Once countries start opening borders, traveling would become a norm again. And given the long hiatus you may have had from traveling, it’s normal to feel at a loss when preparing again for the journey.
While traveling is a joyful, memorable, and worthwhile experience, it’s also not without any unexpected bumps along the road. But putting yourself a few steps ahead of the unexpected all the time could make you a well-prepared traveler. Especially if you have young children and older seniors with you, you couldn’t afford not to foresee the unexpected. You’ve planned so hard for this trip, and you surely would want it to be the best and smoothest experience possible.
Good preparation is the key to avoiding pitfalls, and this article gives you insights on how to prepare for the unexpected when traveling.
- Purchase Travel Insurance
Buying travel insurance is one of the best ways for you to keep yourself protected as you travel. While in a majority of instances this isn’t really necessary, you just don’t know what could happen during the trip that would call for your travel insurance. As you’ve spent a lot of money on your holiday, the last thing you’d want is any delays or cancellations, which could’ve been fixed, paid for, and addressed with an appropriate travel insurance policy.
If you’re still on the fence about getting travel insurance, here are convincing reasons why you should think about applying for one:
- It can cover for the expense of a lost luggage, whether it was stolen, lost in transit, or damaged.
- It can pay for overseas hospital expenses if you incur these and your current health insurance doesn’t cover for overseas hospitalizations.
- It covers trip cancellations, just in case you’d have to cancel your trip at the last minute, like when a family member dies unexpectedly or there are other emergencies.
- Pack Smart
It’s best to pack smart to buy you more space in your luggage. The more you learn how to pack smart, the less space your current belongings take. This allows you to have more space in the event you’re going to buy more things during your trip. Also, you never know what contingencies would arise that would require you to extend your trip longer. Think of calamities, lockdowns, getting stranded, and other possible cancellations.
Bringing an extra foldable bag would be a good idea, too. You may not end up using it, but it’s always nice to have that extra bag for additional things you may end up bringing home.
- Pack Your Carry-On For A Disaster
Especially if you’re going on a long trip, your carry-on bag should always be packed for disaster. Don’t assume you could always buy food and water in the airport. Not only is it expensive, but some airports may be small that there isn’t enough food to buy. And if you get stranded in an airport due to any reason, you’d be squeezing in with hundreds of travelers for whatever limited supply the airport may have.
So your carry-on has to be prepared for any disaster. You can put in extra clothes, biscuits and granola bars, basic toiletries, water bottles, chargers, medicines, a neck pillow, a blanket, and all other personal items you’d need.
- Always Bring A Portable Charger
Portable chargers, or power banks, are now a must-have for every trip. In case your phone runs out of battery and your layover has gone longer than expected, you have your own portable charger.
Your phone has to be fully charged for good communication. In case of an emergency, you’d need your phone to communicate with your family back home to keep them updated about your situation and whereabouts. Your phone may also hold travel arrangements, tickets, hotel reservations, among others.
- Keep Some Cash
Many travelers now opt to pay for their expenses using a credit card. But this doesn’t mean you should go completely cashless. It still pays to keep some cash with you in case you find yourself in a place that doesn’t accept credit cards.
It’s also normal for your credit card to be denied, particularly when traveling overseas. Because of the security measures in place, your bank may think of your overseas transaction as fraudulent and therefore deny it. It’s also for this reason you should inform your bank beforehand if you intend to use your card for the majority of your trip. This would give your bank the chance to note this on its system. It’d notify the bank you’d be overseas during certain dates and the transactions are all legitimately yours.
Moreover, paying for some expenses may also be more economical when you use cash after exchanging money at a money changer. Typically, this would cost you less than the transaction and conversion fees to be charged by the bank for your credit card.
Being a prudent and well-prepared traveler may mean going through a lot of extra steps, but all that preparation and hassle would turn out to be worth it in the end. You never know what contingency you’re going to face, and you wouldn’t want to be unprepared for an emergency. Especially after planning the trip for a long time now, obstacles you might experience along the way should only be minor bumps. When the time comes for you to plan your next trip, try to take note of the tips above.