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What is your Pre-Travel Checklist?


by @chelocoach | 4yr  | 7 comments

Iโ€™m building a pre-travel checklist for every flight.

This is what I have up to now.

  • Visa ready
  • Visa Docs
  • Immigration papers
  • Onward Flight
  • 1st week Accommodation / Long term Accommodation
  • 1st week 24/7 Cowork
  • Printed itinerary
  • Following Long Term Stop Planned.
  • Where to buy a Cellphone Data Plan SIM card on arrival
  • Travel Insurance
  • Packing
  • Check-out
  • Airport Transportation (on departure)
  • Airport Transportation (on arrival)
  • Online Flight check-in (plus connections)
  • Check Weather on arrival
  • Schedule events on Google Calendar

I would like to know if you use a pre-travel checklist, if you can share it too, and what experienced nomads think I should add.

Thanks!

Admin edit: Spelling and grammar

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@victoriathoo | 4yr

Rarely book onward flights (have flyonward.com as a backup)

I know itโ€™s not the greatest answer, but once accom is packed and visa sorted. The only things I really worry about are,

  • passport
  • credit card
  • phone

As long as I have those three, nothing else really matters. Cash sorts everything. Other stuff you forget, you can buy. But I also fly up to 2-3 times a week so donโ€™t stress much anymore - sometimes I donโ€™t even unpack my suitcase.

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@lia9255 | 4yr

I always have a Plan B for nearly everything just in case I need a backup - what would you do if your phone or laptop are lost/stolen?

  • Back up all important documents on a hard drive and/or cloud you can access from anywhere.
  • Print AND electronic copies of all IDโ€™s (passport, DL, visa, credit/debt cards, insurance, itineraries/tickets)
  • Alternative mode of transportation if your flight, train or bus gets cancelled.
  • Contact info for relatives, friends, business associates
  • Alert your bank of your travel plans so they donโ€™t block transactions. Some banks flag specific countries so I always know which ones they block, and use a different card for those.
    Something always goes awry along the way, so being prepared makes these snafuโ€™s easier to handle.
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@kathrynoh | 4yr

I donโ€™t have an actual checklist but do have a getting to and from the airport plan. About a week before I travel, I made sure I have all the details I need - if itโ€™s an Airbnb and they havenโ€™t contacted me, I get in touch and work out check-in details etc.

I always have travel insurance - and Iโ€™ve used it enough to continue using it. But I donโ€™t get it for every trip, just every 6 months or so since Iโ€™m constantly on the go.

Before travelling, I do a check that I have all my stuff. Using the same bag and putting stuff in the same spot every time makes that easy.

Checking out SIM card requirements is worth doing since in some places itโ€™s much easier to pick up one at the airport than anywhere else.

Iโ€™ll normally book my accommodation for my full time in a place and like to plan things out (eg. buying flights, booking accomm) a fair way in advance. Iโ€™m not that comfortable with leaving things to chance/my whims.

I never worry about co-working etc. If I arrive somewhere and find that I donโ€™t have the requirements I need for working, Iโ€™ll think about it then but would rather work in my apartment.

Normally when I book a place, Iโ€™ll look up the address on google maps and save it so itโ€™s easy to find. Iโ€™ll also look up cafes and other places of interest in the neighbourhood and save them.

Workwise, I have everything scheduled ahead in a spreadsheet and add in where Iโ€™ll be to that as I make plans so I can adjust for it. If Iโ€™m going to only be somewhere short-term then I try to make it a lighter work week, that kind of thing.

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@avermat | 4yr

Hereโ€™s my checklist I usually reference while packing:

  • passport
  • check visa requirements
  • check car rental requirements
  • aux cable for car
  • iphone clip for car
  • daypack
  • water bottle
  • headphones
  • offline maps (CityMaps2Go)
  • paper clips (to change sim card)
  • pen (for immigration papers)
  • earplugs (for sleeping)
  • bose speaker
  • hammock
  • converter
  • iphone charger
  • iPad charger
  • iPad (if using Duet)
  • USD cash (small bills)
  • foreign currency (rarely beforehand)
  • debit card (notify bank)
  • credit card (notify bank)
  • drivers license
  • swim goggles
  • baseball hat
  • flashlight
  • deet
  • lock
  • microphone (if recording screencasts)
  • sleeping mask
  • kindle
  • towel/sarong
  • socks
  • tshirts
  • tank tops
  • swimtrunks
  • shorts
  • jeens
  • collared shirts
  • light sweatshirt
  • sandals
  • laundry bag to separate dirty clothes
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • battery powered shaver
  • razor
  • brush
  • deoderant
  • lotion
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • qtips
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • sunscreen
  • long underwear
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@chelocoach | 4yr

Yes, I wander when youโ€™re an experienced traveler you donโ€™t have to think about this very much. But until now I only travel like once every two years. So until I get used to it, a checklist is useful :wink:

@wanderingdev

  • you never get asked about the onward or out of the country flight at immigrations, or at getting a visa?
  • same question for travel insurance?
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@wanderingdev | 4yr

iโ€™ve never been asked about travel insurance.

i donโ€™t generally go places i need to get a visa in advance.

the UK is the only place that ever asks me about onward travel so I do get a flight out for there but i just get a cheap ryan air ticket, not necessarily one Iโ€™ll use. and i now tend to avoid the UK for this and other related reasons.

these are all advantages of having a US passport so YMMV depending on where you are from.

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@wanderingdev | 4yr

wowโ€ฆ thatโ€™s intense. lol

iโ€™ve been doing this a while (@ 8 years)

mine is basically:

  • do I have all my crap?
  • do i know where Iโ€™m staying my first night?
  • do I know how Iโ€™m getting to the next place?

cool, letโ€™s go!

  • i rarely have onward flights
  • i have only had visa stuff twice, but thatโ€™s a benefit of being from the USA
  • i never print anything
  • i donโ€™t cowork
  • i rarely plan the next stop unless i have a commitment elsewhere (house sit, etc.). i generally plan the next stop a week or so before i leave my current location.
  • i donโ€™t do travel insurance
  • i donโ€™t bother checking the weather, i canโ€™t change it
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