Tips For Travel

Do NOT Travel Without Travel Insurance

The cost of missed flights, lost luggage can be high. The cost of emergency medical treatment or personal liability claims can be staggering. No travel insurance, no travelling. It's as simple as that. Our cheap travel insurance is a perfect solution, we have great cheap travel insurance deals to suit you.

Check out our section on Why do I need Travel Insurance? for some hard facts about why, unfortunately, you just have to have it. However, we have super cheap travel insurance to make it a non-issue; with cheap travel insurance you donít have to worry about not affording your holiday.

Pack Lightly

Whatever you've packed, you've packed too much. There's a lot to be said for getting onto the plane with only carry-on baggage, and being able to complete your whole journey without ever once having to entrust your luggage to a baggage handler or someone else who doesn't care about it quite as much as you do.

Pack thin, light clothing that is quick drying. If you're going somewhere cold, a few layers of thinner clothing will be just as warm as huge thick jacket. Thin clothing is also a lot easier to wash, and especially to dry. And, of course, it takes up less space in your bag.

Keep toiletries and other things that might leak in your bag in resealable zip-loc bags. You'll be glad you did when you arrive thousands of miles from home with every spare item of clothing clean and dry, instead of covered in toothpaste.

For more great tips on travelling light, check out OneBag.com.

Keep Copies Of Your Important Documents

There are a lot of documents that are essential on any international journey:

  • Passport
  • Tickets
  • Itinerary
  • Bank and Credit Cards
  • Travellers Cheques
  • Your Travel Insurance Documents!

Take 3 photocopies of all of these. Give one set to friends or family back home, one set to someone you are travelling with, and keep one set in your bag. It will make things a lot easier should you misplace any of the originals in transit.

Get Vaccinations and talk to your Doctor

Many countries, particularly less developed ones, carry a risk of diseases which you may not be exposed to at home. The big ones to watch out for are hepatitis, malaria, HIV, and dengue fever, but there are many more things that you may be exposed to. Your immune system has not developed immunities or resistance to diseases prevalent in unfamiliar environments.

So get to your doctor or local travel clinic and ask what you need to do. Many of these diseases can be vaccinated against, but in some cases you must be inoculated up to six months before you travel. That's why its important that you get advice as soon as you can.

A doctor will be able to tell you what to pack in your first aid kit. There are a lot of things that are handy to have, but depending once again on where you are going, you might want to pack a few special items. For example, electrolyte salts help to rehydrate you, and are essential when you are travelling to places where there is a risk of diarrhoea. Insect repellent and mosquito nets are not optional if you're going to Africa, but you can probably do without them if you are heading to Alaska. Your doctor or travel clinic can advise you on what's best.

The Australian Government has a website to help you travel safely. All Australian travellers should check the site for announcements and alerts before departing.

Have a look at smarttraveller.gov.au.