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A Handy Travel Checklist for Modern Travel

Contributing Author December 27, 2021 4 3

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Are you getting ready for a trip in the New Year? Whether you’re going on a vacation or a business trip, it’s always helpful to have a checklist of things (and tips) to take with you. This way, you’ll be sure not to forget anything important. Here’s a rundown of some items and ideas that might be useful.

Book ahead where possible.

Travelling can sometimes be quite spontaneous. One moment, you may be sitting behind a pile of paperwork (picture an 90’s-ish Dilbert cartoon) at your desk and realize that you’d rather be anywhere else – the next, you can be checking out flights online. However, in many cases, i’s a good idea to book as far in advance as possible, affording you time to plan out the perfect trip instead of winging it. This is simply because you then have the opportunity to thoroughly research each location and any hotels you might want to stay at. For example, if you were planning to visit Ecuador, you could plan a trek to the beautiful Quilotoa Crater or check out this luxury hotel in quito – where you will be pampered from the moment you step through the door. Even better, booking in advance (in regards to attractions, flights and hotels) means that you can often get a much better price than you would for a last-minute booking – which is perfect for those who are looking to travel on a tight budget. When you get a better deal, you’ll be able to extend your trip – meaning that your adventure doesn’t have to get cut short on account of your bank account.

Pack Light

Whether traveling internationally or domestically, you should always pack for all weather scenarios, even if you won’t be exposed to them throughout the trip.

Be sure you pack only the essentials you’ll need, especially when you’re not leaving the country. Some sportswear, for example, may be all you need if you plan on a weekend excursion. But, again, your destination’s climate will help you decide what else you should wear on your trip–you don’t want to have to bring both warm and cold weather clothing with you if you won’t be needing it in any extremes. It’s also usually pretty easy to find familiar stores and brands if you need to buy clothing or amenities when you travel domestically.

Back view of a woman traveling in Europe and enjoying winter landscape

Dress for the Climate

When you plan a trip, you’ll want to check the weather report for your destination. What you’ll probably see is a list of temperatures (bah! Celsius!). This will help you consider how to dress according to these temperatures but they don’t tell you anything about humidity and air pressure. Dressing for the climate means you take all factors into account to avoid feeling uncomfortable or sick.

If you’re planning a long road trip, a resource like morecast to check weather along your route. If you just want a solid forecast for your final destination, try the ultimate source weather.gov.

Carry a Tangible Map

“Why carry a tangible map?” you ask. A real map allows you to see everything you want to do and places you’ll be interested in the area you are staying at, all in one place. The benefit of having this available right when you get off the plane is that you don’t have to spend hours online trying to find the places you want to go without wasting time in a place you don’t want to be. It’s also a little cathartic to circle places of interest and makes your trip feel like more of an adventure. This is especially true if you’re planning a cross country road trip and you want to be sure that you’re not missing any places of interest on your journey! Sure, a map is a bit more traditional than using a navigation system, but when adventure calls, the journey is much more exciting when you ditch the tech and go with your gut – and a map! So next time you’re planning a road trip or traveling to a foreign country, remember to purchase a tangible map and enjoy the experience!

Sometimes carrying a tangible map is an excellent way to remind you where you were and what you need to accomplish when you get back from your trip, keeping you from missing out on anything or forgetting anything.

Happy young woman with a city map in Europe. Travel tourist woman with map in Prague outdoors during

Remember to Stay Hydrated

Your next trip will be a lot more enjoyable if you remember to bring some water. You don’t want to become dehydrated or overwhelmed with thirst while you’re trying to have fun. That’s why you should always have a bottle of water on you, no matter where you’re going. Keeping your water cool is easier than ever now with so many temperature-retaining bottles and thermos options out there. We’re big on Yeti, but there are several options out there.

Document Souvenirs

You’ve been planning this trip for weeks, and you’re finally ready to go. However, you don’t want to forget the important stuff. That’s why you should use a document souvenirs checklist. This is a list of all the documents you might need while you’re out of town. It is the perfect way to stay organized, so you don’t forget anything that’s a necessity. Your passport will be your most valuable document while you’re abroad, so you want to include it if you’re leaving the country. You can also add any documents you might need for your trips, like visas or ID cards. Your list will keep you prepared, and you won’t be caught off guard.

Communicate With Associates

As you’re planning your next trip, you should include some time for communicating with friends or associates before you depart. This way, you can set up a list of possible outfits you could wear and events and places you’d like to attend together.

If you’re planning your trip around a special event, you should communicate with those who’ll be attending. For example, you might want to factor in an outfit you can wear together, or you could even coordinate outfits for the special night. The time you spend communicating with them before you leave will ultimately save you stress without detracting from the experience.

Carry Self-Defense Equipment

Whether you are heading to the beach or on your way out of town, you should pack some self-defense equipment that you may need if you’re not able to avoid any dangerous situations. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling what might happen when you go out of town, but you should always carry something with you that you can use to defend yourself if you need to.

Tangible maps and aligning outfits not enough? Let us know what are musts for your trip-checklist in the comments or @modhop on twitter or IG.

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