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How to Prepare For a Trip Abroad

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You’ve just booked your perfect vacation. You’re ready for a new and exciting country. You’ve pictured beautiful locations and yummy food. What happens when things go wrong. A lost passport, lost medicine, credit card not working, or even a natural disaster? Planning a trip abroad is more than choosing the fun location. It involves the everyday logistics that you’ll need to have a great trip. Preparation is key.


Research your destination

 Research! Research! Research! Visiting a new country is very exciting. There are many things to learn about like  weather, insects, animals, and food. Weather is important because it can have immediate complications. If you’re visiting Kansas in May, you will really want to know what to do when the siren goes off. Insects are another challenge. Many insects carry diseases so it’s important to learn how to repel them. During this research you should learn if there are any recommended vaccines.


Register Your Trip

Many governments, including the United States, Canada, and Australia advise you to register your trip. This helps your country keep you updated on safety issues you may face, helps them locate you in the event of an emergency, and also helps your friends and family reach you. Let’s face it, life happens even when you’re on vacation. You could be injured or impacted by a natural disaster. This registration could be very important.


Travel Insurance

Traveling outside of your country can be very expensive. The best protection you can have is travel insurance. This works like most typical insurance policies. The fees and coverages range vary, so it’s important to talk with an agent to determine your needs. Travel Insurance policies can cover lost luggage, missed flights, medical issues, passport issues, and even trip cancellation.


To Do…


  • Passport- Apply for a passport 6-8 weeks before traveling. If you have a passport be sure it is correct.
  • Credit Cards- Notify your bank of your travels to insure your cards can be used there and that your cards don’t get flagged for fraud.
  • Vaccines- Speak with your healthcare provider to see if you need any recommended vaccines.
  • Medication- Be sure to have enough clearly labeled medication. Check with the country you’re visiting to see if they have any restrictions.
  • Travel advisories- Check for travel safety advisories or warnings.
  • Make sure your electronics will work abroad. Buy adaptors if needed.
  • Prepare how to get local currency.
  • Learn at least common phrases or their language. Make a cheat sheet if needed.
  • Prepare a list of contact numbers in the event of a disaster, such as your embassy.
  • Print and have copies of your identification, travel documents, and hotel information.
  • Plan a route of how to get from the airport to your hotel.
  • Put a hold on your mail if you plan on traveling for more than seven days.
  • Gather entertainment for your travel such as books or movies.
  • Take care of bills before you travel.
  • Check your phone and data information.
  • Pack for the weather


Here Comes the Fun

Now it’s time to plan for fun. There are many websites out there where you can see what other travelers have done while visiting. You will be able to see their ratings, reviews, and tips. Gather a list of the top attractions and research them through a few different sites. You’ll be able to see how much the attraction is, how to get there, what to wear, and what to expect.


Your trip abroad should be fun and exciting. Preparing for your trip is key to having a successful trip. Research your destination, how you are traveling to that destination, and how to stay up to date with your home country.  Enjoy your trip!

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