8 things to do before traveling abroad

When planning a trip abroad, there are a lot of things you need to do before you go. So many things, in fact, that you would need to read a book that lists everything for you. You can take the time to do this if you wish, and if this is your first trip out of the country, you can create your own checklist. This checklist should include 8 essential things to do before traveling abroad if you want to be well prepared.

  1. Passport – You should start working on these months before planning your trip. Getting one may take some time, so you need to make sure you get it on time. Your best bet is to go to your local post office and complete the necessary paperwork if they are set up to do so. Follow their instructions and pay the fee.
  2. Visa- Some parts of the world will require you to have a visa. You can get them from your local embassy or online. You will want to apply in advance as it can take as long as the passport, sometimes even longer. Do the necessary research to find out if you need it to get to your destination and any other areas you plan to visit during your vacation. You don’t want to get caught in a foreign country and not be able to cross borders.
  3. Visit your doctor – Do some additional research and see if you need any special vaccines before traveling to your country of choice. Schedule a visit with your doctor and get it if needed, along with a basic health check that allows you to travel the world. While you’re at it, ask if they have any tips that might help you stay healthy on your trip. Some parts of the world are not as advanced as we are, so you should take care of your medical needs before embarking on your adventure.
  4. Get Travelers Insurance – This is a step that many people choose to skip, but know that it is never a good idea to skip this step. Go online to a comparison site and research your Australia travel insurance options. You want to be protected against lost luggage, accidents, theft or if you find yourself stranded due to a covid-19 lockdown. Don’t wait until the last minute to get it as many have a waiting time before the kick takes effect. Check with your insurance company to plan accordingly.
  5. Credit cards and cash – Check what type of money your destination country accepts and convert your money to that specific currency. You should also talk to your credit card companies to see if you can use their cards there. Otherwise, leave them at home. If so, make sure you have a note in your account telling them when and where you are going. This will prevent the card from being locked due to security measures taken by your card provider.
  6. Telephones and other electronic devices – Your phones probably won’t work where you’re going. You can buy a SIM card that will allow you to use your device or buy a prepaid phone in the country you are going to. Make sure you have the correct service if you need to be able to check in from home. Your electronic devices can also be a problem because the sockets they need may not be the same in all countries. Buy adapters to be sure.
  7. Pack properly – You don’t have unlimited luggage space when traveling, so take what you need for the area you’re traveling to. For example, if you’re traveling to a tropical destination, you won’t need to pack the hat and gloves you wear daily at home. Think ahead and pack what you need while following airline or cruise ship rules.
  8. Share your projects – Never go on a trip without telling your family and friends where you are going, where you are staying and what you plan to do while there. This is to make sure your loved ones know where you will be if something were to happen at home or if they didn’t hear from you when they were supposed to. It’s the best way to make sure someone will pick you up if you get lost or run into trouble.

These 8 essential to-do’s may not seem important, but they are. If you skip any of the items on the list, you might regret it later in your trip. By then it will be too late to do most of the things listed. You need to do your research, plan ahead, and finish what needs to be done before you need it.

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