Before you leave
- For international travel, double-check visa and passport requirements to the country you are visiting. Different countries have different requirements about your passport. For example, to travel to France, your passport must not expire within six months of your expected entry date and three months from your expected departure date from.
- Take pictures on your phone of your passport and ID to have as backup if your documents get lost.
- If you plan to check your baggage, keep one change of spare clothing in your carry-on bag in case your luggage is delayed.
- For important medication, I keep enough meds in both of my carryons to last the trip to ensure that if a bag is lost, I will not need to scramble to get new medication.
- Use a checklist for packing, and then only pack what is on the list (otherwise, you will do what I usually do and pack 10X more stuff than you need).
- Research, research, research!
- Look up the airport you are flying into and download a map of it so you don’t feel lost and overwhelmed.
- Download apps ahead of time for public transportations systems of the area you are visiting.
- Read blog posts from people who have visited the area you are going to.
During your trip
- If you are walking in a strange place use an app such as Map My Run to track your movements in case you need to retrace your steps if you get lost.
- Carry the business card of the hotel you are staying at so you can show taxi drivers (especially when staying in countries where you don’t speak their language).
What Did I forget?
Do you have travel tips that I did not mention? Please comment below!