When it comes to preparing for a trip as a couple there usually is a lot of compromises. But there are some trip essentials that all couples should include when preparing for a trip together. So before you head off to Canada, be prepared with the following packing items.
While Canada is known for free healthcare, that is only for its citizens. Which means that when you travel there you will need travel insurance Canada. The last thing you want when traveling to a completely new country is to not have medical coverage. You never know when an accident can happen and you want to make sure that you and your partner are covered if one were to happen. Otherwise, you can end up going way over the budget you’ve set out for the trip.
On top of medical coverage, you can also get trip cancellation and baggage loss coverage. Both of which will ensure your trip doesn’t end up costing you more due to loss of baggage or a last-minute change of plans.
Plan to visit places you both want
The wonderful thing about Canada is that it offers visitors all kinds of different attractions. From great landscapes in Vancouver to the Niagara Falls in Ontario. The major cities such as Toronto and Vancouver have an amazing nightlife. Then you also have great hiking trails and beautiful rivers throughout Canada. But obviously, you won’t be able to do it all in just one trip.
You want to make sure you enjoy all these activities as a couple. In order to do that, you both will need to pick a few activities that you would want to experience with each other and plan accordingly. Pick four to five activities each from places to visit to restaurants you want to try. There will be plenty of activities between the two of you to keep you busy! If you plan om staying for longer, then feel free to pick more activities but make sure you both pick an equal amount to keep things fair.
Pack the right things
When it comes to packing as a couple, it can get a little tough. There is usually always one person that needs to take more stuff than the other. Which more often than not translates into an argument of, “do you really need this stuff” and so on. To avoid a heated debate before even going on the trip, try to stick to your essentials and not just those for the plane. If you are going for a week, you don’t need to pack your whole wardrobe. When packing make sure to do the following:
- Take your basic toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant, and cologne/perfume, no need for shampoo and soap since hotels provide that)
- Pack clothes according to the time of the year you are traveling. In winter, you want to take a heavy jacket with sweaters to keep you warm. In the summer and spring, t-shirts with a light jacket and sweater can work. Take boots and covered shoes in the winter while summer you can wear flip-flops and light shoes.
- A camera to document all your adventures.
- If you have extra space in your luggage, be willing to share it!
Share responsibilities while traveling
You don’t want the burden of all responsibilities to fall on just one individual, this is a sure way to make your travel experience together horrible. So before you head out, talk to each other about various responsibilities from who handles immigration, the documents to who books everything and takes care of the finances. This way you both are aware of what you need to do and share the burden.
Visit places that offer experiences
When going to Canada, you want to visit locations, not just for the sake of visiting them but to offer you experiences. Experiences that the two of you can cherish for the rest of your lives. While Toronto and Vancouver are on top of tourists lists, there are other locations such as Whistler and Quebec City that have a lot to offer. Quebec City has numerous historical attractions such as The Citadel while Whistler has a vibrant culture with cultural centers and art museums. So take your time to research and see what experiences both of you want to share and make your itinerary accordingly.
Above all else, have fun with each other in Canada! There is a lot to do and not enough time to do it, so make your trip worth it by following the tips mentioned.
Bob Hornal is the founder and President of Best Quote Travel Insurance in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. With over 15 years of experience as a financial advisor, Bob has traveled to more than 30 incredible countries and has dealt with a multitude of difficult situations including flight delays, medical emergencies, and weather damage, making Bob an expert at traveling.
His dream is to inspire and inform those who wish to travel by including his personal experiences and professional knowledge in each piece he writes.