Look, I’m not an expert at traveling, I just do it a lot…so I want to share with you how, if I think of more things, I will add to…but this is how I prepare for travel (and I don’t plan much when I do travel, it’s a day-day discovery):
- Check the weather of where you’re going so you can pack appropriately
- I always pack extra socks and underwear
- Make sure any gadgets you’re bringing along are fully charged
- Check to see what kind of adapter is needed to recharge in the country you’re heading off to
- This might sound weird, but I was on the train with people who had the wrong adapter -_-
- Bring an extra battery pack, this is the one I have, it can do up to 4 full charges of any device that has a USB connector
- Are there any apps that you can have on your phone that might be useful to have available, like a train schedule app
- How accessible is your hotel to public transportation? Do you already know how you’re going to get there from the airport?
General country information
- Do you tip?
- What type of adapter should I take?
- Are credit cards widely accepted or is it more cash heavy?
- Does the country offer any kind of special deal for international travelers
- For example, Japan offers the JR Pass, you can ONLY get this when you AREN’T in Japan, so you need to plan for something like this
- How will I stay connected?
- This might sound weird, but this is a very fair answer, I don’t carry a ton of paper with me so I need to know how I can stay online, is there a lot of free wifi within the city I’m staying? Or perhaps there is a SIM card I can purchase or a pocket wifi I can use
- Is it cheaper to purchase tickets for public transportation everyday OR is it cheaper to have a transit card? If so, is an app for the transit card offered or will you have to get a physical one?