The weeks leading up to your departure can bring all kinds of different emotions. Amongst feelings of excitement lie feelings of anxiety and nervousness. Can I really afford this? What if I run out of money? Have I forgotten anything? What if this really horrible impossible scenario that will probably never ever happen, happens?
This doesn’t have to be a stressful time, however; the planning and butterflies is all just part of the fun. The best advice I could give, is be organised. Start early. Write lists- LOTS OF THEM. Collect everything you want to take in the same section in your wardrobe or drawer and gradually add to it so you know that you won’t forget any essentials.
I suggest buying everything you need as soon as possible, so that once you have everything you know that whatever money you have left can go towards your spending money to take.
To give you a head start on your organising, I have conducted a checklist of things you can/ need to do and buy before leaving.
If you’re looking to do a year in Australia, try and get your working Visa sorted ASAP. I used STA Travel to ensure I was doing this properly. You will later be contacted by somebody who will set you up with an Australian bank account. I also got a visa for Vietnam HERE. Usually, you won’t be in a country long enough to require a visa, but it is always worth double checking.
2) Vaccinations and tablets.
These can be really pricey and you need to space them out, so this should be one of the first things on your list. Book an appointment with your GP and they will talk over which vaccinations you need to get. They also give you advise on avoiding viruses and other precautions.
3) Mosquito nets, tick removers and insect spray
You can get these abroad, but you can never be too prepared.
You will need to bulk buy enough prescriptions to last you however long you are going for (especially if you’re a girl on the contraceptive pill). This is worth doing whilst getting your jabs sorted.
5) Travel insurance
THIS IS A MUST! It’s money you don’t want to spend, but it will be your biggest regret if you don’t. Insurance covers thousands and sometimes millions of pounds worth of health costs and you can choose options which also cover your belongings. I looked HERE to compare the cheapest packages.
6) All important documents
It’s vital to print documents that you won’t be able access if your phone gets stolen. Take photo copies of your passport, your itinerary, travel documents, visa paperwork, accommodation confirmation etc. It’s worth sending copies of these to a family member just in case.
7) Travel adaptors
8) Tiger balm
It works miracles for mosquito bites.
9) Travel money bank card
Once again I got mine from STA travel HERE. It’s only £22 and can be used on 2.1 million ATMS across the globe. You earn 5% cashback with this card and will not be charged for withdrawals on MasterCard acceptance machines. This means you can still take your normal bank card, but keep it in lockers and do online or mobile transfers to your travel money card.
10) First aid kit
Painkillers, malaria prevention, plasters, re-hydration sachets, blister kit, antiseptic wipes, antihistamine tablets, antidiarrhoeals, lip balm, motion sickness tablets, scissors, sterile kit and any prescriptions.
11) Washing line
You can order a cheap one online, or make a D.I.Y one using string and scissors!
Here’s a few extra things that might be worth taking, although they aren’t a necessity.
– Another form of ID, so that you can keep your passport in lockers at all times.
– Travel pillows, eye masks and ear plugs.
– A spare phone
– A fast drying towel
– Travel detergent
– A set of smart clothes for job interviews
You want to travel as lightly as possible, so avoid taking things such as shampoo and conditioner, extra shoes and clothes and things you can easily purchase abroad.