I have been preparing for my NYSC these past few weeks and this has made me realize that there are a few essentials that I need for every trip I go on. This is a new chapter in my life as I would be in a totally new place with totally different people. Going on a trip one wouldn’t know what to expect and it will be reassuring to know that you’ve got all your bases covered. I hope this article points you in the right direction.
Let’s start with research
Carry out adequate research about your destination. This will get you prepared for all you might encounter.
Ensure you take enough cash
This cannot be overemphasized. Relying solely on ATMs to work at your destination is not such a good idea. If you are going to another country, consider converting your home currency to that of the country you’re visiting and if you are visiting a domestic location take enough cash to last you a day or two. This will prepare you for whatever uncertainties you might face. Also make sure you don’t put all your eggs in one basket literally. Spread out your cash into multiple units (bags), this makes it difficult for you to lose all your money in-case a bag is stolen or misplaced.
Have a plan of action
You also have to ensure that you have a plan of action when you get to your destination. Have an itinerary. This will save you from a lot of ‘brainstorming’ and time wasting. Have a list of places to visit or things to do (research will greatly aid you in this area) so you don’t wander aimlessly.
Look and feel comfortable
This is a tricky aspect of planning a trip as you might be forced to wear clothes you’re not comfortable in. Let me give you an illustration, whenever I travel I always wear shorts or really loose pants with a tank top or loose fitting t-shirt. I consider this to be super comfortable and casual but this might not be adequate for trips to cold areas. In situations like that, I will have to wear a sweater or outfits that retain heat. So make sure you wear appropriate clothing so you don’t catch a cold or feel hot.
I’ve always had a problem with over packing because I like having options. On one occasion I packed a big suitcase for a three-day trip and guess what, I went out just once which means I paid for luggage that I didn’t need. This brings me to my next point.
Pack just what you need
Don’t over pack. People generally always buy new clothes whenever they travel so when you over pack there’ll definitely be no space for what you buy. Count the number of days you plan to stay and pick an outfit for each day there. Keep it in mind that you could wear one trouser pant or skirt more than once and switch it up with a t-shirt, dress-shirt or sweat-shirt. You could also decide to pack an extra outfit or two if you love having options like me.
Get your grooming products handy
On most trips I go on I find it hard finding original products that I use for my skin and general grooming. This has made it important for me to always take extra products so I never run out of skin care products. If you’ve got a brand you are loyal to and can’t do without then I advise you to take enough products to last you all through your journey.
Yeah I mean food. The term food here could mean a number of things ranging from actual food to snacks and pastries. For me I take snacks because that’s all I can ingest when I travel. Take whatever is convenient for you so you stay hydrated and energized all through your journey. Having your own food will make it easy to avoid buying meals from vendors you don’t trust which can in turn save you from stomach upsets. I also always carry a bottle of water so I have it handy whenever I need it.
Book your ticket on time
Last but not the least book your ticket on time. There are few things that can be as frustrating as planning a trip and then finding out that tickets have been sold out. Buying your ticket on time will give you rest of mind and will give you room to pick your seat number. This will also put a timer on your preparations.
To quickly summarize all I’ve written. Make sure you plan adequately for your trip so you are prepared for whatever you might encounter. Take enough cash, have an itinerary, look and feel comfortable, pack just what you need, don’t forget your grooming products, stay nourished and hydrated and most importantly book your ticket on time.
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