When traveling you will be in new places and situations. This Guide is to help prepare and adapt as much as possible for those situations so you aren’t caught off guard when you are in the moment.
Welcome to the general Zen Travel Guide! These tips are based on my own travels.
- EAT BEFORE YOU GET TO THE AIRPORT!!! The food there is marked up a lot so make sure you eat before you go.
- International Power Outlet – 120 & 240 Volts for charging devices in most Major Countries
- Charger Cable x2 This is recommended almost anywhere.
- Unlocked Phone For International Sim Card (Under $200 for 4GB of RAM!)
- Flight Neck Pillow – It gets a bit uncomftorable, especially on long flights.
- Currency Converter
- Google Maps
- Maps.ME – offline no wifi or data needed version of google maps for traveling to Asia
- Google Translate – So you can translate basic things
- Download Offline Map of area
- Download Offline Language Translate pack of area
- Uber! – Uber is all over the world!
IN THE AIRPORT
Get there 2 Hours before the flight!!
- Flight tickets or Confirmation #
- Passport – Visa – Birth certificate
- KEEP YOUR STUFF TOGETHER
- Wear Flip Flops or slip on shoes. Makes the Shoe Removal Easier
TSA Rules (Easy if you know what they are looking for)
3-1-1 liquids rule:
3.4 ounces or less per container
1-quart size, clear, plastic, zip lock
bag (all liquids must fit in the bag)
1 bag per passenger
TIPS AND TRICKS
- Emotional Support Animal to have your pet go with you on certain airlines only though certain countries will not let you bring animals with you
- Don’t bring a check in luggage if you want to travel more efficiently!!
- Get a suitcase with 4 wheels on it or something that can support itself standing up. This helps a LOT
- Aim for less Flights and layovers if possible.
- Get extra room seats. Being in the back with all the slow people is no fun.
- Travel 7-11 days per area to prevent travel ✈🚅burnout 😞
- Shirts x5
- sweaters x3
- long sleeve shirts 2
- Underwear x7
- Pants x5
- Socks x12
- Swim suit x1
- Jacket x3
- Belt x3 (1 formal and 2 for style)
- Holster/Wallet x1
- Walking Shoes x1
- Flip Flops x1
- Glasses x2 (indoor & Outdoor)
- Tooth Brush
- Ear Phones
- Water Bottle
- Laptop (If you plan to use it)
- Tablet with Ebooks on it.
- Student ID – For those Discounts
- Government ID – So people know who and where you are form
- Credit Cards – so you can buy stuff and less chance to misplace it. Less it more
- Cash – for tipping and arcades
- Travel Insurance – Just in case
- Emergency Contacts – Written for emergencies
- Copies of Documents – in case you lose stuff
- Embassy Contacts and Addresses – written. In case you need to get a passport
ON ARRIVAL TASK LIST
- Local Sim Card and Phone Plan – So you can call and contact family and friends
- Get a map. Either paper or downloaded via apps
HOME CHECK LIST
- Arrange for care of pets, lawn, and plants
- Have the post office hold your mail
- Leave the house key and trip itinerary with a trusted friend
- Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
- Lock all doors and windows
- Make sure you empty the refrigerator of things that will expire
- Pre-pay your bills
- Reconfirm/check-in online with the airline before you Uber, train, or shuttle to the airport
- Set up timed light system
- Set up an email autoresponder (unless you plan to be connected)
- Store valuables in a safe place
- Turn off the heater/air conditioner
- Turn down the water heater
- Turn off the washing machine taps
- Unplug appliances
On the Trip
- Bring a gaming mouse
- Wireless/wired headphones -so you can listen to music in comfort
- Streaming Camera. Insta 360
- Have a way home and a place to stay pre-planned at the least
- Stretch in the morning
- Get good sleep!