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Questions to ask well before your date of departure:
# Are all my identity papers in date and valid?
# Do I have a European Health Insurance Card and/or travel health insurance?
# Do I need any vaccinations?
# Do I need travel funds (local currency, traveller's cheques etc.)?
# Whom do I need to inform in case of an emergency? Who should have my spare keys or phone number?
# Who will look after my pets? Who will water my plants? Who will empty my letterbox?
Things to consider when packing:
# Do I have all the relevant papers (ID card or passport, visa if required, driving licence, tickets, international student card, international youth hostelling card, insurance papers etc.)?
# What medicines should I take? What type of sunscreen?
# Do I need an adaptor plug?
# Do I need glasses or contact lenses?
# What's the climate like? What kind of clothing do I need to take?
# Do I need a travel guide and/or a dictionary?
# What electronic equipment do I want to take? Camera, mp3 player, mobile/cell phone...?
# How long is the journey? How much food and drink do I need to take?
Last check before departure:
# Have I definitely packed ticket(s), passport/ID card, money, driving licence etc.?
# Have I printed out all important travel documents and have I stored them somewhere on the Internet?
# Have I checked my mobile/cell phone settings for roaming?
# Have I emptied refrigerator and dustbin?
# Have I switched off (and disconnected where possible) all electrical appliances?
# Are all the doors and windows shut/locked?