Say, you booked a trip with Pacific Holidays and get ready for your very first solo trip. Maybe you travelled with other people before, but this is the first time that you have to make all of the travel arrangements all by yourself. Now, you can’t rely on other people to think of all the things you need to consider when you’re travelling abroad. Therefore, we want to provide you with some tips and tricks for first-time travelers – and the travelers who always seem to make the same mistakes.
Your Passport or ID
Some people require a passport instead of a general ID. This rule mostly concerns countries outside of Europe, but always try to found out whether a European, American or Asian country requires a specific form of identification or you might get into trouble at a foreign airport. And, of course, you check if your passport is still valid. You cannot travel with a passport that expires within half a year and it takes some time to request a new passport. In short: think about your ID at least two months before you leave or otherwise you might not be in time.
Of course, your luggage depends on your destination. You won’t take a bathing suit to a winter sports destination and a sunny beach requires a surfboard instead of a set of skis. But there are a few things that remain the same no matter what country you travel to. Carry no more than you have to. You will see that, no matter how many clothes you put in your suitcase or travel trolley, you wear the same few shirts and trousers multiple times while other clothes stay unworn. And don’t forget to pack a few things for emergencies. A few painkillers and some extra medication etc. Don’t forget to out some necessary medication in your hand luggage in case your suitcase gets lost – if your medication is allowed in your hand luggage of course. Speaking of hand luggage: an extra set of clothes and a pair of pyjamas in your suitcase so you can get through the first night if your luggage does not arrive at the correct airport. Know what the weight limit of your suitcase is and, if your airline company allows it, add a trolley for long journey’s.
At the Airport
First of all, we advise you to arrive at the airport well on time. Travelling is stressful enough as it is and you don’t want time pressure to add to it. Most travel agencies, at least those that have a website, allow you to check in 24 hours in advance. You can select your favourite seats via their website and it saves you time at the airport. Still, be there at least two or even three hours in advance. After all, you still need to check in your luggage and pass security and that could take some time.
Now you’re ready for your first solo trip and we hope you enjoy your holiday.