The Ultimate International Travel Checklist

Whether you are going on a two week holiday or a long term trip, International Travel seems to make us “panic” more about what we’re forgetting. Did I lock the door? Did I turn off the hair straightener? Do I have my passport?

Your head begins to spin and then the doubt sets in! Before you start second-guessing yourself, have a look at my international travel checklist.

THE IMPORTANT STUFF CHECKLIST

PASSPORT

Make sure you have at least 6 months validity left and enough pages in your passport.

Do not be stuck in an airport because your passport is about to expire or you don’t have any pages left in your passport.

SAFETY

Before you leave, find out if there are any safety concerns in the country you are going to. Most governments put out warnings to their citizens about countries that are considered a risk. If you’re an Australia (or even if you’re not), you can have a look at Smart Traveller. This website provides travel advice on all possible countries.

World Nomads also have a fantastic travel page that outlines alerts, scams and general safety information to keep you informed.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Make sure you have checked whether you need a visa. Visa requirements differ depending on the country you are from, a lot of countries have “visa on arrival options”, but some require you to apply 8 weeks before you arrive in the country.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Ensure you have the correct amount of cover for the country you are going to and the length of the trip. I use World Nomads because you can change the length of your cover and the type of cover when you’re on the road. Their prices are also very competitive and what they cover for is extensive.

VACCINATIONS

Around 12 weeks before heading off on your trip go to your local doctor and ask them what sort of Vaccinations you will need. Keep in mind, the sort of environments you will be in, are you going to be in the cities or in the mountains in Thailand, and the types of activities you will be doing, are you going to be interacting with wild monkeys or just sightseeing. This is important when determining the types of vaccinations you are going to need.

THE MONEY CHECKLIST

LOCAL CURRENCY

I always make sure I have a small amount of the local currency before I arrive in the country I am going to. There is nothing worse than getting off a long flight and not having any cash to pay for the bus or a phone call for a taxi.

YOUR OWN CURRENCY

Always keep a small amount of your home currency on your for emergencies. I keep around $100 dollars in my purse in case I’m stuck without local currency and there are no ATMs.

CREDIT CARDS

Make sure you get a credit that DOES NOT charge international transaction fees. If you are using a credit card and you are given the option of paying in your home currency or in the local currency, always choose the local currency. If you choose the local currency your bank’s conversion rate is applied and this is normally better than the conversion rate of the machine/local bank

KEEP YOUR MONEY IN DIFFERENT PLACES

You do not want to keep all of your money in one place and have your bag stolen. If you are staying in a hotel that you trust or that has a safe, perhaps keep some of your money in the hotel rather than walking around with lots of money. If you’re travelling with a partner, have half the money each just in case one of you loses or has your money stolen.

As a general rule, try not to carry too much cash on you at one time.

LEAVING THE HOUSE CHECKLIST

TURN OFF….

Water – in case of a flood there will be minimal damage

All plugs and outlets – most electronics use electricity even in stand by mode

BILLS, BILLS, BILLS

Ensure you have someone to pay your bills or make sure your direct debits are set up correctly. Before you leave to see if there are any bills you can pause, for example, your phone or internet bills.

OTHER HOUSEHOLD REMINDERS

Have your mail collected or held at the post office. If you are travelling for more than a month consider having your mail redirected to a friends or relatives house.

Make sure you let someone know where you are going and update them whilst you are on the road. Travelling on a whim and without plans is always fun and exciting. However, ensure that you have some who knows where you are in case of emergencies.

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