The ‘must have’ list for your final holiday pack – don’t get caught without these things!

To enjoy your holiday to the maximum and reduce your chance of running into trouble a little planning and preparation goes a long way. Work through the below pretravel checklist to ensure you have covered all bases.

  1. Check your passport and ensure you have the required visas. Your Australian passport should have at least 6 months validity on it.
  1. Have an appointment with a Travel Doctor to discuss your trips and risks. Do you need vaccinations? Do you need medications to prevent malaria ?
  1. Pack your Yellow Fever Certificate if Yellow Fever vaccination was a requirement of your trip. You may need to show this on entry into certain countries
  1. Get Travel Insurance. Take details of policy/contact details with you.
  1. Get a letter from your regular doctor with a list of medications you are taking. See our Blog on ‘6 Vital Steps for transporting your medication overseas’
  1. If you have many or complicated medical problems ask your regular doctor to write a letter listing your medical illnesses
  1. Take a copy of important documents such as tickets, itinerary, Yellow Fever Certificate. Keep a paper copy plus scan/take photo and email these documents to yourself. You can keep the electronic copies on your device or download to a cloud storage service (eg Dropbox, Google Drive)
  1. Pack your regular prescription/non prescription medications. Take enough to last your trip and put at least some in hand luggage.
  1. Consider packing a First aid kit relevant to your trip. Add to the kit extra items you may require such as anti-histamines, artificial tear eyedrops, thrush creams. At Shepparton Travel Clinic we have premade Travel Kits ready for this purpose, discuss this at your appointment
  1. Consider packing medications if you develop vomiting/diarrhoea overseas- including oral rehydration solution and antidiarrheal medication. At Shepparton Travel Clinic we have premade Gastro Kits ready for this purpose, discuss this at your appointment.
  1. Pack hand sanitiser – use regularly whilst overseas esp before eating or handling money
  1. Pack sun protection – sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
  1. Pack repellent – remember no aerosols in hand luggage
  1. Plan to drink only safe water. Do you need to take water bottle with filter, purification tablets 
  1. Consider packing motion sickness tablets
  1. If travelling alone, esp if female consider a personal alarm
  1. Consider packing condoms
  1. Consider how you will carry cash/money cards. Have a plan if you lose your primary source of money.

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