Before You Go - Preparation and Packing
Disclaimer: All the advice here is very general and reflects entirely my own experiences and how I like to travel - everyone's trip is different and obviously a lot depends on where you're going and for how long.
What's here is just a starting point to get you thinking about what applies to your trip. I’m sure those of you planning a last minute city break to Paris won’t be needing jabs and malaria tablets (...OR WILL YOU?). It's always a good idea to consult many sources of information, and not just one hastily-put-together website you accidentally found when looking for quick-results sunburn solutions.
I should warn you in advance that I am incredibly paranoid and anxious when it comes to being COMPLETELY PREPARED FOR EVERY EVENTUALITY WHILST TRAVELLING. I once spent a stupid amount of money, very last minute before a trip to Honduras, on a contraption to pump out venom from snake bites. It wasn't until I was in the country that I found out I had no idea how to use it. And still don't. Apologies to those more relaxed travellers out there who take no more than their passport, the clothes they're wearing and a bad hat. I salute you.
Here's how I try to prepare myself for a trip:
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Feel free to download and edit the Preparation and Packing checklists below:
After Arrival - Health and Safety
My most hated things about travelling; mosquito bites and sunburn. Wherever I go, they follow me around like the plague. Which is probably another travel-related health issue I'm going to have to deal with at some point. Top advice here will include 'how to only gently push your mother on a sledge into a wall of snow', and questions will be asked about how wise it is to get into a tiger enclosure whilst a staff member is trying, on purpose, to irritate any and all tigers in sight.
Here are a few ideas for keeping safe and healthy on any trip: