Around the world: useful tips for the preparation of a long trip

You have finally decided to go on the trip of a lifetime. A great adventure of several months during which you will perhaps cross several countries, venture into experiences never before experienced and leave the daily routine behind you. Except that the time of preparation is also coming. Don't panic, here's how to prepare for a long trip abroad. When you're planning a vacation or a trip of any kind, it's essential to take certain details into account. Here are some useful tips that you should not forget when you travel from France. When choosing your destination, you should seek advice on the characteristics of each destination, relevant vaccines, the most common medications and so on. 

Survival kit for administrative procedures

This is not the most pleasing part. But once it's settled, it allows you to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. First of all, you will need to make sure that your papers are in order and valid for the duration of your trip. Check that your passport is up to date, or have one made out at your local prefecture if it is not the case. Valid passport. It is also recommended that you bring photocopies of your documents and take them with your personal belongings. To find out which visa will be required in your chosen destination, please check with the different embassies or on specialized websites. Approximately 6 months prior to departure, travelers should begin to study airline ticket prices. And book as soon as you feel you have a good deal. If you plan to rent a car during your trip, get an international permit from your prefecture. It's free, but may take a few days to process. So don't do it at the last minute. 

Health Survival Kit

On the health side, don't skimp on good travel insurance, to prevent you in case of accident or care abroad. Ideally, travelers should take the time to do a small "check-up" of basic eye and dental care before you leave, to get off on the right foot. Carry a list of medical precautions, such as writing down the medications you are allergic to, if you are taking medication, and general warnings that can prevent a last-minute problem. Have a medical examination before you travel. If travellers use glasses, it is recommended that they take another pair or the prescription in case they lose them. To purchase medical insurance, social security covers health care in Europe. To obtain it, you must go to professional agencies and apply for it, usually immediately. Depending on your destination, you will also need to get or redo some of your vaccinations. This should be checked with your general practitioner. Take advantage of the visit to have your usual medications prescribed for the duration of your trip. If you take prescription drugs, it is essential that you carry them in their original packaging with your prescriptions to avoid disruptions at customs. Carry a first aid kit. Get enough rest for the hours you need. Geographic changes and a few hours of sleep can cause discomfort.

In the suitcase or bag

Do not carry valuables that you may lose sight of. It is not practical to carry everything with you, the less the better. You can always wear sunscreen if you are exposed to the sun for a long time or if the weather is surprising. Bring insect repellent. You can also select your wardrobe according to destinations, weather and preferred activities. Travellers should bring only clothes that match and overlap each other, to avoid bulky items in the bag.

For hygiene

Drink bottled water, avoid tap and fountain water as much as possible. It is very important that you are hydrated in order to carry out the proposed activities. If you eat fruit, it should be thoroughly washed. You can contract infections due to lack of hygiene. If you eat seafood or fish, you must make sure they are fresh, as they can cause you stomach problems. If you are carrying food, it is important to make sure it stays fresh and dry to avoid what is commonly known as "traveller's diarrhea". Avoid dairy or creamy products.

For car travel

If you travel by car, it is essential to have up-to-date papers and to respect all traffic rules. Use the seat belt, always carry the tank with enough fuel and if you travel with children, always in the back seat, if they are small with the special safety seat. Do not exceed the indicated maximum speed and avoid any type of infraction. Do not consume alcohol if you have to drive. It is recommended to use the hotel safe or the safe of the place where you are staying. Original documents should be left in a safe place and photocopied during your stay.

The budget to prepare for a long trip

When it comes to planning your budget for a long trip, two techniques are essential. The first is to calculate by expense items, flights, accommodations, transportation, activities and food, for the essentials. Once you have identified the average cost of each item per day, all you have to do is multiply by the number of days. The advantage is that you will have a fairly accurate idea of what to expect during your stay. The disadvantage is that this technique quickly becomes complex and time-consuming on long trips to multiple destinations.

Hotel Reservation

After checking the realistic itinerary, some travelers prefer to book their room on site. You will be able to do this in advance and avoid stress and wasted time on site. It also allows you to comfortably consult traveler reviews and choose the accommodation that is most likely to please you. And it doesn't prevent you, once you're there, from modifying the reservations if you wish. In general, you have little or no charge for cancelling 48 hours in advance, check the conditions.

More tips

Know the currency and its equivalent to the exchange rate with ours. You will be able to keep in mind the laws of the country where you choose to go on vacation in order to respect them. Legislation varies a lot from country to country, which can save you a lot of trouble. Remember that the only safe swimming pools are those with chlorinated water. Avoid walking barefoot in certain areas such as swimming pools, beaches and showers. This will depend on the destination and hygiene. If you visit areas where there are insects or snakes, you should keep your shoes on. You should never carry packages from strangers. Learn about the general culture, traditions and customs during your stay in the place you will be visiting. This will allow you to establish relationships and be cordial.
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