A Checklist for Planning and Preparing for Your RTW Trip

| August 3, 2010 | 8 Comments
checklist A Checklist for Planning and Preparing for Your RTW Trip

The importance of planning!

An international study—published in January 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine—found using a checklist when performing surgery reduced the rate of complications by four per cent. It follows that planning for a long-term or round-the-world trip is not unlike performing surgery—on your life, no less! So a checklist should be mandatory!

That’s why we’ve drawn together this ever-evolving pre-departure checklist from a number of sources around the web and in print and are sharing it with our readers. You can view our ‘Round-The-World Pre-Departure Travel Checklist’ by clicking here. Designed to help you make your transition to round-the-world traveller as smooth and effective as possible, this checklist will ensure you manage the transition to vagabond with ease.

Print the the page locally and cross stuff off as you go, or just bookmark it and return to is as often as you need. The list is meant to provide a starting point to guide you in creating your own round-the-world checklist—remember, really great checklists are usable because they’re tailored to suit your own situation.

We are big time believers in checklists.  If it it’s so easy for an otherwise competent doctor to miss a step (to return to our earlier analogy) or, in the stress and pressure of the moment, to fail to plan properly for every eventuality, then why do we believe that we’re immune to the same pressures ?

If you can negotiate the complex process of preparing to go, the complications you encounter during your round-the-world trip should prove to be a piece of cake. Ready to go and unsure if you have thought of everything? Look at our handy checklist for an outline of some of the most important things to consider before you hit the road. Click here.


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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

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  1. ayngelina says:


    Great list, two things I would add:

    1) If you live in Canada you need to inform your provincial health program if you’re leaving the country for an extended period of time. It’s rare but in some cases Canadians were denied free health care for 60-90 days when they returned if they hadn’t done this.

    2) I highly recommend Delicious for online bookmarking and (sorry for the shameless promotion) wrote about it a while back. Check out the post here.

    • Daniel says:


      Hey Ayngelina — thanks for the note regarding notifying your provincial health program. Will be sure to update the list to reflect that. I’ll also be sure to add a link to your piece on delicio.us — very useful!

    • Daniel says:


      Just a heads up that we’ve updated our checklist with your suggestions, Ayngelina. Thank you so much.

  2. Crissy says:


    One thing I like to do with my planning is that if I know something needs to be done a month before I go, then I pick a day and add it to my calendar (with an annoying calendar reminder). Then even if I’m not looking at my checklist, my calendar reminds me to do it.

  3. Richard Tede says:


    Good post for a newbie for planning a RTW trip.


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