What Changes Do You Need to Make to be Prepared to Travel Again?
To make sure you are prepared for your next business flight, we created a list of changes that will need to be made for your next corporate trip to run smoothly. Read on to learn all about the changes you need to make to travel again.
Be aware of your passport’s expiration date. Your passport must be active for at least 6 months beyond your date of travel for you to depart the country. At this time, it is best to send your passport in for renewal approximately 8 months before its expiration date.
This is also the time to make several copies of your passport. You can leave one copy at home or with loved ones and take some in your checked luggage. If your passport is lost or stolen during a trip, one of your copies presented will help you get a replacement much faster.
You can pre-pack some of your smaller items like socks and underwear in a packing cube in advance of travel. You can buy a packing cube or something similar to keep it always ready for travel in your suitcase.
Before your trip, do an inspection of your luggage to see if it is working properly. Check the handles to make sure they are secure and that the wheels roll smoothly. Wipe off all the dirt on the outside and vacuum out the inside of any lint. If your luggage is on its last leg, it may be best to retire it and treat yourself to a new set.
Your mobile device is one of the objects that you most likely touch most of the time. Unfortunately, your phone is covered with lots of germs. Clean the outside of your phone with a sanitary wipe made for hard surfaces.
While you are working on your phone, take a little time and evaluate and work on your contacts list. Add the contact information for the people from your business cards. Delete any information that you do not need. If you have individuals with multiple contact entries, now is the time to merge them.
Keep your vital emergency contact information in your notes area on your phone. You should have the following on your emergency contact list: who to contact in case of emergency, a list of any prescription medication taken, any known allergies or medical conditions, and your physician’s contact information.
Before you begin your next trip, it is time to download any travel applications that you would like to use. There are a multitude of travel apps in the market, and many are free or have a nominal cost. Popular travel apps include those for airlines, cruises, and even hiking navigation apps, plus many more.
These days, it is all about staying healthy while traveling. Check with your health insurance to see if it has international travel coverage, which is now recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Take the time to read about the travel insurance available and make sure you know exactly what it will cover — and what it won’t. You don’t want to get hit with any surprises with your medical coverage while you are away.
From here forward, all travelers should have a virus prevention kit with them at all times. The following should be included in your travel-sized virus prevention kit: single-use thermometers, tissues, Airborne (or Vitamin C), aspirin or ibuprofen, sanitary wipes, and hand sanitizer.
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