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How to travel with confidence in 2022: the ultimate checklist

Getting ready for your first trip in a few years? Here’s what you need to know. BY MEGAN C. HILLS

Travelling has changed dramatically over the past few years and if you haven’t been on holiday for a while, you might be a little unfamiliar with travel procedures. From packing to finalising your travel documents, there’s more than ever to consider before heading off for your summer holiday. 

To make your journey as simple as possible, here are a few things to consider before taking to the skies – a 2022 travel checklist. 

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1) Update your packing list 

Part of the excitement of preparing for a holiday is purchasing a new wardrobe, whether you’re looking for a slick new pair of sunglasses or a trusty stylish backpack. But before you dive into the fun stuff, take stock of what you already have – and what practical bits you need to upgrade. For instance, is your suitcase still flight-ready or is it long overdue for a replacement? Can you still find your travel adapter? And if you have trouble sleeping on airplanes or noisy cities, now is the time to invest in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.  

It’s easy to redeem your miles for travel essentials when you shop with Cathay. Browse sleek suitcases by leading brands, a range of handy travel adapters, phone chargers and even vacuum bags to help optimise space when you pack.  

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2) Research restrictions and travel requirements for your destination 

Certain countries may require evidence of a passenger’s negative COVID-19 PCR or RAT test, vaccination record or a mandatory hotel quarantine booking. You can check individual government websites for up-to-date travel information – they will have a checklist of requirements for travellers. Travel requirements are constantly changing, so check back regularly to make sure you don’t run into any issues. 

It’s a good idea to bring a box of face masks with you on holiday. You’ll likely encounter places on your travels where masks remain mandatory, such as airports and public transport. In certain cities, such as Hong Kong, everyone is required by law to wear a face covering when in public or otherwise face a fine. 

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3) Look into travel insurance for peace of mind

Although border restrictions and regulations have relaxed considerably, flights can still be disrupted due to changes in the pandemic situation. It’s a good idea to build in a few flexible days around your travels, just in case. Opting for flexible flight tickets such as Cathay Pacific’s Fly (worry) free guarantee can save headaches if your schedule is disrupted, while travel insurance companies such as Chubb and are increasingly offering coverage plans to help you redeem costs following pandemic-related issues.  

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4) Plan around your testing requirements 

For those travelling to countries which require a negative COVID-19 test, make sure to build this into your travel plans. If you need to take a PCR test, ensure you’re near your testing location a day or two in advance – if you’ve been on a remote getaway, then you’ll need to plan for accommodation ahead of time. 

Hand sanitiser being used

5) Be proactive about your health and hygiene 

Beyond wearing a face covering, there are other ways to stay safe on holiday. Remembering to regularly wash your hands is an important one, as is carrying rapid antigen tests (RATs) with you. Bring a number with you on holiday, especially if you’re visiting family or friends, to ensure you don’t potentially expose them to the virus. 

Of course, COVID-19 isn’t the only illness to watch out for, and staying on top of your hygiene can help prevent an unwanted doctor’s visit. Carrying hand sanitiser with you at all times is recommended, as is drinking filtered or bottled water to avoid stomach bugs. Other useful medications to have in your suitcase include anti-nausea tablets, anti-inflammatories and antihistamines. For additional peace of mind while on the road, consider picking up a portable electronic steriliser. 

Man watching plane take off at airport

6) Get to the airport early 

Checking in for your flight can end up being a long process, due to various countries requiring extra travel documents and negative COVID-19 tests before you can fly. Giving yourself an extra hour can help prevent unnecessary stressful situations – and give you more time to deal with any surprises that might arise. If you’re flying to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, make sure you’ve uploaded all of your travel documents to the Fly Ready platform – it’ll make checking your documents a breeze.  

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