Experience, as they say, is the best teacher. However, getting lost and unprepared on a trip to a foreign place may well be the stuff of nightmares for some. Whether you’re a novice or an expert traveler, it never hurts gleaning wisdom from sage advice about traveling. That is the reason why I came up with five essential must-dos before you go on that well-deserved holiday.

  1. Keep your digits close.

Keeping tabs on your personal and financial numbers is one of the best things you can do prior to going on a trip. Your bank account numbers, debit and credit card PINs, hotel phone numbers and even your passport number is one of the most frequent information you will need easy access to as you go along your long-awaited sojourn. Saving them in an application on your phone that encrypts them or saving it on the cloud is one of the ways you may have it ready at your behest.

  1. Learn to pack like a soldier.

If you can pack light, do so and make sure to roll your clothes like a soldier. There are myriads of tutorials online that will show you how to do it in a jiffy. This lets you pack your clothes in a more compact manner and take advantage of every space in your luggage.

If crumpled clothes are not your thing, you can always bring a portable ironing machine or ask one from the hotel (they are usually free of charge).

Additionally, using dividers or putting the same stuff together in a pack in your luggage will help you easily find stuff.

  1. Snap a pic of your parked car.

I am not talking about taking a pic of your car so you can show people how l good you are at parallel parking or simply bragging about owning the latest edition sedan wherever you’re going. I am saying take a snap of where you specifically parked your car. That way, you won’t always have to wrack your brains where you left it once you’re back from your trip.

  1. Collect addresses and contacts of places that you’re going to.

This is a basic safety drill for any traveler. Knowing where you’re going is already halfway from being able to do what you need to on your trip. Listing down pertinent information of places you’re going to (hotels, offices, attractions, etc.) should never be should-have but a must-do.

Moreover, thanks to the gods of invention, now we can easily navigate to places on our own with just a tap on our phone screen. Not only will this afford you convenience and independence but it is also a good safety precaution.

  1. Get vaccinated.

If ever your trip entails sauntering into exotic and foreign lands, make sure to check with your physician. They should be able to advise you with important medical precautions you may need to arm yourself before wading into the unknown waters of new places.