Checklist for Traveling Internationally – Vacation Packing List

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One of the most important checklist items for international travelers is to understand what type of currency you need to bring with you. Keep in mind that credit cards do not always work abroad, so it’s best to have cash and a backup plan. If your credit card does work abroad, then be sure to let your bank know when you are traveling and ask about any fees involved with using your card while outside of the country. With these checklist items completed, there should be nothing left but anticipation for an exciting trip!

Check the weather in your destination

There is nothing worse than not being prepared for a situation you are about to enter! For the safety of yourself and your loved ones, be sure to check the weather in your destination before getting on a plane.

Viewing the extended forecast is really important as well, as weather can be very changeable and just because it’s looking great today or tomorrow – if you plan to stay for a matter of weeks – then this could be an issue.

Check the local laws and customs before departure

Knowing what to expect is a way of lessening any possible confusion when you get there. Be sure to check out how tipping works, if it’s required or not – as this can be a very personal preference! It could also make for an awkward situation in front of locals who are expecting tips but don’t receive them from you.

Make sure you have a valid passport and visa for your destination

It would be terrible if all the time spent preparing turned out only because your passport or visa was expired. Checking beforehand will save so much trouble later on! If at all possible, do not go over the expiry date by anything less than 6 months – including the time you will be away.

Due to the global pandemic, entry requirements have become very complex and change on a regular basis – often almost unannounced – so keep up to date with your destination right up until departure. Vaccinations, rapid testing, certificates of proof are needed in most countries and the country of origin can also be a problem.

Keeping a printed copy of your passport and visa – ideally in a waterproof bag or envelop just in case. Also, having a scanned copy on your phone might come in handy too.

Bringing pets on vacation

For each country you visit, double-check the entry requirements for pets. Most countries will not allow any animals in on a tourist visa – even if they are vaccinated and neutered! This means that your furry friends might to stay at home while you travel abroad!

Travel Insurance

You will need to arrange travel insurance protection, as being in an accident or becoming ill whilst traveling can lead to a lot of costs otherwise.

If you are taking part in any extreme sports or even skiing, you will need to have these activities listed within your policy.

Bringing prescription medication

If you are traveling abroad, bring copies of your prescriptions with you in the original packaging. This will help as many countries require a doctor’s note to obtain drugs that have not been prescribed locally. The burden can be taken off by carrying around the originals then handing them over when required.

What money should I bring with me?

Bring along at least one Credit Card and check with your bank or provider if it works abroad. You might also need to inform them or your travels, otherwise it will be flagged for unusual activity and blocked – which would make the card useless to you!

It is best not to bring more money than you are likely to need, as it can turn into a heavy burden. However, the decision will be up to you and how much of your budget you are willing to carry with yourself at all times. If credit cards aren’t available in the country that you’re visiting, then carrying cash may be necessary. Make sure that your card is accepted where ever you go!

You can use our Currency Calculator to convert your local currency to the destination’s currency. For example, Dollars to Pesos or Dollars to Pounds.

Withdrawing cash from ATMs with your credit or debit card abroad can be expensive – so it’s best to check out the fees and there are some cards that offer this service for free up to certain limits.

Keep your electronics charged up

Be sure to remember to pack your phone charger with the correct plug!

Bringing along an international converter plug might also be a good idea if needed. Some hotels will offer than at the reception desk if you forgot to bring one along and we are also seeing more with USB ports alongside plug sockets – making it super handy to keep devices topped up.

We would also recommend you pack a backup battery pack, as you can run down your battery faster than usual if you are using maps to find your way around and listening to podcasts in airports to pass time.

Using your phone abroad

If your phone is unlocked, you may want to buy an international SIM card.

Some mobile operators offer roaming services in other countries and these can be a cheaper alternative to using your local provider abroad while ensuring that emergency calls are still possible.

Pack clothes that are appropriate for the climate of your destination

The secret here is layers! You can always add or remove a layer depending on the situation. Train stations, trains, planes, boats, ships, buses… they all keep changing temperatures – so you need to be able to adjust easily too.

Wears sportswear or materials like merino wool can also help with temperature regulation.

Some other items that you need to include are:

  • Shades
  • Hats
  • Comfortable footwear

Bring sunscreen and insect repellent if needed 

Keeping in mind how expensive sunscreen abroad can be, especially if you’re using a high-quality brand like La Roche Posay Anthelios or Clinique – best to pack some in advance.

Insects are not a big issue in many places but if you are traveling to somewhere tropical or intent to be outdoors, it’s best to include insect sprays and creams.

If you’ll be doing a lot of trekking or hiking, it’s best to bring some anti-inflammatories and painkillers.

Bring any medications you need

Don’t forget these if you need then and also – if you need contact lens solution – this can sometimes be tricky to find.

Making the journey more comfortable

There are a few items that you can use to make yourself a bit cozier or just to make the commute more bearable!

  • Earplugs
  • Sleep mask

Is there anything else I can do before my trip begins so everything goes smoothly when I’m overseas?

  • Arranging transportation at airports and train stations is important
  • Overall, we recommend packing light when traveling but the items we have mentioned above should be considered essential.

Safe travels!