What Not to Do When Planning Your Next Trip

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No one likes to be told what to do. So we decided to tell you what not to do!  

HyperGypsy and Archives of Adventure got together to write a series of articles for travelers on the theme – “What Not To Do When..” 

  • Planning Your Next Trip
  • On Your Next Trip
  • You Return from Your Next Trip

Here’s the first one from the series


What Not to Do When Planning Your Next Trip

1. Don’t Carry More than one bag

Trust me, you can do without the coffee machine packed in your suitcase. And those fancy clothes you’ve been wanting to wear for a long time, let them stay in the closet for a while. There will be numerous occasions where you’ll have to the drag the bags across the streets; when looking for a coffee shop or when dropped off by a taxi in the middle of nowhere. Also remember, the trick to packing light is not just packing less but packing well!



For trips longer than a week, pack seven sets of clothes and use a local laundry place. Avoid packing jewelry, heavy ornaments and things you can buy from a local grocery store, like toothbrushes, shampoos, and deodorants. Follow the link for more Travel Packing Tips.


2. Don’t Forget Vaccinations

When traveling, you can be as adventurous as you want to be, but not with your health, right? Let me correct you, it’s not just the developing countries where you need to be immunized before entering. All countries have a set of required, recommended and routine vaccinations prescribed for the residents as well as visitors. You must consult with your personal doctor about these vaccinations atleast 4-6 months prior to your visit to the destination country. It’s a good practice to carry the routine vaccination records with you while traveling.

3. Don’t Forget Checking on Travel Warnings 

On 25th June, 2015,  I landed at the International Houston Airport,  after 11 hours long flight from Paris. We were informed by the airport authorities that Texas has been heavily flooding over the past two days. before booking my return flights, I never even bothered to check the weather conditions back home at Austin. With the road trips, it gets even more critical, for obvious reasons, to check for warnings and alerts at the destination you are headed towards. My  favourite website for checking weather alerts is Weather.com, which allows you to check weather conditions up to 14 days in advance! Here’s a snap shot: 


Source: www.weather.com

4. Don’t write off Travel Insurance

Generally, it’s good to be optimistic in life, but there are times when you have to focus on the things that can go wrong and plan accordingly. Remember the Murphys’s law, “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong!” This especially holds true when traveling. Your stay might get extended, you may miss the flight or you may need to be hospitalized in emergency situation. It’s always  better to be safe than sorry and thus, spending a few extra dollars on Travel Insurance is worth it.

5. Don’t Dress Like a Tourist

Clothing is a personal choice and it should always be. But you can avoid all the unwanted attention at a foregin destination by not dressing up like a tourist. All you have to do is get rid of the baggy shirts, torn jeans and all sorts of caps, shoes and scarfs with your national flag printed on them. Also, you don’t want to waste you travel time on fighting the sparks that you ignite by sporting swear words on your t-shirt, do you? You must refrain from wearing clothes sporting curse words, hurting religious sentiments, flashing national flags or mocking political leaders. 

Sonia Gil has some really good tips on How to Not Look Like a Tourist While Traveling:


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25 Replies to “What Not to Do When Planning Your Next Trip”

  1. Awesome tips! It’s important to get vaccinated before any trip outside of the country. Getting a check-up would help too. Insurance is something that is situational, I think. Depending on where you’re going and what you’re going to do there.

  2. You’re right, insurance is situational but there are some really affordable solutions out there, so it’s a good practice to be insured if your native insurance is not covering you while you’re traveling!

  3. Sure got some solid tips here. The last thing you’d want to happen is arrive at a destination without the proper preparations or knowledge about the place. It’s a scary thought to entertain. Thanks for sharing. I’ll keep these in mind. Keep it up!

  4. I agree with some of these except the one bag rule. Throughout the years, I have been a light traveler, but sometimes, depending on how long my trip is, a daypack/purse is required other than my usual backpack or luggage..whichever one I preferred at that time 🙂 It just makes it easier to have easier access to my necessities such as passports, wallet, phone, etc.

  5. Thanks for these tips! Packing light is really important. Once I packed over 5 outfits for a weekend trip haha… But I’ve learned to pack lighter now!

  6. Erica, you bring out a good point about carrying all your necessities. I think for longer trips, a wallet is okay in addition to maybe laptop bag and a backpack!

  7. I already fail at #1! Before going on my Sydney trip this month, I had already planned on bringing on big suitcase with as little stuff in it as possible to make room for my shopping items. Going home, I now have 3 check-in bags in total. Goodness! But my trip definitely does not fall under “easy trips” since I did a lot of shopping and not a lot of sight seeing.

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