While holidays are meant to be relaxing, there’s usually something that crops up and disturbs your fun.
From keeping your luggage safe to avoiding that dreaded mobile phone bill shock, Angus Kidman, Travel Expert at finder.com.au, shares his top five essentials to keep your nerves from getting frayed.
We all travel with so many gadgets these days, from tablets to mobile phones, and keeping them charged is vital.
“I always carry a powercube. It takes up very little space but ensures I can charge multiple gadgets overnight,” Angus explains. “If you're on a very long journey, pick up a portable charger as well. That way you won't be stuck at the airport, unable to order transport because your phone is dead.”
A way to stay connected
If you haven’t done it yourself, yet, you know someone who has returned from an overseas jaunt only to be welcomed home by a massive mobile phone bill.
“The occasional Instagram update or map check can prove very expensive and set you back hundreds of dollars. Plan for how you're going to stay connected to avoid post-trip bill shock,” Angus recommends. "If you're travelling to a single destination, then a local SIM will give you a trouble-free connection and make use of free Wi-Fi in cafes and hotels when you can.”
If you need, or would prefer, to keep your Australian phone number, you can add an international call and data pack to your current mobile plan before you jet off.
Easily recognisable luggage
When you’re picking up your luggage from the carousel, it can be easy to pick up someone else’s, or have someone else take yours.
“To avoid mix-ups, make sure your luggage is easy to spot. I use a Firebox Head Case wrap with my face printed on it! If you don't want to be that extreme, style it with a ribbon or oversized luggage tag,” Angus suggests. “Keeping your luggage locked also ensures that it won't be rifled through by baggage handlers or opportunistic passengers.”
If you want to be even more cautious, a smart lock like Fone King’s Airbolt, offers Bluetooth tracking so you know where your bags are at any given moment and you can control the lock access from your mobile phone.
Although it’s something we hear often, many people still decide to embark on an adventure without travel insurance.
“Don't let your holiday be ruined by unexpected accidents. Whether it’s lost luggage or an unexpected hospital visit, travel insurance gives you peace of mind,” he says.
Angus also reveals that if you’re travelling to a few countries a worldwide policy may be better suited to you and remember to add extra cover where needed – especially if you’re undertaking adventure activities or winter sports.
If the thought of mountains of paper work turns you off getting a policy, there’s a new kid on the block. TravelCard allows real-time claims and reimbursements, in certain cases, leaving you with no out of pocket expenses.
Keep a copy of all your important documents
For Angus, keeping a copy of all important documents should be a priority.
“Have paper copies of key documents, including your passport, itinerary and insurance documents, as well as credit cards and travel money cards,” he advises. “Keep scans on your phone as well, and store copies of those scans in an online service like Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud. That way you can access them in an emergency, no matter what happens."