Traveling Abroad: 5 Things You Can’t Forget

One of life’s greatest joys is travel, and traveling abroad can be especially exciting and enlightening. However, when you travel abroad, you can face additional stress. After all, you will be far from home, may not have access to the same stores and such as in the US, and some countries have certain laws in place that could spell trouble if you are not prepared. As such, here are five things that you should not forget when you’re traveling abroad.

  • Passport – Logically, you want to make sure you do not forget your passport. More importantly, make sure you keep up with your passport during your travels. A missing passport can be one of the most difficult things to replace when you are in a foreign country.
  • Important Paperwork – In addition to your passport, pack your important documents like a driver’s license, birth certificate and other identification documents. Make sure you store these documents in a different location from the passport so that you do not lose everything if one particular bag is lost or misplaced.
  • Tickets/Reservations – While many things are digital today, it never hurts to keep hard copies of your plane tickets, train tickets or hotel reservations. Keeping these pieces of information on hand can prevent you from dealing with a misplaced reservation. If you do not have a physical copy of these documents, at least write down a confirmation code or other piece of identifying information.
  • Medication – While there are pharmacies around the world, it is not always easy to get your American prescription filled at an international location. Make sure you bring plenty of prescription medication for your entire trip and perhaps any over the counter products that you use on a regular basis. Make sure you pack these in your carry-on bag so you are not caught without a needed medication if your bags are delayed. You can save yourself a lot of difficulty by preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.
  • Camera – Few people have the chance to vacation abroad as often as they would like. Because of this, you will want to bring a camera and plenty of extra storage cards (or film if not using a digital camera). By doing this, you can have physical impressions of your memories and can share the things you saw with your friends and family.

While these five things are very important to bring and keep up with on your trip, there are certainly other things you may want to remember too. Before you leave for your trip, sit down with your travel mates and discuss the things that you must remember—it can save you a significant amount of stress and give you a better chance of enjoying your trip unhindered.


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