Whether you’re going to the Bali for the weekend or backpacking through Europe for a month, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the little things that need to be done before a trip. To help ease your pre-travel stress and last minute rush, we’ve put together a handy checklist to ensure your plans go off without a hitch.
1) Watch out for the latest travel alerts
Reasons for issuing an alert may include strikes or demonstrations, extreme weather, natural disaster, risk of terrorist attack, to name a few. Singaporeans can check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) website whereas non-Singaporeans can check with their respective embassy or consulate. By getting latest safety information for your destination country and registering your trip, you can make informed decisions and enable your embassy to contact you in an emergency.
2) Check if you need a travel adapter or converter
In case the voltage and plug type differs from what's commonly used in Singapore, you will need an adaptor, converter or potentially both. To make it easier to figure out what you need, we’ve compiled a list of the most common travel adapters used in each country along with handy illustrations (Refer to our travel adapter widget →).
3) Check your airline policy on compensation
Most airlines have a procedure for passengers to claim compensation in the event of a flight cancellation or delay, baggage loss, etc. General guidelines are available here but specific details can be found in the specific airline policy (conditions of carriage) or on your ticket (terms and conditions).
4) Check options for a phone plan
Check if it's cheaper to get a local SIM card at your travel destination, buy ChangiWIFI to stay connected throughout your trip or simply connect to Wi-Fi where available on location. Singapore’s main telcos, Singtel, M1 and Starhub, also all offer a wide range of international data roaming options, which comes in particularly handy if you’re a frequent traveller.
5) Manage your money (cash / credit card)
Take measures to ensure you don’t unwittingly overspend. Beware of dynamic currency conversion when making purchases overseas. Always choose to pay in the local currency over your home currency. And avoid treating a credit card like your ATM card because withdrawing cash this way can require you to pay a cash advance fee or interest.
6) Ensure all your important information is backed up
Keep both physical and digital copies of your important information (passport, visa, travel insurance, driver’s license, health information, credit cards, airline tickets, hotel confirmations, etc.) in case you lose your phone, laptop or belongings, or face an emergency. Keep physical photocopies with you as well as with an emergency contact back home. Email documents to your own email account, save them in a memory stick or store them on an online cloud.
7) Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag
Don’t waste time scrambling for the nearest mall because the airline lost or delayed your luggage and you have nothing else to wear. Refer to this useful guide on what you can and cannot carry in your hand-carry baggage, checked baggage and on you.
8) Download MyAXA app to stay protected on-the-go
With MyAXA at your fingertips, you can view policy information, easily reach out to your agent or AXA customer care, have emergency contacts on hand and request assistance, should you face any challenges while away from home.