Taking an international trip can be quite daunting; In addition to paperwork and travel documentation that can be lengthy if not well organized, there are other important things to consider before boarding a flight.

Travel companies generally provide notices for international passengers based on the destination they are traveling to. However, taking into account the details related to certain vital circumstances can make the difference between a pleasant trip and a failed trip.

Some of the general guidelines that are useful as a checklist for you before traveling abroad are:

travel documentation

• Make sure that travel documents such as tickets, passports, visas, accompanying documents, etc. are stored separately in an easily accessible bag

• Make at least two additional copies of all documents; one set can be carried by hand while the other can be stored in checked luggage in case the originals are lost or stolen. Also, leaving a passport copy with a family member or close friend can be helpful in cases of lost or stolen passports. An electronic copy scanned into your email account can also be extremely helpful.

• If you are carrying traveler’s checks or other monetary documentation from a bank, make sure it is included in your travel documentation kit.


• Make sure credit or debit cards can be used at the destination you are traveling to. It is good to inform the bank if you are going to make an extended trip of 6 months or more.

• Stay on top of currency conversion rates. It is advisable to exchange currency or traveler’s checks at bank branches instead of airport counters where commissions can be exorbitant.

• It is very useful to carry some local currency, as credit cards may not be accepted in all places, such as subways, buses and taxis.

• Find out about entry/exit fees when you travel. These fees are usually not included in the ticket and can range from a few dollars to a few hundred.

Health and security

• It is essential to have a complete medical check-up and bring certified documents of vaccinations and medical insurance. You need to carry a prescription from a doctor for the medications you are taking.

• Check with your insurance provider to see if medical emergencies are covered.

• Remember to register with the embassy or consulate so that, in case of unforeseen circumstances or conditions, it can guarantee your safety.

Investigate local conditions and factors.

• Carry a map of the location with you and get as much information about local conditions as possible, such as weather forecasts, etc.

• Guides on local tourist places, events, festivals, etc. with times, costs, directions to arrive, etc. They are essential.

• Try to learn some important words and phrases if you don’t speak a common language; Carrying a translation book can be useful to strike up a conversation while shopping, etc.

• Having some knowledge of local customs, dress codes and restrictions can be very helpful.

Packing and baggage

• It is recommended to carry a set of clothing and basic items in your hand luggage in case your checked luggage is lost or arrives later.

• Read the travel regulations and restrictions on the number of bags allowed for check-in and in the cabin along with the size and weight of suitcases and travel bags.

• Bring a snack such as a muffin, sandwich or crackers and a bottle of water to carry after landing if there are delays and mishaps at the airport.

• Electronic devices such as chargers, adapters, and iPods should be checked to make sure the voltage they work with matches that of the country you are going to; activating travel applications and roaming services on the mobile phone is very useful.

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