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Taking a gap year is an exciting prospect but it does require some careful planning! To help you along, we’ve compiled a quick checklist list of things to consider, so you don’t have to!

Before embarking your adventure there are a few things you have to take care of. Make your trip as easy as possible by remembering the vital things that need to be sorted before you leave:
• Visa
• Travel insurance
• Foreign Currency
• Any necessary immunisations
• Travel and accommodation details

Home comforts
Sometimes the most obvious things are the most easily forgotten! When travelling it is important to pack light but there are a few things you definitely don’t want to leave home without!
• Toothbrush
• Sun cream
• A warm jumper
• Mobile phone
• Emergency contact numbers

Memory-making toolkit
The best things you will bring home from your gap year will be the memories you make whilst away. Make sure you remember every detail and capture every moment by jotting things down or snapping them with your phone - or invest in a great camera!.
• Phone and camera
• Diary
• Blog

On a Sport Lived programme the chances are you will need to consider the sporting equipment you might need at your new club. Plan ahead for what kit you actually need to take with you, and how you intend to get it there.
• Shipment of heavy/bulky items
• Sports bag

Making the most
This is your chance to do something amazing, have an incredible time and experience everything life has to offer in another continent. Make the most of every day by saying yes to opportunities as and when they arise and grab chances with both hands.
• Socialise
• Have fun
• Try new things
• Stay safe

Staying in touch
Letting your family and friends know what an awesome time you’re having is important when you’re travelling but it can be expensive. Try these options for cheap ways to keep in touch:
• Invest in a cheap sim card once you're abroad
• Look for free wifi hot spots in public places and cafes
• Skype
• Facetime
• Postcards

In order to make sure that you really make the most of your time away, it is a good idea to put together a list of things you definitely want to achieve, or places you want to go on your travels. This will help ensure that you have the time of your life!