The process of planning a trip is tiresome, but also necessary if you want to arrive safely to your destination. This is why I will give you some tips on how to achieve a smooth and carefree trip just by preparing in advance.
Scan all your major documents
If you get mugged or robbed while on the road, this could really save you hours of paperwork. I recommend to scan the documents you usually need, such as your passport, medical and travel insurance cards, relevant health information and driver’s license. This should be done especially if you are planning a trip to a completely new country and culture, where people might recognize you as a tourist, and ask you for your documents so they can steal it, so beware of situations like this one and never give your documents to anyone suspicious.
Map out your first drive
Some rent-a-car companies will offer you a car with GPS, but those are sometimes broken or set to a language you won’t understand, so plan your route ahead. If you plan your trip by mapping out the first drive, the drive itself is not going to be that stressful.
Upgrade your car with LED light bars
I can assure you that by doing this, you will always know where you are going, even in bad weather conditions. Quality LED light bars, like those you can find on this site, illuminate a much larger area than all the other headlights and thus make it possible to see everything that’s ahead of you. This is really helpful if you are going to drive for a long time, or during the night. Situations like that would make any person feel tired, but LED lights will help you see the road clearly and lose the fear. Bad weather conditions like fog, rain or snow will no longer be a problem.
Make a checklist of all the things you are planning to take, and make sure you read through it before packing. Carry a minimum number of valuable things. If you are going to take a phone or a laptop, make sure it is packed in your carry-on bag. Also, it is a good thing to check the weather forecast, so you don’t end up pack any unnecessary clothing items.
Manage your money
If you’re traveling within your country, make sure to visit your bank before leaving. For overseas trips with different currencies, my suggestion is to exchange the money while you are still in the country, because changing money in the airport can attract muggers. Also, some ATMs have big fees, which cost Americans billions of dollars annually. Your bank’s websites have maps of ATMs so you can choose and mark locations near your destination.
Get to know the destination
Some places have strict rules about bringing prescription medications into the country, so make sure you do some research. This is just one of the things you’ll need to check before your trip. I also advise you to research the culture and the destination, since there might be things you’ll need to know in order to blend in.