Are you planning any overseas travel this Spring or Summer?
We hope so!
Traveling is amazing and a great way to expand our understanding of the world and ourselves. If this is your first overseas trip there are a few things you want to be sure to pack.
Essential Items for Overseas Travel
There are so many things to you can take with you when traveling. Chances are you will lay it all out on your bed and agonize over how many shirts and which shoes, and “do I really need my favorite blue scarf?”
Wardrobe aside, there are other essentials that are really important that you should always pack for overseas travel.
1. Emergency Medical Plan
Is that like a first aid kit? No, it’s even better. It is a whole team of people who will bring the world’s best first aid kit–an entire medical plane–to your rescue if you get sick or injured while traveling.
“But I have health insurance–I don’t need this.”
Actually, your health insurance doesn’t work the same once you travel 150 miles away from home. You aren’t guaranteed the same medical care. That’s why an emergency medical plan is essential. Plus, it will make your loved ones feel better knowing you are protected and will be taken care of.
Don’t have a plan?…
2. Medications, Prescriptions and Supplements
Talk to your doctor before you go and make sure you have enough supply of your regular medications. It can often be difficult or impossible to get prescriptions refilled while overseas. You also might not be able to find your favorite supplements and vitamins–so pack enough of those too.
Oh, and pack them in your carry on or purse–not your checked luggage–just in case that gets lost.
3. Travel Documents
There is more paperwork to worry about with overseas travel. Be sure to make copies of your passport and other important documents.
Related: A Checklist for International Travel
4. Local Currency
It is a lot cheaper and less of a hassle to get money converted to the local currency of your destination BEFORE you go. Airports usually have the highest exchange rates because they know you just waited until the last minute. Check with your bank well in advance of your departure date.
Related: Understanding Exchange Rates
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