Don’t Forget!

My Pre-Travel Checklist


1. Call Your Banks

Let them know your travel plans so they don’t freeze any of your cards due to “suspicious activity”.

2. Address

I always have a screenshot of my hostel’s address, in the local language to show to taxi drivers.

3. Cab Fares

Remember to look up typical taxi fares wherever you’ll be traveling. The best way to avoid being ripped off is to be aware of estimates for what you should be paying.

4. VPN

If you want to use Facebook, Instagram, Google or Gmail in China, you’ll need a VPN. Or if you want to keep your current country’s Netflix shows (they didn’t have Friends in Ireland). I use this one.

5. Universal Adapter

We’re almost like robots, the way we need to charge our phones every night.

6. Cash

Don’t forget to have some local currency before you arrive in a foreign country.

7. Toilet Paper

If you plan on doing any camping, or if you’re in China and some other parts of Asia, it’s always a good idea to have some toilet paper handy.

8. Reusable Water Bottle

This will save you money. And help the planet. One of the things that bothers me most about travel is how disposable life is. Food and drinks on the go, travel size containers (reuse these too!)…You can buy collapsible water bottles that don’t take up much space when they’re empty.

9. Photocopies of Passport and Visa

Keep them in a safe but separate place from your actual passport, in case one gets stolen or lost.

10. Passport Photos

These are alway handy to have and I just slip two or three into my wallet. I use them for visas and job applications.

11. Phone, Wallet, Passport

I repeat this in my head as I pack my bags, get off the bus, check out of hostels, go through security lines…and I haven’t lost any of them yet.