To complete necessary daily tasks, lists are a great way to organize thoughts and ensure that what needs to be done is accomplished. When it comes to traveling- it’s no different. Although exciting, traveling can also be rushed, inevitably causing necessary items to be forgotten about or left behind. Having a travel list can assist with making sure that you will have everything you need for your journey. Although each trip is different and the travel list will vary based upon destination, length of travel and trip purpose, we have compiled a few basics that you will want to make sure you include in your travel list when venturing abroad.
Essentially every mode of public transportation during travel will require a form of identification. If you are traveling internationally make sure that you have your passport and that it will not be expiring in the near future.
Research what the visa requirements for your situation within your host country are and allow yourself plenty of time to obtain one if needed.
If you need a visa, you will more than likely be required to purchase international travel insurance as well. Find out what benefits your plan will need to include to meet your visa insurance requirements. If you don’t require a visa for your trip, it’s still important to make sure you and your family will be covered in the event that the unexpected occurs. Confirm if your current insurance plan will cover you internationally, if not, find an international health insurance plan that will.
Updated Travel Itinerary
24 hours prior to traveling, compile your travel confirmations and print a copy for your quick reference when on the go. Suggested documents include flight itineraries, hotel reservations, car rental confirmations, bus/train schedules, scheduled tour confirmations and other documents which include details of your travel.
Before your journey, create a list of emergency numbers that may be useful in an urgent situation. This may include the contact information of your embassy, the local police/hospital and friends or family who are located within your host country.
Contact your bank and credit card company before your trip to make them aware of where you will be going and for how long. Many companies will freeze your account if there are purchases from outside your home country if they have not been notified prior to these transactions. While this is great for security purposes, it can cause a huge headache if you do not have a backup payment method. Prevent this from happening by making a quick call ahead of time.
If planning a large trip, like relocating to a new country, it is helpful to create a travel list and break it down according to how long you have before your departure. Not only will this make the list more manageable by spreading it out over time, it will also give you a deadline for each item and help keep you on track with checking items off your list.
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