Your trip is just a few days away! To make your travels easier, here’s a list of 15 travel tips from the pros at About Australia.
Are the butterflies setting in yet? With your trip just days away, we’d like to share a collection of our best and most useful travel tips. As experts in travel to the South Pacific, these are personal tips we’ve discovered on our own travels to help make your vacation completely stress-free.
1. Secure Travel Documents
Keeping online digital copies of your important travel documents such as passports, trip vouchers, flight confirmations, travel insurance and important phone numbers ensures you can access them even if you lose them or your phone!
2. Be Sure You Can Stay in Touch
We like to recommend taking a break from your phone while on vacation, but we understand sometimes you need to get in touch back home. SIM cards are a great and easy way to stay connected while you travel.
3. Keep Tabs on Your Credit Card
Don’t forget to confirm your travel dates with your bank and credit card company so they don’t freeze your account when they see foreign transactions!
Keep in mind that Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, while American Express cards may not be as widely accepted. Discover Cards are generally not accepted.
4. Pack a Travel Adapter for Your Electronic Devices
Surprisingly, one question we often get is about hair dryers. Many hotels offer hair dryers, but sometimes it’s good to take your own just in case.
As with any of your electronic devices that requires plugging in to an outlet, you’ll need to make sure your device is compatible with the electrical power specifications in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Have a look at the plate on your electrical devices – if it says 110-240v you’ll just a need plug adapter.
5. Bring a Waterproof Bag
When traveling Down Under, it’s inevitable – you’ll often find yourself surrounded by water. Keep your important belongings such as wallets or phones safe with a waterproof bag that you can keep on yourself throughout your tours.
6. Prepare Your Home
One thing that might not be at the top of your checklist is preparing your home for your absence. If you don’t have a house-sitter while you’re away, it’s important to take those extra measures to ensure the safety of your home.
And of course, the comfort of your furry friends.
7. Exhaust Yourself the Day Before Your Flight
It really helps to tire yourself out the day before to make falling asleep on the plane that much easier. Even if you can’t imagine yourself ever getting comfortable enough to fall asleep on a plane, there’s no way you can resist sleep if you can barely keep your eyes open!
8. Make the Space Your Own
This is your new home for the next 12 – 17 hours – you’ll want to be as cozy as possible!
9. Get On Your Destination’s Timezone
This is a great way to prepare for the time difference during your trip and keep jet lag at bay.
10. Treat the In-Flight Crew
I’ve done a basket of little soaps, a box of chocolates and even homemade trail mix – to name a few. I write a note with something like, “Hello fight crew! Thanks so much for all you do! Cheers, ____ (seat 45C).” It’s always a welcomed gesture and this simple act of kindness really goes a long way.Melissa
Aside from that warm feeling you get from being nice to people, you also might get a perk!
11. Bring Something to Keep Comfortable
Little things like your favorite blanket and pillow, or even your favorite book, can help ease flight anxiety. Having something familiar with you on your trip can comfort you more than you might think.
12. Stay Hydrated on Your Flight
Perhaps it’s your go-to for catching sleep on a plane, but trust us – you’ll want to keep the drinks to a limit. The air tends to be really dry on planes due to the cabin pressure, and waking up dehydrated is a terrible way to start your trip. Drinking plenty of water helps you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day.
13. Get Ready for Bed Just as Normal
Getting ready for bed just as you usually would can help you fall asleep easier on your long-haul flight. We recommend getting ready for bed once the lights are turned down after dinner.
14. Stay Awake on Your First Day
Just as it’s important to get a good night’s rest on your flight, you absolutely need to stay awake on your first day in your destination. Walking tours, leisurely sightseeing tours or even simply exploring your arrival city on your own are great ways to begin your first day. The fresh air alone after your long-haul flight makes these simple adventures worth it.
15. Don’t Lose Sight
You’re about to go on the trip of a lifetime to a bucket list destination. Sometimes the small details get in the way of the pure joy of traveling to another part of the world. But it’s important not to lose sight of the incredible journey ahead. Let your wanderlust take hold and your excitement lead the way.
As your Destination Experts, we’ve already squared away every detail of your trip. All you need to do is just enjoy the ride.