Planning Checklist
 
Planning Checklist
Checklist Items Yes/ Done (Tick) Notes
A. Itinerary    
  • Cover all or most places
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  • Logistics - efficient and optimal in time and costs
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  • Timing
    1. Events, activities and visiting hours appropriate
    2. Avoid peak period and hours
    3. Avoid bad weather
    4. Get best views (/photographs)
    5. Avoid arriving at late hours if alone
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  • Book accommodation
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  • Book travel tickets
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  • For package tours – check location of accommodation
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  • Other relevant matters




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    B. Essential information on destination country    
  • Visa(s)/Other entry permits requirements
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  • Local socio-economic and infrastructure conditions
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  • General level of security/safety standards
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  • Health facilities and regulations on medicines
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  • Hazards - existing, potential and suspected
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  • Weather conditions (latest forecast)
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  • Best and ‘bad’ time to visit, pros and cons
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  • Airport location, terminals and regulations
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  • Local and alternative currencies
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  • IDD codes, mobile phone and internet access
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  • Local culture, customs and traditions
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  • Local languages
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  • Tipping for services
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  • Electrical power - voltage and adaptors
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  • Other relevant matters




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    C. Financial Planning    
  • Suitable combination - cash, traveller cheques, credit cards etc.
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  • Get ‘best’ exchange rate - ‘right’ time and buy from most competitive and reliable moneychanger/bank
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  • Budget to include cost of insurance, entry permits, airport and departure taxes and contingency
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  • Other relevant matters




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    D. Insurance    
  • Coverage - losses of valuables (and baggage), cost of flight delays, medical and hospitalisation
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  • Additional coverage
    1. Adventurous activities
    2. Special health condition (if available)
    3. Medical evacuation cost
    4. Evacuation cost in disaster/hazardous areas
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  • Read small prints of all insurance documents
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  • Other relevant matters




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    E. Health    
  • If with medical condition, visit doctor
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  • In case of epidemic - seek medical advice and vaccination at least 2 months before travel
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  • Do not carry medication (/drugs) considered illegal
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  • Bring sufficient medication and hygiene items
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  • Medical kit appropriate and sufficiently stocked
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  • Latest news on epidemic (including potential dangers)
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  • Other relevant matters




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    F. Safety    
  • Split money for day’s use and rest conceal away
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  • Best method/location for concealed portion of money
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  • Avoid open display of wealth
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  • Luggage tags
    1. Avoid writing business title with home address
    2. Choose tags with flaps, address not easily seen
    3. Label also in interior of bags
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  • All bags securely locked, carry extras
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  • Keys in safe and concealed place with you
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  • Security gadgets (not considered illegal)
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  • Copy of itinerary with someone at home
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  • Activate your mobile phone global roaming function
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  • Other relevant matters




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    G. Important addresses and numbers    
  • List to include
    1. Home country embassy or consulate, if any
    2. Credit card service centres
    3. Banks (if relevant)
    4. Travel agent representative
    5. Airline if travelling independently
    6. Insurance agent/representative
    7. Recommended doctor(s) by insurer, if any
    8. Police station if travelling alone or backpacking
    9. Hospitals and ambulances if necessary
    10. Places where internet access is available
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  • Keep records dry (wrap in plastic) and carry with you
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  • Keep e-mail account if alone or backpacking
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  • Other relevant matters




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    F. Important documents    
  • Valid passport - at least 6 months to expiry.
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  • Apply 6 months in advance
    1. Visa(s) / other entry permits
    2. Other supporting entry requirements
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  • Check latest changes to entry regulations
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  • Make at 2 photocopies of the following
    1. Passport
    2. Visa / entry permit(s)
    3. Other supporting entry requirements
    4. Air ticket if travel independently
    5. Insurance policy and card
    6. Medical certificate/letter, if applicable
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  • Copies ‘distribution’
    1. Original with you
    2. Photocopy 1 in another location (bag)
    3. Photocopy 2 with someone at home
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  • Other relevant matters




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    G. Packing    
  • Check-in luggage
    1. Appropriate and sufficient clothing
    2. Suitable and comfortable walking shoes
    3. Suitable clothing accessories
    4. Toiletries and other hygiene items
    5. Medical kit, extra items if there is an epidemic
    6. Safety gadgets/equipments including sharp objects
    7. Collapsible bags as spare and for contingency
    8. Check final weight within airline limit
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  • Carry-on luggage
    1. Bag size/shape meet requirement of airline
    2. Photocopy of important documents
    3. Set of clothing and shoes for emergency
    4. Basic toiletries for emergency
    5. Jacket and scarf for cold weather
    6. Umbrella/raincoat for wet weather
    7. Electrical accessories
    8. Check final weight within airline limit
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  • Carry with you at all times
    1. Important medication
    2. Money and valuables
    3. Original Passport/visa/entry permits/others
    4. Original insurance policy and card
    5. Medical certification/letter, if applicable
    6. Mobile phone
    7. Cameras, memory card and batteries
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  • Other relevant matters




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