Traveling out of the country for the first time can be exciting, but it can be overwhelming too. There are so many tasks to remember to take care of before you go and forgetting something can cause big problems. In your rush to get everything ready, make sure you do not forget these five essential tasks.
1. Obtain all Necessary Paperwork
When traveling out of the country, you will likely need a lot of paperwork. In addition to a passport, you may need a travel visa, plane boarding tickets, hotel confirmation papers and shot records. Make sure you do not forget any of your important paperwork by assembling it all in one bright folder; then you will only have one folder to keep track of, instead of multiple pieces of paperwork. You may also consider making a copy of everything in the folder to leave with a trusted friend or family member at home in case your folder gets lost or stolen.
2. Secure Traveler’s Insurance
Even the best laid plans can go awry: your luggage may be lost, your wallet may be stolen, or your trip may be cancelled altogether at the last minute. Protect yourself from the effects of unwelcome surprises by securing traveler’s insurance before you go. Traveler’s insurance can help protect you in case of illness, injury, or evacuation among other potential problems.
3. Install a Home Security System
Don’t spend your whole trip worrying about what will happen to your home while you were gone. With a home automation system, you can make sure your doors are locked and your lights are off no matter where you are. With a home security system, you can focus on having a good time instead of worrying about your home.
4. Get Your Funds Ready to Go
If you are planning on using credit or debit cards to finance your trip, avoid the embarrassment and hassle of having your cards declined by alerting your credit card company or bank prior to your trip. Check what sorts of fees your card charges for overseas use and if it is even able to be used overseas. If you are planning on using cash for your trip, check the current currency exchange rate prior to leaving to make sure that you exchange your money for the right amount. You can do this using a machine or better yet, an honest person!
5. Research the Area
Make the most of your trip by researching the area ahead of time. Know what local landmarks and attractions you will want to visit. Figure out ahead of time how you will get around. Research the rules of etiquette for the area so you do not accidentally offend the locals. The more you know, the more prepared you will be to have a great trip.
On your first trip out of the country you are bound to forget a detail or two. Make sure it is not one of the most important details by checking off all these five items from your to-do list first.