gap travel

What to Take if You Have Travel Insurance Policy

11 February 2009 by Anna Staford

Travel Information

Just got an iPad or expensive digital camera for your birthday? Well, you might want to consider leaving them behind if you're going to be heading off on your gap travel. Here are some top tips on what to take with you when you head off on your gap travel:


  • Your passport - valid for at least six months beyond return date.
  • Insurance - comprehensive travel and medical insurance cover.
  • Immunisation booklet - with details of all the jobs you've had.
  • Passport photos - take about six of these to be used as identification
  • Student cards - as identification and to get those handy student discounts!
  • List of emergency telephone numbers - to cancel/call- insurers, credit/debit cards
  • Tickets and itinerary
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Different forms of currency - take a mixture of cash, travellers cheques, credit and debit cards.
  • Head torch - LED are best
  • Whistle and/or rape alarm
  • Daysack - packed with everything you need for the day
  • Money belt - to conceal your money with crocodile type clip to secure it.
  • Medical pack / first aid kit.
  • Sun cream- with a high UVA protection.
  • Condoms - with the UK Kitemark
  • Mosquito net
  • Malaria tablets if going to a country where you need protection
  • Water bottle - perhaps with a built-in filter
  • Water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Long sleeve shirts and long trousers/skirts - to protect against sun/mosquitoes and to visit religious sights
  • Sun hat
  • Small padlock with security code
  • List of useful contact numbers - such as British Consulate, insurance company and credit card 24 hour emergency telephone number
  • A good guide book - to give you a good understanding of local culture & religion.
  • Driving licence and break-down kit


  • Mobile phone
  • Sun glasses
  • Sleeping liner
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water proof
  • Large plastic bag - to line inside of rucksack (waterproofing)
  • Rucksack - but no more than 65L in volume
  • Universal adaptor
  • Travel plug
  • Travel towel
  • Travel pillow
  • Wet wipes for hygiene
  • Lighter
  • Compass - especially if exploring
  • Duct tape - for fixing tears, hanging mosquito nets etc.
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Flip flops
  • Walking boots
  • Fleece
  • Camera

What to consider leaving behind:

  • Half the clothes you intended to take!
  • Attractive items such as iPads or laptops - if you take them don't be sentimental about losing them.

And don't forget to take a travel insurance policy with you!

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