You know that feeling? Minutes before a big trip, your mind runs over every last detail to be sure you haven’t forgotten everything. These 9 things I do before every international trip have become my mental check list and often look over them in my notes the week before I leave.
They’re the kind of details that you don’t have to do weeks in advance, but the kind that are important to do before leaving the country. There’s so much preparation before leaving for a trip and often we forget the little details. Over the years, through trial and error, I’ve narrowed the most important details.
9 Things I do Before Every International Trip
1. Make digital and hard copies of important documents.
This is my first thing on the list — do I have copies of my passport, insurance, and birth certificate? One of the best tips I received was to store them digitally in a secure network, where you could access them from anywhere in the world.
3. Make sure my wallet is prepped for the trip and alert banks.
I always be sure to have two different credit cards, a debit card, i.d and medical card. One reason I travel with two credit cards is that in case one gets frozen because the bank flags it for fraud due to international charges. I had this happen in Bali even though we let the bank know we were traveling and it was a lifesaver to have a second card. I also always have at least $200 USD on me.
4. Check for travel warnings for each destination and check local news.
Did you know the US has a travel advisory site for each country? It’s good to check it out in case something is going on. Taking a peak at local news in each destination as well is always a good way to get a sense of what’s going on.
5. Charge all electronics before getting on the plane.
There’s a few reasons to do this before you fly. One is so that you don’t arrive with a dead camera battery and the second, is many airlines are asking all electronics to be able to be turned out.
6. Pre-purchase tickets all museum or sights.
With travel being more accessible than ever before, getting tickets can make or break your trip. I learned the hard way when I showed up empty handed to the Sagrada Familia the first time, just to find out I couldn’t get in.
7. Check the voltage/outlet in each country.
I always have a few converters around so I always double check which one I need to bring. This worldwide travel adapter is always great have on hand as it works everywhere!
8. Double check airline rules on baggage.
Ever showed up to the airline and realized you could have checked a bag for free? The worst. So I always double check a few days in advance before making any packing decisions.
9. Check passport and Visas criteria per country.
Ideally, this would be done more than a week in advance but always good to check each country’s requirement. Like did you know you need a visa to enter into Australia? Or that major of countries require three blank pages?
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