WHAT TO BRING
Suggestions on what to bring alongPacking
When travelling as a couple, pack each suitcase with day and evening clothing for each person, so that in the unlikely event one of your suitcases is mislaid on your flight, you’ll still be able to manage. Ensure that your personal and holiday details are written on a label inside each suitcase (including name, address, telephone number, departure and return flight details). Write only your name and destination address on outside labels. Make sure that your luggage is in good secure condition, and when carrying fragile items, use a rigid style suitcase for protection.
Check-in only your own suitcases.
Do not carry items packed by other people. Never accept packages or articles from anyone unknown to you to carry on board the aircraft.
There are strict airport security regulations on items that may be carried on board aircraft such as liquids/gels and metal objects.
Please consult your airline or travel agent regarding these and other restricted items and how they must be displayed at airport security checkpoints.
We suggest you pack only essential items for daytime use in your hand-baggage, both for your flight and while on the coach. For example, your camera, medicines, anything that you use frequently or is particularly valuable.
Expensive jewellery, clothing, etc. should be left at home for your peace of mind.
Clothing & Footwear
For information on suitable clothing and footwear, please refer to the listings under each country. However, a general tip would be to make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes as a number of cities in Europe are developing as havens for pedestrians.
What you should bring
This will depend upon your personal preferences, where you are travelling to and the time of year you are travelling. We generally recommend casual, lightweight, drip-dry clothing that requires little or no ironing. Laundry facilities are available at most of the places we stay, however, take sufficient clothing to last for about a week.
Below is a list of items to consider packing for your AB4D holiday:
|Shorts/skirts Jeans/trousers||Warm jacket||Pullover/cardigan|
|Good walking shoes|
|Spare batteries/charger||Camera & film/memory cards|
|Medications & Power plug adapters/converter||prescriptions|
|Toiletries||Collapsible umbrella||Insect repellent|
|Sunscreen||Travel sewing kit||Pocket calculator|
|Plastic bags||Travel alarm clock||Water bottle|
|Sunglasses (screw top lid)||washing powder|
|Sachets of Money belt or holster|
|Passport (& Visas)||Travel insurance policy||Traveller’s Cheques/Cash|
|Credit cards||Airline tickets||Ensure you scan or photocopy your flight details for each leg of your trip
Leave a copy with friends or family back home so they know where you are likely to be.
See individual country information for any specific health requirements or recommendations. If you are on a regular course of medication or there are medicines that particularly suit you, we recommend that you bring an adequate supply for your entire trip. Identical brands may not be available elsewhere, but also bring a copy of your prescription. For easy access when travelling, please keep all your medication in your hand luggage, not in your suitcases. Carry prescription drugs in their original package to avoid customs questions. We respectfully suggest older passengers and those suffering from any existing medical conditions should have a thorough check-up with their doctor prior to departure. If you wear eyeglasses, you may wish to bring an extra pair or set of contact lenses in your carry-on luggage. If you have any existing medical conditions, dietary requirements or disability that should be brought to our attention, it is essential that you inform us. Medical attention can be very expensive outside your own country, so be sure to take out adequate insurance.
Travel insurance is an absolute must.
YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN A AB4D TRIP WITHOUT IT !.
Please contact your doctor or healthcare provider before travelling to determine which vaccinations are recommended.
Make Friends Before You Go
When you travel with AB4D you will have the opportunity to meet new and interesting people from around the world. You can meet up with your fellow travelling companions by visiting AB4D’s Online Community. Read posts from fellow travellers in our Online Forum and register for My Community, your private travel group portal. Visit www.AB4D.com/community and click on the links at the bottom of the page. Budgeting AB4D itineraries include many features that will save you money on your trip – if you study your itinerary you will see how many highlight visits and other sightseeing is included, as well as meals and entertainment. For personal items such as souvenirs, gifts, taxi fares, laundry and gratuities, we suggest you allow €5-€7 per day in Europe and £8-£10 per day in the UK. In addition, we recommend you budget for the following extra expenses per person:
Lunches are usually not included and individual requirements vary, but we suggest you allow €10/£9 per day.
Where evening meals are not included, the cost will depend on the type and locations of restaurants used. As a guide, allow €25-€30/£22-£30 per day.
You should budget for drinks with meals and refreshment stops during the day.
Nonalcoholic drinks cost approximately €2-€3/£1.50-£2.50 each.
For India, food is cheap, and available almost anywhere. allow around $5 per meal. Every meal is spicy in some form. Some are extremely hot while some are not. Servings are more than adequate. Thailand. Again, food is everywhere, its cheap and very good. You would be ordering from a menu with pictures. You don't really have to know what is in it unless you have food alergies or don't eat certain foods.
I have yet to have a meal in Thailand that didn't exceed my expectations.
Experience has shown us that most guests participate in these excursions and you should therefore budget for them in advance. Optional excursions are operated by third party suppliers, but have been approved and endorsed by AB4D. These may be purchased direct from your Travel Director who will accept payment in cash in most major currencies, such as US Dollars or Australian Dollars. We cannot accept credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).
We are travel companions, not a bank.
Full details and prices are shown in your itinerary leaflet or on the guided holiday itinerary pages on our website.
Since 2002, the Euro has been the currency throughout much of Europe. Please see the individual listings under each country for the applicable currency. We strongly recommend that you buy a small amount of each currency, particularly Euros, before arriving on the continent, since there may be no opportunity to exchange money as you enter a country. This enables you to make your initial purchases until you manage to get to a bank. It is also possible at some banks and ATMs to draw cash on presentation of your credit card, though this may incur fees/interest payments – check with your bank before departure. It is a good idea to deposit sufficient funds into your accounts prior to departure and then use your Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access them. Check with your bankcard company regarding possible ATM availability. Even if you are planning to use your credit card, you may also bring Traveller’s Checks but please note that they are increasingly difficult to change and often incur fees. In Britain, you must have £ Sterling currency. Euros are accepted in Banks and Bureau de Change, but not in shops, restaurants, bars, etc.
In Scotland you may receive Scottish sterling notes in your change; these are accepted in England and Wales.
Thailand: Thai Bhart is the local currency. Take some cash with you and exchange it at the airport for local currency. India. Local Currenty is the Rhupee. Again change some cash at the arrival airport. There is always a money changer somewhere. Most international hotels will also change your cash for local currency.
If you have a credit card, we strongly recommend that you bring it with you, since this gives you extra financial flexibility while travelling. The major international credit cards, especially Visa or MasterCard, are accepted by many restaurants, shops and hotels. The bill you sign will be made out in much the same way as at home, except that the total will be in the local currency.
This will be converted into your home currency by the credit card company and invoiced in the usual way.
Here are some further tips on using credit cards while travelling.
• Check the expiry date of your credit card and the amount of credit available to you (do not forget any credit card purchases made just before you leave).
• Call your credit card company to advise them you will be travelling, as some companies will block the credit card when they notice unusual charge activity.
• Ensure you memorise your Personal Identification Number (PIN); do not write it down.
• Ensure that your credit card is kept in view at all times when paying for goods and services.
• Ensure that the total amount of your purchase is entered on the sales voucher in the correct currency before you sign it.
• Retain all copies of sales vouchers until you have verified them against your statements.
• Insist that all ‘spoiled’ sales vouchers be destroyed in your presence or given to you to destroy yourself.
• Make sure your credit card is carried on your person.
• Never leave your credit card unattended in your hotel room, a vehicle or any other place.
• Treat your credit card as you would cash.
• Report immediately the loss or theft of your credit card to the Bank/Financial Institute which issued it.