Bring some medication
The worst holiday nightmare is getting sick while you are on vacation. It’s easier to get sick when you’re in a new place because your body hasn’t had a chance to adjust to the new environment. Three of the most common health problems that you may experience when traveling are jet lag, altitude sickness, and diarrhea.
The best prevention for altitude sickness is to gradually increase your altitude every day to get used to it. If that isn’t possible, a drug known as acetazolamide can help relieve and even prevent symptoms of altitude sickness. The best way to prevent diarrhea is to be very careful of the food you eat and the water you drink on the road.
When you’re packing, you’ll want to include any medications and other medical supplies you use on a daily basis because they may be hard to find in another country and medical cost is expensive.I spent a USD80, for a short consultantcy in the states recently when i can get the medicines here for not more that RM30.00. So, bring some Panadol/Aspirin, some ointment, inhaler (if you are asthmatic) etc.
You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t drink the water in some countries overseas. Water supplies in many developing countries are not treated in the same way as water supplies in developed countries; various bacteria, viruses, and parasites are commonly found in the water. Many experts suggest you drink only bottled water when traveling. That what I did and I was save from diarrhea in India.
IMPORTANT TIP: When scheduling your leave, do include a day or two for you to rest and get over the jet lag. Normally, it will hit only the second day after you arrived from your travel
Bring some dry food
It’s good to have some dry food or snack for you to eat while waiting for your bus or while resting before you go out to the city. But, always check if the country you are visiting allow food to be brought in. From my experience, it’s safe NOT TO BRING any food to Australia. They are very strict especially on dairy food. To be safe, do not bring in anything if you don’t want to be checked. After all, you are there to sample their food. Pack things if you are going to stay there for a month or more and if you are really on a tight budget. With the current exchange rate, food is more expensive in Australia compared to three years back. In the United States (USA), they allow dried food. So, pack your Maggie Mee and biscuits if you like. For a long holidays and if you are on a budget, Maggie mee will help to save some cost.
IMPORTANT TIP: Food will be a great help along the journey to snack while waiting to find a proper food joint. In case of delayed transportation or flight, you can always grab a bite of your biscuits or buns
Bring your credit card or call to activate your card
Always bring your credit card even when you don’t plan to use it. Save it for emergency and NEVER FORGET TO ACTIVATE IT FOR OVERSEA USE BY CALLING THE CUSTOMER SUPPORT.
Create a temporary will
This is optional but before I have my own will (yes, I already have a permanent will), I will create one before I leave. I’ll let my sister or my trusted friend know where I kept my things and I will let my trusted office friend know where I kept important documents in my office. I just don’t want to create chaos if something happened to me.
Photocopy all important travel documents
Nobody wants trouble while they are on vacation but as the saying goes “Trust God but lock your car”, be prepared for anything. So, whether you are traveling alone or with friends, always have copies of all your travel documents- your tickets and your passport and your itinerary. If you know the address and contact number of the places where you are going to stay, include that too. Give one copy to your travel partner and give another copy to your family member and keep the original with you.