Whether travelling interstate or travelling overseas, there's a lot to think about before you set off on your adventure. It was easy to dream up and book your perfect holiday but the actual travel process can be easy too when you're armed with the right information and organisation. To help you prepare for your trip, go through these travel tips and checklist to ensure everything is taken care of so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday.
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Different airlines enforce different rules for check in and carry-on baggage. Ensure you're aware of all the rules, limitations, weight and size restrictions that apply to your carry-on luggage and checked baggage for your carrier to avoid frustration, delays, additional fees or disappointment.
When travelling with TravelOnline, you'll receive your travel vouchers upon booking and payment. Ensure you have all these required documents with you and easily accessible while you're travelling, including photo identification and booking confirmations required for check-in.
Use our FREE printable Domestic Packing Guide to ensure you've packed everything you need including suitable clothing for the climate you are travelling to, toiletries, medication, electronics, your all-important carry-on with space to add your own essentials to the list.
Ensure you hold a current passport that is valid for a minimum of six months from your date of departure and will continue to be valid for the entire duration of your trip. It is also advised that you leave a copy of your passport and travel documents with a friend or family member at home and email yourself a copy as well. You should also register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before travel so that you may be contacted in case of emergency.
Find out all you need to know about entering foreign countries including which countries require a visa, what the entry requirements are of your chosen destination and how to go about obtaining the correct visas and documentation including the time limits for doing so.
Some holiday destinations are home to more exotic things than their cocktails and foreign travellers not used to these can be more susceptible to their side effects. It's important to check with your local GP regarding the health requirements for all the destinations included in your trip.
The Australian Government's Smart Traveller, travel advisory and consular assistance service advises all Australian travellers to take out travel insurance for overseas travel. QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited offers a range of travel insurance policies to suit your needs so you'll never be caught out.
Most major tourist areas overseas provide facilities for exchanging currency to the local tender however, if you intend to use your credit card or access your bank account whilst overseas you should notify your financial service provider to confirm the ways in which you can access your funds.
Ensure you have enough medication for the duration of your trip, especially if you are unsure of its availability overseas. It is recommended that you safely store all of your medications in your carry-on and obtain a letter from your treating physician stating your required medication and condition.
Depending on the carrier you're flying with, your departure city and the destination that you're flying to, different size and weight restrictions apply. Check that your carry-on luggage and checked baggage meet the limitations of your airline including any Dangerous Goods or items to declare.
Australia restricts the entry of certain goods into the country therefore it is important to check these restrictions and ensure you don't attract a fine. It's also worth becoming informed about Duty Free limitations in order to maximise your purchase amounts and avoid any penalties. More info at Customs and Border Protection
Bought one too many souvenirs on your travels? Additional baggage allowances can be purchased either at the time of booking your flight, prior to check-in or at the desk at the airport. Different fees and allowances apply so check with your airline to find out what options are available to you.
Use our FREE printable International Packing Guide to ensure you've packed everything you need including suitable clothing for the climate you are travelling to, toiletries, medication, electronics, your all-important carry-on with space to add your own essentials to the list.