Checklist for International Travel

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Checklist for getting ready for international trips
International travel is fun and rewarding, but getting ready to go, particularly if you haven’t
traveled often, can be a lot of work. The key is to start getting ready early so that you aren’t
rushed, have time to problem solve anything that comes up, and leave for your trip feeling
rested and prepared.
Three months before departure
__ If you don’t have a passport, apply for one (see
http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html for instructions)
__ If you do have a passport, check the expiration date – it needs to be valid for at least 6
months after you return. Renew if necessary
__ Look at visa requirements and plan to get visa
__ Look at the packing list. If there is anything you need to buy, start watching the internet and
your local stores for sales
__ If you haven’t gotten your airplane ticket yet, start looking at airfares. Set up an “Alert” on
kayak.com or whatever website you use
One month before departure
__ Think about how you want to stay in touch. See Appendix A for a comprehensive discussion
of the choices.
__ Determine whether you need a plug adapter or a voltage transformer or both. See Appendix
B for details
Two weeks before departure
__ Start packing. Your suitcase should be completely packed at least a week before you leave
__ Buy the snacks you know you’ll miss
One week before departure
__ Call your bank and let them know when and where you are traveling
__ Call your credit card company and let them know when and where you are traveling
__ Go to the bank and get a supply of new $1 bills for incidental tipping
__ Arrange a stop on the mail and the paper if needed
__ Make 2 copies of your passport and credit cards you plan to take. Leave one set with your
emergency contact, put the other in a secure place that is separate from where you’re
carrying the originals.
One day before departure
__ Pack the things you couldn’t pack before because you use them daily: chargers for any
electronic gadgets, gadgets, toiletries, nightclothes
__ Put your ticket, passport, money and credit cards someplace where you can’t forget to take
them
__ If you have an early departure, lay out the clothes you intend to wear
__ Take a deep breath, congratulate yourself for being prepared, and go to bed early
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