Things to Pack When Travelling Abroad

Whether you travel abroad frequently or planning for your first international trip, it is always important that you prepare a list of the items to pack beforehand.  Although there are several things that you may want to carry while travelling abroad, there are must-haves that should always appear in the packing checklist. In case you are wondering what to pack, Blogger Art from GT Roofing San Antonio shared some info tips below is a comprehensive breakdown of the basic items that must be included in an international travel checklist.

Clothing

Do not just throw heaps of clothes into the suitcase or bag. Instead, select a few versatile outfits and lighter fabrics. Some of the essential clothing to pack include long sleeved shirts, fleece jacket, t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, pants, socks, comfortable walking shoes, pajamas, underwear, scarf. For heavy clothes, it is advisable to put them on instead of packing.

Toiletry

Toiletries are also very essential personal effects that you should include in your packing checklist. Some of the basic toiletries to pack include tooth brush, deodorant, hair brush, sunscreen lotions, sun glasses, prescription glasses, hair products, detergents and other personal hygiene items.

Travel Health Supplies

International travels usually come with various health risks. Besides undergoing vaccinations, there are also some health items that you should pack like travel first aid kit, allergy medications and diarrhea medicines.

Carry-on Bag

While there are some of the above items that can be packed in your carry-on bag, there are also personal effects that should be included therein. The carry-on bag should contain mobile devices and accessories, camera, electrical appliances, books and headphones. Other items to also pack in the carry-on bag include credit cards and travel documents.

When packing for an international trip, it is important to also remember to keep the luggage light. Only pack items that you can never go without or buy on the road. To be sure that you do not forget any essential, create a list of all the items that you will need and use it to pack.  

 

How to Protect Travel Electronics

How to Protect Travel Electronics

Travel electronics are important and expensive. In addition to making travel more exciting, they enhance communication with loved ones. Travelers use these electronics to record their trips and get their work done.

But, when it comes to protecting travel electronics, there are things that you should have in mind. For instance, you should bear in mind the fact that baggage coverage comes with per item limit. Also remember that high limits can be too low when it comes to covering most electronics. Here are guidelines to ensure proper protection of travel electronics.

Know That Electronics Are Excluded From Baggage Coverage

The travel insurance that covers personal items in the baggage comes with a per-item limit. Although you can have a baggage coverage of $600, your plan’s per-item limit can be $300. This means that only this amount will be paid for one item. As such, it may not be enough because a smartphone alone costs more than this.

Limits are Too Low for Most Travel Electronics

Most travel insurance policies have high limits for emergency evacuations, medical emergencies, and flight accidents. Additionally, you can be protected more with a higher limit. However, travel insurance policies are limited to $750 for travel electronics. Some cover $300 only. This means the amount might not cover electronics like laptops and smartphones that you may carry when traveling.

Get Extra Protection for Travel Electronics

You can get a travel insurance plan that provides extra electronics coverage. Such a plan increases per-item limit to up to $1,000. This combined with baggage coverage limit makes the plan a better option. Nevertheless, this amount might still be inadequate for some electronics.

The Best Protection for Travel Electronics

The best protection for travel electronics is personal property insurance. However, you may still have to pay about 5% of the replacement cost of the electronic for this coverage. Nevertheless, if you set your camera down and it gets stepped on by an elephant that you ride, you will have its full replacement cost.

Overall, the best way to protect travel electronics is to buy travel insurance with keen attention on what is covered and the protection level provided. If you buy personal property insurance, it’s possible to focus travel insurance on things like your protection from hefty medical bills.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Travel with Money

When travelling, money is one of the main things that you must always have with you. Even after paying for your flight ticket and booking accommodation, you will still need money to cater for goods and services that you will be using during the trip. Besides, emergencies can also arise and, money is usually the easiest way out.  In this guide, we highlight key ideas on how to travel with money.

Cash

Regardless of the destination of your travel, it is always advisable to carry some cash for smaller transactions here and there. But, cash can also be quite easy to lose. Here’s how to safely handle cash when traveling;

  • Only carry a small amount of cash at any given time.
  • Keep cash in different places. Stash some in the wallet, some in the carryon bag and others in the pocket or even socks.
  • Do not flaunt your money openly. Only take out what you need to use and keep the rest hidden.

ATMs

ATMs are also a convenient way of accessing money during a trip. With credit or debit cards, you can easily withdraw money from ATMs across the world. However, it should be noted that overseas, the most you can do at the ATMs is view your balance and make withdrawals. Below are additional tips for using ATMs to access money when travelling.

