Travelling is a lovely experience filled with inspiration, unique flavours, cultural encounters and happy snaps. Lots of happy snaps. Because you have to make everyone jealous of the trip. #wishyouwerehere

But we all know it doesn’t start out like that. You pull your hair out trying to find your passport, pack and unpack a thousand times, find out you hate everything your wardrobe and realise that you cannot win at the game of folding Tetris in your bag. And no matter how much pre-planning you do, you’re always rushing to make it to the airport on time.

It’s only natural to forget a few things from time to time, but these are the things you should NEVER forget before you reach the tarmac:

1. EXTRA Memory

How annoying is it when you try to take the perfect selfie or food shot and you have insufficient memory on your phone? And that FOMO increases about a million per cent while you’re on holiday. Before you leave, make sure you clear out your device and pack some extra memory cards for your camera. It’s also a good idea to take an external hard drive to store your excess photos or videos just in case!

2. Your Toothbrush

This should really be #1, because ain’t nobody got time fo’ your bad breath on a long-haul flight. If you’re on the way to the Brisbane airport and you realise you’ve forgotten your toothbrush, Skygate’s Woolworths is open 24 hours! Say goodbye to that furry feeling over your pearly whites! Just remember the toothpaste as well.

3. Health Checks and Immunisations

Look, we know this isn’t a fun pre-departure activity, but it’s a pretty good trade-off to ensure you actually experience your destination from somewhere other than the bathroom floor or hospital bed. Even if you’re super squeamish, try not to “forget” this one.

4. Loading Google Maps Pages

You can’t always rely on free wi-fi and an English-friendly map while you’re travelling, so you might want to learn how to use Google Maps offline. Yes, offline. Search the city you’d like to access from the Google Maps app and tap “download”. Voilà! You can now view the map off line and even get driving directions on the static map!

5. Update The Cloud

If you don’t have the Cloud, get it. If you do, update it! These days there are so many services that provide reliable internet-based storage facilities. It’s the prefect place for you to store all your important travel documents (scans of passports, bookings, visas, proof of finances, important contact details, etc.). If anything happens (touch wood!) you’ll have a back-up.

6. More Money Than You Need

Money, money, money: the more the better, but never, ever store it in one space! Get cash exchanged before you travel and store it in various places on your body and in your luggage. Pre-loaded travel cards with chips are also beneficial as you can avoid the hefty exchange rates while you’re travelling.

7. Travel Insurance

It’s the one thing you don’t realise you need, until you do. And by that stage, it’s too late and you’re left out of pocket. Get it. Then relax and enjoy your holiday.

8. Luggage from This Century

When was the last time you upgraded your luggage? If you’ve got a two-wheeler canvas stitched bag, you might want to consider an upgrade. Suitcases with four wheels are SO much easier to use, especially when you’re hurrying to the gate. You also want a suitcase that’s light but durable and that will keep all your things safe while travelling.

9. Chargers and Adapters

Can you imagine running out of battery a day into the trip and having to wait until you’re back on Australian soil to use the device again? Hot tip: Australian power boards with European or American sockets are also available, so you can charge multiple products at once on holiday. Winning.

10. Entertainment

You never know if you’ll be that unlucky person whose screen doesn’t work on the flight. Or you might get stuck on an unexpected layover with nothing to do. A book, a game, or having your favourite movies and TV shows loaded onto your devices could be your saving grace.

11. Turn OFF Data Roaming

No one wants to come home to a massive phone bill, so be sure to switch off data roaming, location services and push notifications. Can’t live offline even for a little while? Speak to your service provider about a solution or pre-paid option for international internet access and data usage.

12. Say Goodbye

Everyone already knows you’re off on a holiday. You’ve snuck it into every conversation, posted it on all your social media accounts and borrowed or asked for things from family and friends. But that doesn’t mean you should leave without saying a proper goodbye. It doesn’t matter if it’s a two-week getaway or an eight-week holiday – make some time to catch up with your loved ones before you go.

13. Headphones

Why is that baby crying three rows back? Don’t know. Don’t care. Because we can’t hear it! Headphones, not earphones, are great for blocking out annoying noises and can also be used for listening to your music when you’re in a new destination. Make sure you pack some big, padded, noise-cancelling headphones. You can thank us later.

Safe travels!

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