Whether it’s your first time traveling abroad, or you are a seasoned traveler ensuring that you have packed everything, this exclusive international travel essentials guide is sure to have you covered.
This is my go to international travel essentials guide that I use any time I am out of the country! So this is sure to help you during your next trip!
Do you have all your essential documents?
First things first, you must get your documents in order.
Passport, visa, travel insurance, yellow card, and any required vaccines are your golden tickets to international travel.
Seriously! Airport officials may not let you enter the country without their required documents.
But don’t panic, you can check all entry requirements for your country by checking out the Travel State Gov Website.
You should apply for all entry documents at least 3 months prior to your international trip.
Once you have received all your required documents, make at least 2 paper copies of each essential travel document or one paper copy per travel bag.
Pro Traveler Trip: In addition to paper copies, email yourself all essential documents to ensure you are always prepared in case of an emergency.
Get Travelers Insurance
Just because you’re traveling aborad, does not mean that Murphy’s law may not still apply to you. So in the event that anything that could go wrong, does go wrong. You have to prepare yourself, protect your family and your belongings.
Which is why one of the most important international travel issuance is getting the best travelers insurance for you.
From flight delays, lost luggage, trip cancellations, medical emergencies, damage to your electronic equipment, travelers insurance can help protect you from common to extreme issues.
Even if you’re traveling with a big group of people, you can still use traveler insurance. When my family of 9 travelers, age ranging from 18-63 years old, was traveling to Alaska, I purchase group travelers insurance that protected our entire party for one group rate.
So I knew that in case anything happened, my family was well protected and insured.
So regardless if you’re traveling alone or with a group, traveling internationally or locally, by having travelers insurance, it can protect you against common travel issues or emergencies.
Staying Connected While Aborad
When you’re traveling internationally, staying connected is essential to keep up with maps, stay in touch with loved ones, and share those breathtaking moments on social media.
When I first traveled abroad, I made the rookie mistake of not doing my research into the availability of wifi or the international roaming changes. So I could only use wifi when I was at my hotel or at local coffee shops.
While it is easy to find wifi abroad, it can be a pain to actually find a free network when you are in need of it. Such as when you want to make a spontaneous decision to go on a new adventure.
While it is do-able, trust me, you do not want to be in a foreign country without access to wifi.
You have a couple options available to you when traveling internationally:
My personal favorite is using eSIMs – they’re like digital versions of regular SIM cards, allowing you to switch between mobile networks without a physical card. You can also buy and activate eSIMs from anywhere, avoiding language hassles and tailoring plans to your trip.
Plus, setting up is easy! You buy it, install on your phone, and activate with WiFi.
Whichever you choose, make sure to do additional research prior to selecting an option.
Did you know that most countries outside of the United States have a different type of outlet compared to the standard American ones? Or that different countries outside of the United States have a different voltage system?
During my first time traveling, I had absolutely no idea what this meant! And if you are anything like me, this is probably the first time you are hearing about it!
So what does this mean? Well firstly if you try to plug in your device to one of these outlets, it won’t fit. Causing potential permanent damage to your devices.
But don’t worry there are plenty of convertible outlets that will let you charge your smaller device no matter which country you are in!
Pro Traveler Tip: Purchase a solar powered power bank that allows you to charge your devices at any time!
Trust me, you do not want to be worrying about your phone’s battery life when you are taking instagram worthy pics!
Plus, with a solar powered power bank, you can charge your devices, even without the presence of electricity. All while being kind to the planet!
Navigating International Currency and Value
Just like the above, every country has a different currency and value rate. Before traveling you should figure out the currency of the country you’re traveling to.
Pro Traveler Tip: Research the local currency and familiarize yourself with its value before you travel. For example, know the average price of your favorite foods, coffee, alcohol, clothing, and souvenir items so you can get a feel of the local currency value.
This will ensure that you are familiarized with the cost of local items, so you are never caught off guard or scammed into paying higher prices.
During your international travel, it is essential to pack 3 different types of currency.
Ensure to pack USD (or your local countries) currency, the currency of the country you’re traveling to and a Visa Card for your ultimate financial preparedness.
Long flights demand comfort. Trust me, you do not want to be on a 8+ hour flight without headphones or entertainment.
Bringing your own headphones is essential – airlines often charge a premium for cheap headphones, and the quality might not be up to par.
One time, I was traveling internationally, and the airline wanted $25 for a cheap pair of headphones!
So save yourself the hassle and the money!
Buy headphones with an aux plug that will connect directly to the tv in the airline seats. Plus, don’t forget to bring your personal headphones to connect to your devices.
This ultimate international travel essentials guide is your trusted companion, whether you’re a first-time or an experienced traveler. With this guide, your journey will be filled with excitement and wonder, not stress or confusion.
So make sure to check back to this guide often so you have everything you need for an unforgettable trip!
But our journey doesn’t end here! To ensure your suitcase is packed with all the right items, check out our Essential Packing List for an unforgettable trip. Don’t leave home without it! Your adventure awaits, and we’re here to make it as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Safe travels!
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