• Melissa Kartini

10 Things to Do Before Travelling

Updated: Jan 28, 2019

Whether it's your first time travelling or you're a seasoned traveller, everyone needs a reminder every now and then. To ensure there're as few hiccups as possible during your upcoming trip, here's a list of things you should do before travelling:

Make copies of your passport

This is so simple, so clever, yet so incredibly overlooked. You'd be surprised by how very few people do this, but this is something that should be done even before you start planning your trip abroad. This is so you'd still be able to get back to your country or at least prove your citizenship if your passport gets stolen whilst you're travelling.

Make sure your credit card will work in the country you're visiting

Just in case you don't have enough local cash on you, having a credit card is pretty handy for getting you out of a tight spot--or for making an expensive purchase. Another thing to take note of: do the businesses in your country of choice accept chip-and-PIN or magnetic strip cards? Do your homework.

Look up the currency conversion rate

Finding out that your trip is going to be a lot more expensive than you thought is not the way you'd want to start planning it--especially if the tickets you just booked are non-refundable. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, look up the currency conversion rate before deciding on a destination.

Always have local cash

Not all places accept credit cards, so be sure to make a healthy exchange for the local currency before boarding that plane. Important places like trains and buses are no-go for credit cards, and as a tourist, you can bet you'd be using these modes of transportation the majority of the time.

Bring a charger adapter

Not all countries have the same size plugs and voltage as ours. Again, do your homework, because your cellphone is one of your most important possessions during your trip. Make sure you can keep it charged throughout your stay.

Download travel apps

You need all the help you can get to make the most out of your trip. So aside from the Internet, go mobile and download a couple of travel apps to help you with planning your trip. Apps like Skyscanner, TripAdvisor, and Airbnb have proven to be invaluable in today's modern world.

Make sure your clothes are weather-appropriate

If you're from a tropical country and you're planning to travel to a country with four seasons, make sure you look up the weather there as well. Let's just say that showing up wearing nothing but your usual t-shirt and jeans isn't going to fly in a snow-laden country. You'd be freezing!

Pack extra clothes in your carry-on bag

You don't want to be that one person without a change of clothes if your luggage somehow gets lost--which is why it's always a good idea to pack at least one extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag. Better to be safe than sorry.

Check your luggage weight

To avoid paying incremental fees, look up your airline's guideline regarding the maximum luggage weight you're allowed. Never assume that every airline is one and the same; each of them have their own set of guidelines regarding luggages and carry-on bags.

Research event and ticket deals

More often than not, the best deals are found online, before you go on that trip of yours. Just so you'd not only save time (skipping queues and all that), and probably money as well, do your research. TripAdvisor and Klook always have an array of tours, events and activities to choose from--and in light of the upcoming Singles Day, 11 Street is showing a ton of mouthwatering deals from different countries for your travelling pleasure.

If only we could go to all of them!

Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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