Going on a long international trip means you should do a couple of preparation steps before you go if you want the whole trip to run smoothly. Otherwise, you may experience a really bad surprise at any point in your trip.
Here are the things you must do before your trip.
1. Check your passport
Make sure your passport is valid for at least six more months and has enough space for additional visas.
Some countries require the passport to be in date for six months after, so be careful, especially if you will be traveling through several countries. If you think you won’t have enough space for additional visas, then you probably should get a new passport with more pages.
2. Get an international driver’s license
An international driver’s license may not be necessary for every country but it’s better to have it just in case. Plus, you may lose your driver’s license during your trip so it’s good to have an alternative to rely on.
3. Check the current health advisories and travel warnings
Check if your country has issued a travel warning or a travel alert for a particular country. Also, you should know that many travel insurance policies will not cover travel to countries with this type of warnings/alert.
4. Buy travel insurance
You never know what may happen while you’re out of your homeland, so you need to get appropriate travel insurance for your international trip. There are numerous travel insurance options but most of them cover medical care, evacuation, lost luggage, as well as trip cancellation.
5. Check your health
Even with good travel insurance, it’s always better to avoid seeking medical help whenever possible. In other words, this means you should have yourself checked before the trip.
Maybe there is a health issue that you can deal with while still at home so that you don’t have to look for a doctor in a foreign country and waste your precious time there. Pay a visit to your dentist as well to make sure there aren’t any dental issues, for example, tooth decay or a bad filing. If you are wearing dental braces, have them checked by a specialist.
6. Get the necessary vaccinations and fill prescriptions
You should check the designated website to find out which vaccines are necessary for your destination and what is the current health information on the country. Any necessary shots should be administered at least 6 weeks before your trip.
You should also find out whether the tap water in the country you’re traveling to is safe for drinking, as well as what types of food should you better avoid there.
Lastly, check which prescription drugs are permitted in the country so that you are not left without the medications you take on a regular basis.
7. Get the proper visa
It may seem obvious but you may be surprised with just how often the visa gets forgotten about. More precisely, many people get turned away because they don’t have a proper visa – in this case, the traveler has to stay at the airport and go back home on the next flight, which could cost thousands of dollars.
8. Fill your wallet
Choose carefully what you will put in your wallet and take with you. Take one or two credit cards and inform the issuers before you trip on where exactly you are going. Otherwise, your issuer may deny the card in a foreign country, seeing it as a suspicious activity.
However, you should definitely leave the unnecessary items at home, for example, cards you don’t plan on using during the trip.
9. Pack appropriately
Don’t bring valuables with you, just the necessary electronics. Otherwise, the thieves may be tempted when they see precious jewelry on a tourist. In case you do take anything valuable with you, keep it in a hotel safe.
All your luggage should be tagged individually with your name, address, and phone number.
Long international trips can be stress-free if you prepare well beforehand. Otherwise, it could turn into a nightmare.