Adventuring abroad should be an exciting and fairly seamless experience – if you've planned well. Below is a checklist of items that will help you stay on track and ensure that you trip is as problem-free as possible.
Prior to Your Adventure
- Ensure that your passport and other pertinent documentation is up to date and complies with the rules and regulations of the country you are visiting.
- Visit your doctor for a checkup and prescription renewal. This is also the time to ensure that you have all of the vaccinations required for visiting the country or countries you'll be in.
- Prepare a written document that shows when you will be leaving, where you are going at each stop, and when you will be returning. You may also need to provide proof of income.
- If traveling by plane, check into your airport online and print off your boarding pass. This will save you a lot of time.
What to Pack
This will rely heavily when and where you're traveling to on you adventure. At the very least:
- Two pairs of non-wrinkle pants (i.e. denim and khaki pants).
- One skirt (in case you have a night out).
- Three or four basic tops (roll them up to prevent wrinkles).
- One fancy top (in case you visit an upscale establishment).
- Socks and underwear (pack one pair a day of each unless planning on doing laundry).
- Bathing suit.
- Toiletries (i.e. deodorant, soaps, shampoos, razors, etc.).
- Medications (separate medications by day when you are settled into your hotel, especially if traveling overseas).
- Entertainment (i.e. tablet, magazines, Sudoku puzzles, etc.).
- First aid kit.
- List of contacts, including family members, friends, and doctors.
- Money belt.
What you do and don't pack will depend heavily on what your accommodations will provide you with while traveling abroad and what your intentions of travel are. Visiting Michigan in January likely won't call for sunscreen, but visiting Puerto Vallarta may. As soon as you make your travel plans, start making a list of items to bring so you can be sure that you're ready to take off when the day comes. Planning ahead makes your trip much more enjoyable and stress free!