Do you want to travel out of Nigeria? You may be going on a vacation, business trip, etc. In such situations, one thing you have to ensure is that you are well prepared.
You are going to a foreign country and it could be your first time over there. It’s not ideal to be misinformed especially when you’re traveling to Europe or North America. The culture and society over there is not the same as in Nigeria.
You don’t have to do much; a little peek here and there can prepare you. Also, you’ll want to ensure all your needed documents and the likes are ready. Without further ado, here’s a list of things to do before traveling out of Nigeria.
1. Make duplicates of all of your travel documents
Nobody expects to lose their passport while on vacation, but it’s a good idea to make two copies. You can take one along with you and keep the other back in Nigeria.
2. Check for travel warnings and register your trip
There may be unexpected travel advisories that you should be aware of depending on where you are visiting. If there is a current travel advisory, your travel or health insurance may be invalid. You should also register your trip with the Nigerian embassy so that they know where you’ll be in the event of an emergency.
3. Contact your bank
It’s critical to notify your bank that you’ll be traveling before you leave. This enables you to use your card to make purchases when you’re outside of the country.
4. Keep some cash on hand in case of an emergency
Just because you have your bank cards on hand doesn’t mean they’ll be accepted everywhere. It’s a good idea to have some extra cash in the local currency on hand, especially for smaller purchases.
5. Figure out what documents you’ll need to enter the country
Most countries require you to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return date. You may also need a visa or other special documents to enter the country.
6. Consult your doctor
It’s best to check with your doctor before traveling to see if you’ll need any prescription medications or vaccines. To bring certain prescription medications into the foreign country, you may also need a note from your doctor.
7. Find out what you can and cannot bring into the country
The last thing you want to do is arrive at your destination only to discover that some of the items you packed are not permitted. This could be anything and it could delay you. Check ahead of time to avoid any unnecessary delays.
8. Check the weather forecast
You should do this about a week ahead of time, then again the day before to ensure that you pack appropriately. Nigeria is usually hot and you could be traveling to a colder country. You probably would need to bring a heavy jacket. In addition, rain may be in the forecast, necessitating the use of an umbrella. Check ahead of time so you can pack appropriately.
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9. Learn about local customs and etiquette in the area you’re visiting.
It’s always a good idea to educate yourself on the local customs, culture, and etiquette so you know what to expect when traveling abroad.
10. Look into events and festivals that are taking place while you’re in town
It’s a good idea to be aware of any major events taking place while you’re in town. You might want to go to a concert, a festival, or simply be aware of what’s going on in the city.
11. Look through guidebooks
While I understand that some travelers prefer not to consult with travel books, It’s recommended that you look through them to get tips, see what sights or attractions are worth seeing, and so on.
Many of them also include maps of the city’s various neighborhoods, giving you a better understanding of the city’s layout.
12. Become fluent in a few key phrases in the local language
Learning at least one keyword or phrase in the local language is one of the most beneficial things you can do. This is important if you’re traveling from Nigeria to a country like Spain, France, etc where English language isn’t the number one. Even if you don’t sound like a native speaker, the locals will appreciate your efforts.
13. Decide on a mobile phone plan
You already know that your Nigerian SIMs won’t work when you travel out. So in order not to be caught off guard, you should plan ahead which mobile phone plan you’ll use in the new country.
14. Figure out how to get from the airport to your hotel
To avoid paying high taxi fares, it’s a good idea to look into the best way to get from the airport to your hotel. Taxis sometimes offer a flat rate, which you should be aware of in advance in case they try to rip you off. The majority of options include taking a shuttle, a private car, or using the city’s public transportation.
15. Bring some over-the-counter medication and toiletries
Some people prefer to pack light by leaving their toiletries at home, believing that they will be able to purchase them at their destination. However, keep in mind that some items may be difficult to find in other countries. You could have a personal brand which will be easier to purchase in Nigeria than overseas.
There you go! The list might seem long but you really should take every action. Once done, you know that you’re ready to travel from Nigeria to anywhere in the World.