If you’re planning to travel abroad, you need to take more preparative steps than you would if you were just heading up to the lake house for the weekend. Here’s a look at some of the things you need to bring and some of the things you need to do before you head out on your next trip abroad.
Take photos of important documents and store them in a cloud-based file.
Having your wallet lost or stolen is a real pain, even when it happens in your own backyard. If you’re in another country the frustrations can be multiplied tenfold and you can be in some serious trouble when it comes time to leave. You can give yourself a bit of insurance by taking photographs of important documents (front and back) like your driver’s license, passport, credit cards, etc. Once you’ve got these photos on your smartphone, upload them to a cloud file and delete them from your phone. Now, if something happens to your wallet, phone or both, you’ll be able to access the vital documents you’ll need to get back on track.
Check your phone coverage.
While you’re using your phone to take all the photos of important documents, go ahead and check with your service provider to see what kind of fees you’re looking at for using your phone overseas. Some of these fees can be INSANELY high! If you can upgrade to a limited time plan that will give you additional coverage in other countries, go for it. Another option is to buy an additional SIM card that is specifically made for overseas usage. This is a big cause of frustration for international travelers, so don’t skip this one!
Check the expiration date of your passport.
Nothing will throw a wrench into your travel plans like arriving at the airport, ready to fly back home or to your next destination only to find that your passport has expired. It doesn’t necessarily even have to expire while you’re on vacation. Many countries require your passport to be valid at least six weeks beyond your travel dates before they’ll allow entry.