03.06.2024

Checklist for the perfect trip

Certainly, spontaneity is cool. Picking any place on the map, booking last-minute hot tours, and so on—it's fun, unpredictable, and exciting. However, not everyone is an adventurer at heart, so they prefer to approach everything with a "cool head." It's probably the right approach, as the comfort and safety of the trip depend on how well it is planned and organized. So, if you like everything to be neatly arranged, then consider this checklist for proper travel planning.

№ 1. Plan the route and choose transportation

Do you want to visit one city? Travel to several locations in Ukraine? Or are you planning to visit another country? The answer to these questions determines your choice of transportation and the route itself. To travel to another country, you might need a visa. You can consult with relevant organizations or use specialized services.

You can also engage in discussions in thematic groups where travelers from all over the world can suggest the most convenient and safest routes. Regarding transportation, traveling around Ukraine by personal car is ideal.

Think about it; you can stop at any spot for a snack or a photo session, and you can change the route on the go, visiting different towns. A bus is also a good option, especially since there are many bus tours available with guided excursions. However, for traveling abroad, flying is more efficient and practical.

№ 2. Book your tickets in advance

The most practical and convenient way to travel around the world is by air. But why should you choose and buy tickets in advance?

  1. You avoid unpleasant "surprises" such as lack of available seats, changes in departure dates, high prices, etc.

  2. You save money. The best prices are usually offered several months before the departure.

  3. You get the chance to choose the seat that suits you best.

  4. You avoid emotional stress caused by unforeseen circumstances. Allow yourself to enjoy the trip without having to solve problems on the spot.

№ 3. Choose and book accommodation

In this case, you need to consider your financial capabilities, mobility, habits, and personal preferences. Fortunately, there are plenty of accommodation options available now.

  • Hotel: The most comfortable, convenient, and practical option. You can book in advance or upon arrival at your destination. Here, you will be provided with all the necessary conditions for a pleasant stay.

  • House rental: Great for a large group or a family with children. All living conditions are provided.

  • Apartment rental: The main advantage is that it's cheaper than a hotel. All necessary equipment and furniture are provided, except for maids.

  • Hostel: You will be provided with a bed-space (bed, bedside table). This option is good as it allows you to save significantly, includes a free breakfast, and has a shower. It's ideal for groups of young people or backpackers. You can find accommodation for your trip from home, using special programs.

№ 4: What to Bring on a Trip: The Essentials

For each of us, packing a suitcase becomes a real stress, right? However, it has to be done, and not just anyhow, but with all due responsibility, to take everything essential and nothing superfluous. Why carry extra weight? So, here's the traveler's list:

Money and documents in paper and electronic forms: passport, national ID card, bank cards, cash, tickets, hotel reservations, health insurance, driver's license, car insurance, and vehicle documents.

First aid kit: Personal medications, anti-inflammatory and fever-reducing drugs, treatments for poisoning and diarrhea, painkillers, antiseptic, bandages and plasters, throat lozenges, nasal spray, antihistamines.

Technology: Headphones, socket adapters, camera, navigator, laptop (if needed), charger, and phone.

Cosmetics and personal hygiene items up to 100 ml: Toothpaste and toothbrush, comb, razor, body and face cream, wet wipes, deodorant, shower gel and shampoo, manicure tools (nail file, clippers), sunscreen, hygiene products (for ladies), lip balm, etc.

Footwear and clothing: Outdoor and indoor slippers, light trousers, shirts and t-shirts, socks and underwear, a warm sweater, swimsuit, sunglasses, and headwear.

It is hard to give a definitive answer on how to plan a trip, as each journey has its specifics. For example, if you are heading to the mountains, your list will be different from what you'd take on a bus tour or a business trip. Essentially, these are general recommendations that everyone should adapt to their own needs, considering the weather conditions of the city/country you are visiting, the type of transport, the duration of your stay, etc.

№ 5: Planning Leisure Activities

If you're not a fan of just lounging on the beach, then definitely think about what else you will do on your holiday.

Reading a book: Interesting and beneficial. You can take a physical copy of a book you like, or download an electronic version.

Board games: Traveling with friends or family? Then games like "Mafia," "Monopoly," or magnetic chess are perfect. Why not lighten up a dull atmosphere?

Excursions: Be sure to visit interesting museums, landmarks, and historical sites. But don't leave your educational program for the last day.

Of course, when arriving in a new place, you want to see everything at once, but it's not advisable to do so. Firstly, you cannot be in several places at the same time. Secondly, running from one location to another, quickly viewing them, will wear you out. It's better to distribute your leisure time wisely, find places you want to visit on the internet, make a list, and stick to it. And, don't forget to double-check your suitcase before the trip.

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