Hello dear readers!
As you all know, I will be heading over to Europe in 18 days, and I am so excited – I’m going out of my mind! This morning I was thinking about everything that I had to bring and had to do before I left, and I decided that I’d write a post about it to not only help myself to remember, but other traveller’s as well. So here it goes….
1. Take care of responsibilities at home
This includes your job (see “The Step by Step Guide to Quitting your Job”), your pets (find someone to take care of them while you’re away), your house (have people check on belongings etc.), your cars (have someone turn on the motor every couple of weeks) and so on. Make sure you have these things sorted really early on in case people can’t go through with it. I know you’re excited but you have to remember the important things!
2. Check your bookings
Sometimes airlines have to change times pretty close to the date, so just make sure you know when to show up at the airport! For international flights remember to get to the airport at least one and a half hours before departure. Aim for two!
3. Sort out your finances
When I go to Europe I will be using a multi currency cash passport through Credit Union Australia. My family has used it before and it’s always worked perfectly, no dramas. I have heard that some people had problems at some ATMs in Italy while using the cash passport through Commonwealth bank, so just be aware. Read some reviews, and check the exchange rate before you go to the bank to activate your card.
4. Appropriate clothing
Here comes the fun part… clothes shopping! According to the season, the place and the amount of time you are going for, you’re going to need different clothes. I will be going to Europe for two months (December and January) so I’ll be needing plenty of warm clothes. I suggest bringing 3 of each thing that needs washing after every use (underwear) so you can wear one, have one in the wash and a spare one in your bag at all times. Don’t bring more than necessary, because remember, you only have 20 kilos! Have casual, formal and everyday wear, because you never know where you’ll be going – that’s the fun of travelling. You have to be prepared but not overly prepared, because unless you’re going somewhere rural, remember that there are shops there and you won’t need to have everything before you get there. Just enough to be comfortable until you can go shopping again. Shoes are also an important part of your travels – cold feet can ruin your whole day. It is worth it to spend a bit of money on good, sturdy shoes that will last you your whole holiday. I got mine from It’s Extreme for $72 down from well over $100, so remember to keep an eye out for bargains! A month before you go, I suggest checking all that you have already. Then write a list of essential things you still need, and another list of things that you will buy when you arrive there. This way you’ll have plenty of time, you’ll be prepared, and you’ll also be under the weight limit!
Pack YOUR PASSPORT, toothbrush, toothpaste, make up, a face towel, hair brush, a bottle of water, some cash in the currency of the place you are going, your mobile phone + charger, your camera + charger + USB cable, laptop (for photo storage + backup), power plug adapter, suitcase keys and anything else you think you’ll need on the plane flight into your hand luggage bag. Get one that is easy to carry and comfortable on your shoulder/s, so that you won’t be uncomfortable during stopovers.
5. Packing your Suitcase
I suggest doing this two nights before you leave, so that you still have a bit of time for last minute shopping, but pack your hand luggage the day before because you will still need the items in there. Choose the outfit/s you will wear on the plane flight and hang them up in your cupboard instead of packing them. Make sure everything is secure and protected in your suitcase. If things are easily breakable, cover them with something soft and put them in the middle of the suitcase. Make sure to put things you will need most on top so that they are easily accessible.
6. Lift Off!
Now that you have everything sorted, all you can do is wait. I have been counting down since 250 days, and now it’s finally 18! No matter how far away your holiday may seem, I promise you the time will come so much faster than you expected. In this waiting period, I like to google things to do in my destination, and make a rough holiday plan. But remember to leave space to be spontaneous! One last thing… Have the time of your life. Leave all of your worries behind – you can tend to them when you get back.
Please tell me anything I’ve forgotten in the comments below, as well as experiences (good and bad) from your travels – I’d love to hear them! Thanks for reading,
- Tamara.joy x