Are You Ready? Being Prepared Is The Key To A Great Travel Experience!

Being Prepared Is The Key To A Great Travel Experience!

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots.

Few things are as exciting as travel. The call of the unknown, getting to explore places that you've never even been able to imagine before. Travel is often at the top of the list of many people's favorite things. That's probably why it's that much more horrible when something goes wrong while you're traveling.

A trip is supposed to be an incredible, life-affirming experience, and the last thing that you want is to have the whole thing ruined by something going wrong! And what's the number one reason that things go wrong when you're traveling? 

The answer is actually pretty simple: things go wrong when you don't prepare properly. As wonderfully exciting and unexpected a lot of travel can be, you really do need to make sure that you're as prepared as possible for any, and everything that can happen, good and bad. 

There's an old saying that goes "failing to plan is planning to fail," and that's completely true. If you're going on any trip, then you're not going to want to go without making sure that you're as prepared as possible. 

With that in mind, here are a few things that you can do to make sure that you're prepared for any trip you take.

Stay healthy

Being Prepared Is The Key To A Great Travel Experience!
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One of the most common things that can ruin any trip is having to deal with illness or injury. Sometimes it can be bad enough to cut the entire thing short. There's nothing worse than spending months getting ready for a trip only to get ill on the first day and have to go home. 

Make sure that you pack a first aid kit that includes painkillers, bandages, plasters, bug spray and anything else that you think you might need. It's also important not to just pack things for during the trip itself. Make sure that you take any medication that you need to before you set out. 

Plenty of places require you to take malaria tablets before you go. Other than that then you just need to make sure that you're ready for the things that you might have to deal with once you're there. Is your stomach able to handle the food where you're going? If not then you probably want to see if you can find anywhere that has food that's a little bit easier to digest.

Know what you're going to do

Being Prepared Is The Key To A Great Travel Experience!
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Plenty of trips can really benefit from being sort of spontaneous. It can lend a sense of adventure and can make the whole thing wonderfully unexpected. Of course, it's less wonderful if you find yourself wandering around with no idea where you are or where you're going. 

Make sure that you have at least a few things planned out. That way you can get a good balance of being spontaneous and knowing exactly what you're doing. It's also a good idea to get a map of the area you're going to be in. Getting lost can be a lot of fun, to an extent. It starts to become less and less fun the longer you spend not knowing where you are. 

Since you can't guarantee your phone will always have signal, then it's a really good idea to invest in a map, a compass and some sort of plan of how to get from one place to another. It's also a good idea to find out if there are any things that need pre-booking. This won't always apply, but you don't want to trek for hours for an experience, only to find out that you should have booked and have to turn around again.

Know where you'll be sleeping

Being Prepared Is The Key To A Great Travel Experience!
*By Joe Mabel (Photo by Joe Mabel) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is important for a whole host of reasons, and yet far too many people seem to forget about it. The truth is that where you're going to be sleeping will affect much more than how comfortable you are in the night. Of course, that's important, and you should definitely bring a mat and sleep back with you if you might be sleeping rough, but it's not the only thing. 

For one thing, where you sleep will probably have a big impact on whether or not you have access to shower facilities. If you don't, and you didn't bother to check first, you could end up in a seriously stinky situation. If you find out you won't have facilities for getting clean, make sure you take plenty of wipes and dry shampoo. It's not perfect but it's definitely better than nothing.

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