Traveller Checklist

The all important traveller checklist. Plan ahead so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your holiday.

Before you go

Passports – Everyone needs a passport. Ensure that yours is up to date and will be valid for at least 6 months after your planned return date.

Travel Insurance – If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.

Visas – don’t assume that everything will be fine and you’ll receive a visa when you arrive. Check before hand if you need to obtain a visa to enter the countries you wish to visit well before your departure date. The last thing you want is to be put on a plane and sent back to your previous departure point – Visas

Aussies – Register with – Australians can register with so they can be contacted easily in the event of an emergency. Smarttraveller is also a good reference point for travel warnings for Australians. If you are the citizen of another country, check travel advice from your relevant authorities.

Immunisation – Visit your doctor well before your departure date to determine any immunisation you may need. Take a copy of your immunisation records with you.

Emergency Pack – Keep two copies of emergency contact phone numbers, copies of your passport, travel insurance, travellers cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Give one to a responsible person at home and keep the other with you but in a separate place to the originals.

Don’t forget to pack –

  • Your Passport
  • Airline Tickets
  • Hotel Reservation Details & Vouchers
  • Rental Car Details & Vouchers
  • Travel Insurance Details
  • Travellers Cheques, Credit Cards & some cash. Don’t forget those reward program cards, too!
  • Guide Books
  • Packing

  • Luggage – Word of advice – pack lightly! You won’t use half of what you think you’ll need. Why spend your trip lugging around your wardrobe?
  • Clothing – Pack for the climate but also take an item or two for the opposite climate just in case the weather changes unexpectedly. Consider packing clothes that don’t need ironing.
  • Jewellery – In short – don’t take your jewellery. Only take what you absolutely need.
  • Footwear – Think about the things you’ll be doing and pack for comfort. Will you really need those high heels?
  • Raincoat – Pack a disposable one that you can easily carry with you in case of an emergency.
  • Head Wear – Always a good idea to pack a hat.
  • Scarf – Very handy for those chilly days.
  • Eyewear – Don’t forget your glasses!
  • Appliance Chargers – Taking your mobile phone? Don’t forget the charger!
  • Power Adapters – Travelling to a foreign country? Buy a power adapter before you leave home.
  • Swiss Army Knife – Very handy to have but make sure it is packed into your checked luggage, not your Carry On.
  • Carry On Luggage

  • Check with your airline as to what their carry on luggage requirements are. Some airlines and countries now have stringent policies. See Going Through Customs for further information.
  • Personal Items

  • Prescriptions – Check with your doctor that it is ok for you to take your prescriptions into another country. What is legal in one country may not be legal in another. Check with the embassy of the country you are visiting well before you leave. You may need to carry a letter from your doctor with you. Better to be safe than sorry.
  • Vitamins
  • Basic Pain Relief
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