We have a very similar post to this, but I love the idea of travel shoes. It's so important. The first year of travel I had a very sore big toe from a year in flip-flops so this is on my must-list!
Hooray! You’re heading on your first international holiday to experience a new place, culture and lifestyle. You’ve been busy saving money and planning your trip, gathering all the essentials and making sure everything is in order. But have you thought of everything? Here’s six things you definitely need for your first overseas trip.
Prepare what type of luggage is best for your trip and have it organised in advance. If you are purchasing a new suitcase, look for something that stands out from the crowd, like this collection from Luggage Direct. You want something that will keep your belongings safe and is also sturdy, lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, so keep that in mind when you are purchasing new luggage.
It might sound like common sense, but do you know how people have arrived at the airport with no passport, or an invalid one. If it is your first international holiday it is likely you’ll need your first passport, so make sure you get that sorted a number of months to allow for any delays. It is also a good idea to have a photocopy of your passport on you while travelling, and also a copy at home with a close friend or relative.
Invest in a good quality travel wallet that will keep all of your important documents safe and secure while travelling. Travelling internationally requires a lot of additional paperwork, so make sure you have it all with you and it is arranged in a way that you can access it easily. A good travel wallet should have room for all of your hotel and transport confirmations, itinerary, banking information, personal details, important contact numbers, passport and an enclosed section for credit cards and foreign cash.
Before you leave, make sure you have the correct travel adapters in your luggage so that you are able charge all of your gadgets and devices. Do your research and find out what adapters you need for the countries you are visiting and get them before your trip as they can be hard to find once you are on the ground in a foreign country, with a dead phone battery. Travel and luggage stores often sell international adapter sets –perfect if you’re circling the globe!
There is nothing worse than arriving in your destination and setting out for a big day of exploring only to find that your shoes are uncomfortable. Travelling in a foreign country often involves a lot of walking, so test your shoes before you leave to ensure they are comfortable for an entire day of walking. If not, leave them at home and invest in something that will not slow you down.
One of the best parts of travelling is being able to capture brilliant memories that you can treasure for years to come, so invest in a good camera and always have it on hand. The best travel photographs come at the most unexpected times, so make sure your camera is always charged and accessible as you explore.
So there you have it, are you as prepared as you thought you were? Make sure you have these six items in your luggage when you travel internationally for the first time as it will help to ensure your trip runs smoothly, and you’ll create some incredible memories. Don’t forget to relax and have fun!
Sarah Race spends any chance she can planning her families travels. After taking a gap year with her two children, she now attempts travel at least 4/6 times a year. When she's not travelling, she's working to save for travel.