Heading off somewhere abroad can definitely be an amazing experience. But getting organized can be pretty hard for others, especially if they are first-time travelers. Some people even think of preparations as a little overwhelming. To help you gear up for your next trip, here are a few must do’s before you travel overseas.
- Prepare Your Travel Documents
When planning to travel abroad, travel requirements are one of the most important things that need to be prepared. This includes your passport, flight ticket, and your destination’s entry requirements. All country-to-country trips require a passport, as well as applying for visas to countries which require them. Other countries even require passports that are at least 6 months from its expiration date, so always check the expiration date of your passport.
Once you’ve secured a passport, you can now place a booking on any airline with flight schedules to the country you will visit. After booking, you will then get your flight ticket.
Lastly, the entry requirements. This differs from country to country, so check with the embassy when it comes to the documents you will need. You can also check them online at their embassy’s official websites. Make sure to secure and bring these on your flight schedule with you.
For security purposes, you may also want to scan these documents and send it to yourself via email. Include your travel insurance policy and other important documents you might need. You can also leave a set of everything to a friend or family member so they can send everything to you in case you lose your valuables.
- Get Travel Insurance
When travelling, not everything is in your control. It is highly recommended to have travel insurance, especially when you are vacationing overseas or even locally. First, travel insurance covers a part or your whole medical fee if you have an emergency and required medical treatment when travelling.
It also covers expenses for disrupted flights. For instance, if your flight is cancelled but you need to fly immediately, booking another flight instead of waiting for the reschedule of the original one will cost you a good amount of money. But if you have travel insurance, they will cover the fees.
Lastly, you are entitled for reimbursements when you have travel insurance. Lost, stolen or damaged luggage overseas or during your travel may leave you with nothing including money for your expenses. However, if you have the right insurance, these will get reimbursed so make sure to have your next trips insured.
- Prepare for Your Country of Destination
Make sure that you are prepared when you get to your destination. Book a place to stay, know the do’s and don’ts so you avoid offending the locals, check out the weather, culture, language, transportation, and other more things you might want and need to know.
By knowing these things you’ll be able to pack the essential items needed depending on the weather and culture of the country you are visiting. There are also transportation apps for some countries that will keep you informed about bus schedules, train destinations, or even for booking of cabs. You may also want to get a map or download one on your smart phone.
- Check Your Wallet and Advise Your Bank
Make sure to have enough money for your food and lodging and extra expenses that you may incur. Remember, not everything is in your control so it is always better to have extra money for emergencies.
Never forget to advise your bank that you will travel overseas. This ensures that you can access your funds throughout your trip. You bank can also inform you if your cards are accepted at your destination. It is also better to have multiple source of funds such as cash, credit cards, and debit cards.
- Make a Checklist and Pack Your Bags
Packing when traveling can be daunting. People usually forget something when they travel, so to make sure that you have everything you need when you’re already there, it is best to have a checklist of these things beforehand.
But make sure to only pack the things that you need, and make your luggage as light as possible. It can be a hassle to travel with a heavy bag full of things you might not even use.
- Don’t Leave Your Home Unattended
When you go on a trip, especially if you will be staying somewhere for quite a while, it is advisable to have someone check your house every now and then such as a trusted neighbor, a family member, or a friend.
If you travel frequently, you may also want to consider buying lights with timer functions. Timed lights ensure that your house has lights on every night even if you have no on to check on your home.
- Never Be Late!
Never ever be late for your flight! Make sure you arrive at the airport and check in ahead of time. Anticipate traffic and other things that might cause a delay on your way there.
There are a lot of things to keep in mind before you travel internationally. Now that you’re aware of the must do’s, you just need to prepare them ahead of time to prevent any hassles and avoid the need to rush. Never ever forget your travel documents as you will not be able to go on your flight without them.