure to ensure your spot and the best rate. Some popular tours will inevitably book out, while some will only operate on particular days of the week. Plan to make sure you create an itinerary that fits in everything you want to see and do!
- Create a document wallet for copies of all of your important documents.
- If you are leaving the country, notify your bank or credit card company to alert them of your travel dates. This will make sure that they expect foreign charges while you’re away and will not shut off your card. Remember to ask them if overseas transaction fees apply to your destination.
- If you are leaving the country, visit your mobile service provider store or investigate their site to find out what overseas service they provide. Many will have $5-10/day plans, or a set amount for international data. Another option is to get a global sim card, which allows you to have one number when travelling to multiple countries.
Let's get packing!
- Most people overpack. Avoid this burden by laying out all of your items and evaluate how long you’ll be there, what kinds of nice dinners, events, activities you’ll be participating in so that you can properly determine how many of those items you actually need.
- If you are travelling overseas, invest in a multi-converter adaptor. These handy gadgets will have many converter plugs for all different countries. They’re great as a single solution, especially if you’re travelling to many countries in one trip.
- Separate your money, bank cards, and document copies so that they are not all kept together. If you lose your wallet, you'll want to have a backup option.
- Bring a 'container' for dirty laundry. We recommend using a pillowcase or recycling the from the original packing of a handbag or new shoes - these are reusable, washable, and can crumple up easily when you're packing initially.
For the plane:
- For your carry-on luggage, ensure that you only have liquids under 100ml.
- Pack an ‘essentials kit’ for long haul flights that includes: toothbrush, toothpaste, mini mouthwash, deodorant, hairbrush, essential make-up, clean undies, and baby wipes (trust us, they come in handy for people of all ages!).
- Purchase a rechargeable power pack. They will save you if any devices run out of power on your travels and on the plane rides. For these, you’ll need mobile or iPad charger cords, so be sure to bring them in your luggage!