Preparing for a trip is essential. Start with all the documents you have had to put together and photocopy. This will include:
This is a good time to check the expiry date of your passport. Some countries require your passport to be valid up to 6 months from your date of departure from that country.
Your prescription medications must be in the original container and the name must identically match your passport. You risk having them taken away from you otherwise.
Take an extra supply of medications in case you find yourself away longer than expected. It is also a good idea to note both generic and trade names on your photocopy. Vitamins are best transported in its sealed original container. Bringing home an opened container is not a problem
Some medications that are sold over the counter in Canada are illegal or require a prescription in other countries. Find out if your medication is legally available where you’re headed. If you use syringes take a good supply and a medical certificate indicating the syringes are for medical use.
Out of country health care can be expensive and your provincial health plan may not cover costs. It is your responsibility to determine if supplementary insurance is needed and to understand your policy terms.
In emergencies consular officials can provide a list of local doctors and hospitals as well as helping with medical evaluation should that become necessary. They might liaise with local police if you are the victim of a robbery or other violence. They will also assist in cases of missing persons or child abduction. Consular services do not include intervention if private legal matters, post bail or pay fines or get you out of prison. They also will not take possession of an abducted child or enforce custody agreements.
Emergency Contact Information
Outside Canada 613-996-8885 call collect
Inside Canada 1 800-267-6788
Or (Canada US only) 1800-394-3472
On line registration travel.gc.ca/emergencies
Your passport is the only universally accepted travel/identification document for Canadian citizens. Each person in your family must have one. Protect it, something as simple as a coffee stain may invalidate it in some countries.
There is a lot of choice out there in travel accessories, some useful some space takers.
Most of these items are self-explanatory but the door wedge used inside your room will make it impossible to open the door from the outside and the clothes peg works wonders keeping the curtains completely closed. I am recommending Go Tubes by name because as of this writing they are the only leak proof refillable bottles I have come across. Remember liquids should have a half-inch or so of space between the tops level and lid.
Adapter plugs enable you to use North American two pronged appliances in foreign wall outlets. Our adapter plug is known as RJ11. Most of the rest of the world operates with one of the five most common – North & some South America, Central America & the Caribbean flat parallel, India and parts of Africa fat round pins, Great Britain and parts of Asia three rectangular prongs, Europe and parts of Asia thin round pins or Australia and New Zealand flat angled prongs. Occasionally a North American plug will simply twist to accommodate the South Pacific.
If your appliance is not dual voltage or battery operated you will need a converter to convert the electricity from our 110 to 220. Your appliance plugs into the converter, the converter plugs into the adapter plug if necessary and then into the wall. Many converters have a European small round pin plug and not North American so if you are heading to Europe you will not need an adapter plug as well. Note that most converters will not accept a three pronged grounded plug.
TOP 10 TIPS FOR CARRY-ON TRAVEL
7-14 DAY CRUISE (warm weather)
= 25 casual & 5 dressier outfits
casual shirt or top, light jacket or sweater –wear this to get there
= 26 casual & 5 dressier outfits
1-3 WEEKS IN A RESORT – WARM WEATHER
= 30 outfits
1-4 WEEKS IN EUROPE
= 32 outfits
BUSINESS TRAVEL FOR MEN & WOMEN
=8 business outfits & 4 casual
COLD WEATHER TRAVEL
Look for thermal linings, zip out linings but above all layer. Multiple layers allow you cozy up down as needed. Leave the Michelin Man jacket at home.
Lucky are the children who could care less what they wear (for the most part). Plan for long days, spills and comfortable shoes. Allowing them to carry their own backpack will make them feel more involved and for the real young ones a favourite toy hopefully will bring comfort.
GENERAL CHECK LIST
GENERAL HEALTH ITEMS