It is holiday time, you have been planning for months and as the day of departure draws closer excitement starts to build. I love travelling and still get a thrill going to the airport – especially if it is the International terminal.
However, before you get caught up in the ‘holiday mood’ you need to make sure you have packed not only your toothbrush but also you travel folder. If you are going on a holiday where you have several reservations for flights and accommodation it is sometimes tricky to keep track of everything.
When I travel I use a folder with plastic sleeves that I keep all my information in and pack it in my backpack for easy access. Of course you can purchase more sophisticated styles if you want to. I usually have the itinerary at the front and then the rest in date order.
I know we live in an age of technology however I still like a hard copy in case my phone is not charged or there is no service or internet. I email myself the documents and leave a copy with someone at home. Be prepared is what I say!
Here are 8 items you need in your Travel Folder.
I usually type up my itinerary in an Excel spreadsheet and include the Day, Date, Accommodation Name or Flight Number, Address of Accommodation, Contact Phone number. Leave a copy with a family member in case they need to contact you in an emergency.
2. Flight Details
Print off your flight detail summary. We recently visited Canada and the US and had 11 airplane flights so I was glad I had each flight printed off for quick reference. Point to remember – always check that the flight is still on schedule. Using the Online check-in facility saves so much time.
Obviously this is required if travelling overseas and you should take extra security with this. I carry my passport with me at all times unless there is a ‘safe’ in the hotel room, and even then it depends on the hotel.I take a copy of our passport information leave it with someone who can email to you if you lose it.Click To Tweet
Print a map of where the accommodation is located and directions from your arrival point. Sometimes we arrive late in the evening and it is difficult trying to find your way around a strange city, especially if you aren’t taking a taxi.
5. Letter Listing Medications
If you take medication and require it on your travels, you should ask your doctor for a letter explaining what medication you take. Some countries are very strict about what you can take it so having a letter makes life easier, especially at the end of a long plane flight.
6. Travel Insurance
Details of your travel insurance and also the contact phone number for the Insurance company just in case. Make sure you know what you are covered for and what is not included in your policy.
7. Emergency Contact
Details of who to contact at home in case of emergency.
8. Notepad and Pen
Apart from watching countless movies, reading and eating on the plane I also like to pack a notepad and pen. I like to keep track of my memories – although I usually take 1,000s of photos. We were in Japan and we wrote the name of the cruise line in Japanese so that if we got lost at least we could ask how to get back to the ship.Leave a copy of bank & credit card details with family in case of theft they can provide the infoClick To Tweet
What do you take in your travel folder?
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