International Travel Checklist
created on Jan 1, 2012
Apply for your passport with all visas well ahead of departure. If you already have one, be sure that it is valid and that your renewal date falls well after you return.
Reconfirm your arrival dates via fax or emails to your hotels or other accommodations, especially if they are going to pre-arrange any transportation services.
Cancel newspaper deliveries and arrange for the post office to hold mail delivery.
Arrange for a sitter, or for boarding.
Arrange a house sitter, or someone to water plants and keep an eye on things.
Keep them handy at all times.
This are important in case the country requires return verification.
You may also need a an international driver's license.
Possibly also pre-purchased foreign currency available at your local bank.
Use these for all purchases except tipping or smaller transactions.
Include all telephone numbers and addresses for destinations.
Important for items such as a laptop so there can be no question of ownership.
Have two of everything in case one set gets lost!
Find out if your medical insurance is valid in other countries in case of an emergency. If not, consider purchasing a travel medical insurance policy.
Some automobile insurance coverage is portable to other countries. If your coverage is portable, you can save buying car rental liability insurance.
These should all be clearly marked and in childproof containers.
Include salt tablets for arid countries.
These should state any allergies or medical conditions.
Plain and durable is best.
Be familiar with basic terms.
Be sure to set it and your watch on local time.
Most countries uses 220 volts.
Hair dryers, curling irons and electric razors.
This comes in handy in case of a blackout.
Leave a copy with family or a friend
Including all pages and photo and all other travel documentation
Any cards you will not be using, leave at home.
Other than your wedding rings and watch, any other jewelry should be costume.
Really, any sharp object that may be mistake as a weapon.
Also check on any future flights, hotels or car rentals.
Have enough small currency for tipping and small purchases. Banks normally give the best exchange rate.
Register with the Embassy for visits beyond a few days.
Know where to go in case of a fire.
Call the desk to be sure your phone works.
Be sure that they work. Never leave your room key at the front desk.
Inquire with hotel staff which sources of public transportation are the most economical and the most reliable.
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