• Overseas travel

    One of the most important sites to visit when planning a trip overseas is:

    Smart Traveller  it gives great up to date travel advice for countries and events.  The site has the Traveller register, visa requirements and insurance info. Travel tips on staying safe and healthy like what to do when things go wrong, young traveler advice and heaps more.

    Here are a some more good links

    Trip advisor

    Lonely Planet

    Search the web for more travel info sites.

  • Passports

    This is your gateway to the world and a very valuable form of Identification. Passports, Birth certificates and citizen certificates hold the highest value in identification documents.

    To get one you need to fill in the forms available online or at Australian post offices. Then arrange an interview at the PO and take supporting documents as required on application.

    If you are under 18 a parent or guardian must apply for you and supply their identification as well. Extra conditions apply for people under 18 traveling overseas unaccompanied by an adult.

    It takes a fair bit of time for the passport process to be completed, so get it sorted well before your travel date.

    For more information see Lawstuff

  • Emergency phone contacts

    Dial 000 for Police, Fire and Ambulance (Australia) or dial 112 to get emergency services even if your phone is out of service range.

    On your personal mobile phone make a contact listing of a person (parent, carer, next of Kin) to contact in case of emergency. List it under IOE, as emergency services are trained to look for this if they need to make contact on your behalf.

  • Road trips

    If you’re planning a road trip, camping or holidaying in Australia it’s a good idea to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back.

    Check that your car is ready and safe for travel. Get it checked by your mechanic, shortly before your trip to make sure everything is working well.

    Get hold of some good maps or download a map on your phone. Before you go check out what interesting sites are along your route; then you can choose to make stops or slight diversions along the way.

    Make an emergency supplies box, including a first aid kit, a torch and batteries, drinking water, a warm blanket, some non-perishable food, loo roll, a small tarp, rope and whatever else you think is necessary.

    Make sure you have a spare tyre that’s ready to use, plus a working jack. Consider buying a car phone charger. Bring enough cash and a credit card, in case you can’t get to a bank or ATM during the trip.

    Pack healthy snacks and meals, this will save you heaps of money and probably be healthier than buying take away food and drinks. Perishable foods should be stored in an esky. You can freeze water in recycled juice bottles to keep your esky cool and drink the water later. It’s worthwhile packing other foods and utensils in a box to stop spillage and loose items moving around the car.

    Be realistic about the distances you are driving. Take turns driving, and never drive when you feel tired.