Travel should be a joy in life, but if you don’t have essential documents or paperwork with you on hand it can make life difficult. So what should you plan on taking with you, that might be a lifesaver while you’re away from home? Top of the list is a day-by-day itinerary, especially if you have a busy schedule and are travelling to multiple destinations using different types of transport. Be sure to include flight numbers, departure times, reservation details including addresses as it will save you time overall. Adding any membership numbers for frequent flyer programs or hotel loyalty programs can also be useful in case of loss, or just to save time. Printing out your itinerary, as well as keeping a digital copy if you can, is very important along with copies of airline tickets, boarding passes, and details of any hotel bookings or car hire reservations. If you are travelling in a group, make sure all parties have a copy. Your passport should be valid for at least six months before you travel, but keep in mind that some airlines insist on six months’ validity from the date you return home. In case of loss or any problems, be sure to make copies of all key pages including any visas, or take photos of them using your smart phone. If you take prescription medications on a regular basis, take the prescription with you as proof of medical authorisation in case your bags go missing, and because some medications are banned in certain countries. Same goes for any specialist medical equipment you may need to travel with; play safe and get a letter from your doctor confirming that you need to use it on a regular basis. And finally, it can be useful to carry emergency numbers for your bank or credit card issuer in case your cards are lost or stolen. Make sure you record the international telephone numbers, and your card numbers.