  • Make withdrawals from bank affiliated ATMs
  • Consider using online banking to monitor transactions
  • Use ATMs during official banking hours
  • Know the withdrawal limits

When using ATMs, you should also be very vigilant not to allow others see your PIN or fall into the trap of skimmers.

Debit Cards  

Unlike credit cards, debit cards can be used to access money from ATMs and pay for goods and services directly. To safely use a debit card when travelling, it is important to always limit your account balance, keep your PIN safe and maintain a watchful eye on the activities in your account.

Generally, the best way to handle money when traveling is electronic. Coupled with the above ideas, you should also be keen to act low key and avoid any activities that could put you at risk.

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Travel Photography

Photography is one of the best ways to capture the moments when travelling. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and can tell the story of your travels much better. Besides, photographs will remain to tell the experiences even long after you are gone. However, there are few things that you should keep in mind to ensure the best travel photography. Below are the dos and don’ts of travel photography.

Do Ask If it is Safe to Take Photos

When travelling, there are lots of new and interesting things that you might want to capture. However, it should be noted that every culture has its own peculiarities and snapping certain scenes may not be appreciated. At some places, you will even find signs indicating that photographs are not allowed. To be safe, always ask around if you can photograph beforehand. F they say no, just accept and move on.

Do Not Over Pack

Before heading out, ask yourself why you need to take the photos and the types of pictures that you require. Your reason for photography and the particular style of pictures that you need will determine the equipment to use. Nevertheless, do not bring all the photography equipment. Only carry the basic photography equipment that you will be using at the scene.

Focus More on the Details

It is very easy to get caught up in different activities when travelling. However, that should not mean you have to capture everything. Some will pass you and, that is just normal. The big and extravagant shots are great but, also dig deeper into the details that most people do not see. Sometimes, the little moments and sights often neglected by many make the best photos.

Do Stay Connected

One of the main reasons for travel photography is to document the experiences. But, all the photos can be lost in a moment in case the camera is spoilt, stolen. So, make sure that after every session, you upload the photos onto a digital storage platform for backup.

With so many sights to snap in a limited period of time, it is easy to get stuck behind the camera. However, you should remember that there is so much beauty around that can still make your trip worthwhile.

 

Advisory Before You Travel To Unique Madagascar

Uniqueness

Finding a country endowed with much diversity as Madagascar is unusual. A trip through its lush jungles and breathtaking mountains is an experience of a lifetime. The forests teem with countless species of wildlife and plants that are not found anywhere else on Earth. There are the charismatic Lemurs, chameleons, unique bird species. There are spectacular, unspoiled beaches around the crystalline waters of the Indian oceans in which swim the humpback whales. You can sail or visit the dive sites to scuba-dive and snorkel to explore the abundant marine life and vibrant coral reefs.

Madagascar is unique in that it is an African country away from the real, mainland Africa. It was separated and set adrift to the east coast of the main Africa millenniums following a catastrophic earthquake. Its culture is also unique compared to other African cultures. Men and women wear the same cloths in Madagascar.

Size and population

It is the fourth largest island in the world. With an area of 364,770 square miles, it is the size of France. Madagascar has a population of 25 million people, half of which survive on less than a dollar per day.

Languages

The official languages are French (spoken by the educated) and Malagasy, which has acquired various dialects throughout the island. Many names are quite a mouthful and so hard to pronounce for newcomers. For instance, the Capital City is called Antananarivo. Other cities are Fianarantsoa, Antsiranana,

When to visit

It is best to visit Madagascar during the dry season between May and October when the temperatures are favorable. There are cyclones in the rainy season, and this can be a threat to your safety. The rainy season is between November and April.

Transport

To travel through the country, you will need to use shared taxis, here called taxi-be. Railways are not reliable.

Security

Compared with other African countries, Madagascar is relatively safe to visit. But you should avoid the following:

Demonstration

There is always some political confrontation taking place or about to take place in Madagascar; therefore civil unrest can be frequent. Avoid demonstrations and political rallies for your own safety, for fights between the opposing groups do occur or the police get in to stop the activities if deemed unlawful.

Taxis

Take extra caution when traveling in bush taxis, commonly called taxi-brousse. Statistics indicate that carjacking incidents are high, especially at night. Try to move around during the day, so you don’t become part of the statistic.

Do not show off

Madagascar is not a rich country. If you travel there, do not show off your wealth, as in wearing gold chains and watches as you sunbathe on the beach. The more you display these, the more a target for kidnapping you make yourself. Armed gangs have sometimes attacked and robbed tourists in the uninhabited areas like Montagne d’Ambre National Park and the region of Nosy Be.

Conclusion

The official currency of Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary. There are agencies for currency exchange at the main ports of entry.

Have a safe trip.