Thanks to the miracle that is the internet, travellers today rarely go into a new country unprepared: there is plenty of information online, they can see and book places to stay before hand, and even be warned about pushy tourist guides who frequent specific tourist sites. Each country has its own accompanying madness, but there are some travel hacks that can make your life easier every time you travel. Here are a few to help you get started:
Take Your Pharmacy with You
If you’re as healthy as a horse and don’t have any illnesses, then great. But if you’re like the majority and is prone to a sudden headache, or sniffle, then take your prescribed mediation with you. Many travellers run into difficulties because they can’t find their preferred brand of medicine, or can’t find the medicine period. Others try local variants and they might disagree with you. So always pack your little pharmacy, even if you’re only gone for a night. It’s also a good idea to take tummy ache pills in case the new food disagrees with you at first – most people find it hard to go from mild food to spicy and vice versa.
Always Carry Money Around
Depending on how long you are gone for, you might want to have a talk with your bank and arrange some sort of programme for when you are out of the country. Many travellers opt to take cash, either the currency of the country or dollars which can be changed easily. There are cases of tourists who have run out of cash and haven’t taken their credit/ debit cards with them and haven’t been able to find reliable money lenders to front them some cash.
In fact, borrowing is something you should never do when you’re in a foreign country, even if it’s from reliable money lenders. There is simply way too much risk involved, especially if you find yourself unable to pay or some of the terms get lost in translation. Always estimate a budget, then take a bit of extra cash with you.
Pack Lightly for the Trip
First time travellers always pack huge suitcases that they have to wheel around. But if you’re planning on exploring and travelling around a large area, then you would be better off with rucksacks you can carry around with you. If you plan to stay in a house or hotel as a base and travel around that, then a suitcase is fine. If not, be mobile. Pack a few clothes that you can alternate with, like an extra pair of jeans and a few t shirts, and maybe a couple of formal shirts and tops that you can wear for a dinner. And take plenty of underwear. Remember, if you need anything else, you can always buy it from there.