Travel Checklist for a Stress-Free Trip

Travelling can be stressful. Use our free travel checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your next adventure!

Not sure what to take? Here's a few ideas from our team:

Insect repellent: For camping or visiting countries with a high mosquito prevalence (eg, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand), we recommend a tropical strength, deet-based repellent product such as Bushman or Repel Tropical. Parakito anti-mosquito bands are a great option for children, babies and pregnant women to provide protection without putting chemicals onto sensitive skin.

First Aid: While taking a full first aid kit might be overkill for a weekend in a five-star resort, it's always a good idea to have a few plasters on hand just in case. Compeed Blister Plasters are ideal to protect blisters on the feet if you plan to do a lot of walking.

Travel-size Toiletries: Any liquids you wish to take on board your flight must be in bottles smaller than 100ml. This includes items such as toothpaste and hair gel. You can still take regular size bottles, but these have to be in your main luggage. Think about anything you might need to use during your flight (or at the airport), such as contact lens solution, deodorant, moisturiser. You can either buy travel size products, or buy a set of empty airline-approved containers to fill with what you use at home.

Power Adapters: If you're taking any New Zealand mains-powered gadgets with you (such as electric toothbrush, phone charger, laptop), you may need power adapters for the country you are visiting in order to use them while you're overseas. We sell Korjo single and double adapters for a variety of global destinations.

Flight Socks: Compression socks are advised for any flight longer than 4 hours in duration, especially if you have any identified risk factors for deep vein thrombosis. They are designed to improve circulation and reduce swelling in the feet and ankles. We recommend Scholl Flight Socks* for men and women.

Travel Cushions: Neck pillows and cushions can make sleeping on a plane much more comfortable as they help to support your back and neck while in a semi-upright position. Choose from either memory foam or micro-bean pillows.

Prevent Jet Lag & Travel Sickness: 1 Above Flight Drink and No Jet Lag tablets are great ways to reduce the impact of travelling between timezones. If you're worried about travel sickness, Sealegs* tablets, Blackmores Travel Calm Ginger and Seabands can help to settle the stomach.

Stomach Upsets: While we don't like to think about it, there's always the chance of getting diarrhea when you travel abroad, especially if you're going to high-risk areas or eating foods that your stomach isn't used to. Probiotics*, such as Ethical Nutrients Travel Bug, can help to prevent digestive upsets, while electrolyte formulas such as Hydralyte and good to have on hand just in case to combat dehydration.

Colds & Flu: It's not uncommon to come down with a cold while traveling, as you may be under stress, breathing recirculated air (such as on a plane) and exposed to bugs that your immune system hasn't encountered before. We recommend taking a natural immune booster such as Good Health Viralex or Thompson's Viraforte* to help combat viral infections.

Sun Protection: Make sure you have adequate sun protection for all the family on your holidays - a good sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Daylong is an excellent SPF 50+ sunscreen for long-lasting protection.

*Always check with your doctor before using any supplements or medicines if you are taking prescription medication, have any medical conditions, or are pregnant/breastfeeding.

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