There are a lot of things to remember when travelling abroad. Air tickets, hotel accommodations, and rental cars might be the only thing you remember when preparing to travel overseas. However, putting into consideration these aspects of your trip is only the tip of the iceberg. To enjoy a smooth and stress-free journey, you will have to do some things before you travel. Take enough time to plan for your trip to maximise your time abroad. Here are five things you should do before your international trip.
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Get a Passport
It is essential that you apply for your passport some months before travelling, particularly when you need visas from overseas embassies. The passport application process is quite simple. However, bureaucratic matters sometimes get in the way, and the process can take longer than anticipated. You might need to apply for the passport personally at your local passport agency, so ensure that you check the specific requirements before starting the process. But if you already have a passport, take two copies and leave one behind with someone you trust. This will help you in case you misplace your passport or it gets stolen.
Get the Needed Visas
The process of getting a visa is different in every country, but they all have one thing in common, they are tedious and can take a while. So, do some research and confirm if your destination country needs a visa, and if they do, what kind of visa will you need?
Get a Medical Check-up
Before travelling abroad, make sure that you visit the CDC website to confirm the possible health precautions you will need to take. You will find information about any precautions to take with water and food and whether you will need vaccination before travelling.
If you have an existing illness, ensure you carry a letter from your doctor that includes the prescription drugs you are taking and the illness you are suffering from. In addition, you should check with your destination’s foreign embassy to ensure that there are no limitations on your prescription medicines.
Get the Needed Gear for your Electronic Devices
Different countries have different electronic outlets, so it is advisable to carry connectors that will allow you to plug your devices into foreign sockets. It is also worth investing in a good watch that will help you, especially when travelling into a different time zone. Check out the history of the Rolex Batman that navigators and pilots mostly use.
Additionally, if your device is not compatible with a lower or higher electric current, consider purchasing a transformer or leave the device at home. It is also good to invest in portable phone chargers or extra batteries that you can use on your phone and other electronic gadgets.
Have a Travel Insurance
Before your international travel, check your health insurance policy to confirm if it includes any international coverage. If it doesn’t, ensure that you buy a policy that will protect you while abroad, you don’t know what might happen.
Part of the fun of an international trip is that you will be facing the unknown as you break away from your familiar environment. However, following these tips will help you avoid common travel problems. What tips do you have for an international trip? Let me know in the comments below.
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