- Safety first
Some types of accommodation allow you to purchase cancellation insurance. Others have medical services, assistance and protection against any problems that may arise on your trip. You can also check the travel insurance available on the market or even the insurance that you already have, you may have a policy that covers some of the problems that may occur when you travel.
However, the most important thing is to know what risks may exist and prepare for them. In all likelihood, nothing will happen, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
It is highly recommended you make a small travel medical kit; it won't take up much space and will give added security. The contents will vary depending on the trip, but the most common thing is to have a minimum of gauze, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic cream, plasters, scissors, sticking plaster, diarrhoea medicine, painkillers and some ointment for allergic reactions.
You may not have to use it, but if anything happens, you can always break out the kit, if it is not serious.
You can also make a note of the pharmacies and medical centres near your destination, in case you need something urgent.
- Documents, in duplicate and always in order
It is extremely important that before travelling you are clear about what documentation you need and that you always keep it in a safe place (and not all together).
For example, if you normally carry your identity card and driving licence in the same wallet, split them up or leave the driving licence in your suitcase when you are not going to use the car.
That way, if you accidentally lose your wallet or backpack, at least you will have another way to identify yourself until you solve the problem. It is recommended that you photocopy the most important documents in case they are stolen or lost. Also, take printed copies of your reservations, with information on schedules and addresses.
Finally, if you travel to a country or region with any need for special documentation (vaccination letter, passport, holiday permit or visa), do not forget to apply well in advance and take everything with you in a safe and accessible place (and separate from the photocopies).