Simple Tips Before International Travel

I thought I would jot down a few tips for both business and vacation travelers that are starting to explore and travel again since the COVID waves and infection rates seem to be calming down right now.

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Tip #1: Plan and understand your destination requirements.

Every country is different and do your research well in advance. The Internet is your friend.

They all have different entry requirements and paperwork, see below!

Tip #2: Get your Passport and VISA ready

Many countries do require Visas and sometimes that can take time and process. I personally use and recommend iVisa is which is a great choice in workie through your needs in this area.

Tip #3: Understand their COVID vaccine and testing requirements

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I know some people do not like this, but countries do have different documentation and attestation requirements for vaccine, PCR testing, quarantine, etc. based on your length of stay, citizenship, etc.

Tip #4: Power Adapters

Here is an easy one to forget about when traveling internationally again: will you need power adapters?

Not all countries are the same and it is important to have the right adapter/sockets for your electronics, chargers, etc. before you travel. Although many airport stores have these, they are often very expensive.

Tip #5: Luggage Trackers

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I have discussed this topic before earlier this year: have good luggage tracker(s). Yes, the airports and airlines are getting a little better about managing all the luggage, but if you are risk averse and want to chance checking luggage through multiple connections, I recommend considering luggage trackers to monitor the state of your luggage closely.

Tip #6: Always pack a change of clothes in carry-on

If check luggage, it is a best practice to have at least one day of clothes refresh in carry on. There can be delays and cancelations in many flights and logistics and let’s not forget about lost luggage! Even if you have a delay or lost luggage, you can much easily survive if you have a 1-day refresh in your carry-on.

Tip #7: Medicine and basic toiletries in carry-on

Similar to number #6 above, make sure you have your medication and basic toothbrush, travel deodorant, toothpaste, etc. in carry so you can be ready if there is lost luggage, delays, etc. You can survive almost all scenarios when you have these items ready in your carry-on.

Tip #8: Use services/apps like International SOS

I think International SoS can provide the best information on every country and contacts for when emergencies occur and you may need help.

Tip #9: Register your trip with your embassy

As we have seen in the news, many situations and weather can change quickly and unexpectedly around the world. It is very helpful with a disaster or dangerous event occurs for your embassy to know where you are and how to contact you. In the United States, it is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

Tip #10: Pack your passport early!

The final obvious, but very important tip, is to pack your password, paperwork, identity cards, and even your ATM/credit cards early in your carry-on so you know that will NOT be forgotten or last minute!

I some people find this valuable reminders and best practices as we start to travel internationally again. I will have some new reviews and sites to share soon!

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