How to prepare well for an overseas travel
To ensure that you have a pleasant and hustle-free journey when you travel overseas, it is imperative to prepare very well before the due date of travel.
Below is a selection of useful links and information that can help you plan your trip well.
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Ensure that your passport has at least six (6) months validity period beyond the period for your travel. Make photocopies of your passport and leave it with either a friend or a family member before you leave Malaysia. It is also a good idea to carry along other forms of personal identifications like Driving Licence or MyKad (IC).
Check to see if a visa is required for any of your destinations. If a visa is required, ensure that secure it days before the due travel date, either through a local travel agent or personally applying to the consular section of the country you are travelling to.
EXTRA PASSPORT-SIZED PHOTOGRAPHS
Carry additional copies of your passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
Check with the country of travel’s consular section or your local doctor on the health requirements necessary for entry into the country of travel. Some countries may require you to vaccinate against certain diseases before being allowed to enter the country. Make sure you acquire all the health documentation and approvals prior to departure.
Whether you are travelling by bus, plane, ship or train, you need to double-check the ticket details likes airport (whether KLIA or KLIA2) and transport depot that you are travelling through; date of departure/arrival; and times of departure/arrival. Always make sure you are always at least two (2) hours earlier; four (4) hours earlier if you are travelling with AirAsia before the departure time, to avoid missing your flight.
Irrespective of the type of accommodation you have secured for your travel, you have to take note of the following key details: Name and phone number of the hotel or individual you shall be staying with; and exact address for the location. You need to carry this information with you at all times through your journey because certain law enforcement authorities like immigration and police may require you to provide them sometimes.
CURRENCY, TRAVELLERS CHEQUES (with register), OR CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS
For convenience sake, make sure that you have enough foreign currency (either US Dollars or the exact currency of your travel destination). Again ensure you also have some Malaysian Ringgit (local currency) on you when you arrive and depart from your destination for any unforeseen contingencies.
Check your Credit/Debit Cards limits (including any daily limits) with your financial institution and verify where it can be used in your travel destination. Check with your bank for information on international ATM fees as well.
PHOTOCOPIES OF TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Do not forget to carry with you copies of your passport/Visa details, visas and credit card numbers, traveller’s cheques, and insurance policy. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home.
MALAYSIA EMBASSIES ADDRESS
Always take note of the nearest Malaysian Embassy around your travel destination. If possible try to memorize the phone number and address of the embassy location, so that you can contact them for any assistance.Malaysian embassies abroad
This depends on what you will be doing. The key to traveling light is to set out what you want to take and then halve it!
- Trousers, Dresses, Skirts, Shorts
- Socks / Hosiery
- Cold weather gear (jumper, coat, warm hat, gloves, scarf)
- Warm weather gear (swimsuit, shorts, sandals)
- Rain gear (jacket or umbrella)
- Comfortable walking shoes (must be worn in)
- Sun Hat
- Dress-up clothes
These items often won’t be available or at least not easily found, so it’s best to take what you think you will need.
- Antibiotic cream
- Antiseptic wipes
- Cold & Flu medicine
- Diaorrhea medicine
- Insect bite cream
- Prescriptions – (malaria pills, altitude sickness pills, antibiotics, pain killers)
- Regular medication, plus a letter from your doctor for anything unusual.
- Sterile bandages and safety pins / clips
- Sunburn relief / lip balm
- Upset stomach medication
- Waterproof tape
A lot of items can be purchased wherever you go so don’t take industrial-sized bottles unless you know it is not available or you can’t live without it
- Comb and/or hair brush
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss etc
- Soap, Shampoo & conditioner
- Skin-care lotion
- Razor & shaving cream
- Personal hygiene items
- Toilet Paper
- Bath / beach towel
- Insect repellent
- Nail clippers
- Luggage – suitcase, backpack, convertible bag
- Day pack
- Money belt
- Organiser bags (mesh or different colours)
- Camera & film
- Guide book & maps
- Phrase books
- Reading books
- Travel journal & pens
- Games / playing cards
- Small padlocks
- Luggage ID tags
- Watch – (preferably with alarm)
- Alarm Clock
- Sunglasses and case
- Mini sewing / repair kit
- Travel clothesline & pegs
- Sink plug – (multi size)
- Laundry bag
- Ziplock plastic bags
- Large plastic garbage bag – to use as rain protection for your main bag
- Swiss Army style pocket knife with scissors, corkscrew, screwdriver etc
- Electrical converter / adapter if you have AC appliances
- Electrical plug adapters
- Rubber door wedge (security for hotel rooms)
- Nylon cord
- Duct tape (multiple uses)
- Earplugs / eyeshades
- Lighter & candle
- Mosquito net
- Sleep sheet if you will be hostelling
- Sleeping bag if you will be in cold climates
- Camping gear – (tent, sleeping pad, stove, fuel, water filter etc)
BEFORE YOU GO
- Stop deliveries
- Arrange for care of pets, lawn, house plants, garden etc
- Arrange for home security if you’re worried
- Empty refrigerator and garbage
- Turn off hot water cylinder/gas
- Pre-pay bills (or ask close friend to collect mail and pay bills for you)
- Lock all doors and windows
- Triple check that you have Passport, Tickets, Money and properly packed luggage