Updated: Jan 15
Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, solo or in a group, staying for a few days or several years, planning ahead can help ensure your time abroad is both enjoyable and safe.
1. Check-in with your doctor.
Some countries require immunization(s).
2. Bring snacks.
Eating in a foreign country can sometimes become a task. Bring small snacks that will hold you over.
3. Bring copies of your passport.
If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can be able to prove your citizenship.(Colored copy)
4. Activate your phone’s global capabilities.
There's usually a charge for doing this, but it is much less than the roaming charges. (depend on carrier).
5. Call your bank or credit card provider.
Let banks know of your travels, so they allow you to use it internationally.
6. Pack an extra set of clothes in carry-on bag.
You can never be too sure that you will get your luggage when you arrive to destination. To save the hassle of having to buy more clothes while away, always take this advice.
7. Go to a bank or ATM in the country you’re visiting.
There are conversion centers in the airport and around the city, keep in mind sometimes It can be high. If you find a bank, you won’t get charged as many fees at the ATM, and the conversion will be exact.
8. Check bag or not.
Each airline has its own set of guidelines as to how many bags can be checked or carried on for free. Look up your airline’s rules.’
9. Always have local cash.
Not every place takes credit cards.
10. Bring a charger adapter.
Countries have different size plugs. So if you want to use your iPod or charge your phone, make sure you bring an adapter.
11. Research events going on while you’re there.
Experience the country for what its known for.
12. Get guidebooks.
These can consist of maps, keywords or phrases, and information about country you are visiting etc.