When it comes to travelling, it’s important to have fun but even more important to stay safe! And you’ll find everything you need right here…

Travelling is a wonderful experience, one which more and more young people are choosing to undertake. In fact, between 200,000 and 250,000 people aged 16-25 take a gap year, with many using it to travel and see the world outside the UK.

But there are a lot of things to do to make sure your trip is not only fun, but safe as well. Looking after your health and wellbeing is even more important when you’re abroad.

At Express Travel Clinic, we’re concerned about keeping you safe on your travels, and that’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive list of everything you need to pack and do before you jet off into the big wide world.

How are you getting there?

Whether you’re driving or flying, there’s lots to consider before you begin your travels.

If driving, make sure…

  • You’ve changed your oil
  • Your car maintenance is up to date
  • You’ve confirmed your address
  • You have up to date insurance
  • You’ve got directions
  • You’ve confirmed your check in at the other end
  • You have a full tank of petrol
  • You have plenty of snacks and drinks for the road!

If flying, make sure…

  • You’ve booked your flights
  • You’ve booked accommodation
  • You know your check-in times
  • You’ve confirmed your flight times
  • You’ve booked transport and pick-up at the other end
  • You know when you need to be at the airport
  • You’ve followed airline limits when it comes to luggage size and weight
  • You’ve checked in your baggage
  • You’ve checked in, whether at the airport or online beforehand

What should you do in the days leading up to your trip?

A week before, make sure…

  • You’ve changed your currency
  • You know what you’re going to wear/bring
  • You’ve done your shopping – food, clothes, toiletries, storage
  • Your clothes are washed and dried

One or two days before, make sure…

  • You’ve checked weather forecasts
  • You’ve done a practice pack
  • You’ve checked for prohibited items like razors or liquids
  • You’ve preferably checked-in online
  • You’ve printed your boarding pass
  • You’ve given contact details and an address to a loved one

On the day of travel, make sure…

  • You’ve packed any last items – toiletries, food, books etc.
  • You’ve packed flying necessities such as a boarding pass and passport
  • You give yourself extra travel time in case of traffic

What should you pack?


  • Trousers, shorts, dresses or skirts
  • Shirts
  • A jacket (just one – even if you’re going somewhere hot!)
  • Underwear and socks
  • Pyjamas
  • A few pairs of shoes, but not too many!
  • Swimwear
  • Accessories – hat, sunglasses, jewellery etc.
  • A plastic bag for dirty clothes


  • Floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Skincare and moisturiser
  • Sun protection creams in a variety of factors
  • Deodorant and fragrance
  • Razors
  • Hair products, whether it be a brush, gel or hairspray
  • Make-up
  • Vitamins or medication


  • Wallet or purse, including I.D.
  • Mobile phone (plus charger!)
  • Camera
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • A print out of all your booking confirmations
  • Pen and paper
  • Emergency contact details
  • Money in the necessary currency

What about your health?

Your health is the most important thing you should be thinking about wherever you roam, and Express Travel Clinic can help treat and prevent any number of afflictions associated with travelling abroad – including rabies, typhoid, malaria and cholera.

Make looking after your health the FIRST thing on your checklist before you travel. There are lots of treatments available at Express Travel Clinic, so don’t take any chances; take every precaution and get in touch today.