Top 10 travel tips when traveling to countries off the beaten path-Part 2


In this episode, Charlene and Henry walk us through travel tips 4, 5 and 6. Just to recap, episode 1 covered tips on visa logistics, financials and important documentation. Stay tuned to our blog as we bring you more travel tips from future podcasts of Only A Day Away.


4.Carry more than enough of your medication to last your entire trip

We recommend this basic list of items to carry in your travel health kit:Henry is a lucky man to have a pharmacist as his wife. Charlene is bang on with emphasizing the point about carrying all your medicines and prescriptions when traveling to a foreign country. We recommend our clients to do the same. Discuss the use of medications with your health care provider before departure and carefully follow the directions for use, including dosage and when to seek medical care. Also, study well about travelling with medications and what you can bring on a plane.

  1. First aid items - sanitizer, adhesive bandages, gauze, antiseptic, thermometer, oral rehydration salts and tensor bandages for sprains
  2. Medicines - Any prescription or over-the-counter medication you normally use, allergy medicines, anti-diarrheal, anti-motion sickness, cold and flu medications, antifungal and antibacterial ointments or creams and if recommended, destination-specific medication, like those for malaria or high-altitude sickness
  • Contact Card - Carry a card with information such as name, address, and phone number of a family member, friend, health care provider, travel insurance provider in case of a medical emergency.
  1. Other items – aloe gel for sunburns, sunscreens, insect repellents, extra pair of glasses, eye drops and ear plugs, etc. depending on personal preference, destination and activities.
  2. Always carry your proof of insurance coverage and immunization records copies with you.

5.Travel insurance: are you on the fence about this?

As part of their top travel tips, the duo always recommends getting travel insurance, no matter what kind of trip you are going on. Travel insurance does not have to be a health reason, it also covers Lost, stolen or damaged baggage, personal effects or travel documents, flight delays and cancellations, and much more. Anything may wrong during a trip, so it is always good to get an insurance cover. Since every person and destination has a different situation make sure you choose a travel insurance plan that best fits your needs.

6.What you pack is always dependent on where you go!

Where to next? A luxurious European tour? Getting rugged in the Amazon jungle? A laid back African safari? Or a cycling holiday in India with BikeStreetBoys? Certainly there are a few things to take into consideration.

Also take into consideration the weather of the place and activities you’re planning to do. “Plan strategically and pack outfits that are versatile and easily adjustable,” says Henry.

  • Pack smartly and travel light! Due to limitations on the luggage size and allowances make sure you pack wisely and carry only what is really needed!
  • Start preparing a checklist of items right from the day your destination is confirmed. Henry and Charlene do a smart thing to break down the list into categories: clothes, electronics, documentations and local. This is really cool advice and it makes it lot easier to pack and check off items from categories.
  • Do not forget to go online for some extra inspiration and tips on what to bring to each specific travel destination.
  • Always leave a bit of room for souvenirs and collect memories, not just things.


Folks, this is it for now! Stay tuned for the last four travel tips from Henry and Charlene - #7, #8, #9 and #10 in our upcoming blog post.

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