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Wear in your walking shoes before you leave home. This way the blisters will have come and gone before you leave home. – The Trusted Traveller

Pack a small first aid kit. This doesn’t have to be anything bulky or complex, just a few plasters, headache/pain medication, antihistamines, anti-diarrhea tablets, hand sanitizer, tweezers, nail clippers and any prescription medication you take. – The Trusted Traveller

First aid

Register your details with DFAT (or a similar government organisation in your country). It takes only a few minutes and ensures that if there is a major incident or natural disaster in the area you are in, the government will know to look for you. – The Trusted Traveller

Be aware of the local laws as every countries laws are different. Guide books will usually have a section on this or check out the DFAT (or similar government organisation in your country) website. – The Trusted Traveller

Get travel insurance. I honestly can’t think of a reason not to. If there is a transport strike, your luggage is lost or stolen or you get injured, this travel insurance will save you a lot of money in the long run. Make sure you check the policy clauses and terms really well before purchasing to ensure that everything you want covered, like an extra expensive camera, is covered. – The Trusted Traveller

Check if the drinking water is safe before you leave home. Most guide books will have a section on this. Even brushing your teeth with unclean water can cause you problems. – The Trusted Traveller

Drinking water

Ensure you know the local road rules if you plan to drive.  Every country has their own set of rules, so make sure you read up on them so you don’t cause and accidents or embarrassment. – The Trusted Traveller

Beat jet lag quicker by forcing yourself to adapt to the time zone at your destination. Try to stay awake until a reasonable bed time, rehydrate and eat meals at local times. A walk in fresh air and sunshine will also help to recharge your batteries. – The Trusted Traveller

Jet lagTake copies of important documents such as passport, insurance policy, visas, credit/bank cards and any other important documents. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home or saved in a folder in your email account. If the unfortunate was to happen and you lost or had stolen any of these things then you will have copies to help you get replacements. – The Trusted Traveller

Check with a doctor or health professional for information on recommended vaccinations in advance of your trip.  Some vaccinations can be an entry requirement for some countries.  It is also a good idea to find out about taking medication overseas as certain medicines aren’t allowed in some countries.The Trusted Traveller

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