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Overseas Travel Tips

Updated on September 11, 2014

How to Prepare for Overseas Travel

Did you ever travel overseas? If you are preparing to travel overseas for the first time, you may want to get ready a few months in advance. There is a lot more to think about in preparing for one of these trips: from passports, to luggage, to travel insurance and language, there are a lot of details to take care of.

I am originally form Romania, and I still have a lot of family there, so I often travel overseas, and I've had a few mishaps in my journeys. If an overseas voyage is in your future, keep reading to prepare yourself for a great traveling experience.

Get Your Passport

Do it now!

If you are planning to travel overseas, you definitely need a passport. While there are options to get it faster (by paying extra fees), it's important that you work on this first. After all, you can't travel without a passport.

There are government sites where you can pick up an application, or you can go tot the Postal Office and apply there. To learn more about different scenarios with a passport, check out this site: http://travel.state.gov/passport/faq/faq_1741.html

Carry a Passport Holder With You - It will save you a lot of trouble

Buy a passport holder and you'll never have to worry that it will be taken from you. You can also keep other important information in this holder.

Learn About Your Destination

While some may enjoy the thrill of the unknown, it's best if you prepare yourself. Here are a few ideas:

- learn about the climate of your country of destination

- learn about their currency and the exchange rat

- learn about local cuisine

- find out the be places to visit

- learn about local laws

- find out the address of the US Embassy

That should get you started.

Make Sure You Know Your Currency

What Can You Learn About Your Country of Destination - Get a few books and maps for your trip

I am preparing to go to Ireland and London in just a few weeks, so here are a few books I want to read before I go.

Make a List of Things to Take With You

Start early and keep adding on to it

It's important to make a list with everything you may need for your trip. Start making this list early on, so that you can add to it as you remember things. I have a little trick I use: I start with my head, and go down through my body to think what I need for each body part :) It works very well.

So, this way, I may come up with the following:

- hair things: shampoo, conditioner, clips, barrets, comb, etc.

- face things: makeup, face lotion, eye glasses, tooth paste and tooth brush, etc.

- clothing items: underwear, short and long sleeve blouses, sweater, pants, belt, etc.

- feet items: socks, sneakers, nice shoes, etc.

- and so on...

Of course, don't forget things you can't relate to body parts: prescription, money, camera, laptop, book to read, maps, credit cards, emergency phone numbers, etc.

How to Pack for Your Vacation

Best Luggaage for an Overseas Trip

Depending on the type of trip you are taking, you may want to get a luggage that holds its shape, or a duffel bag. Duffel bags on wheels are much easier to deal with in my opinion, but if you need formal clothes, it won't help. A more sturdy luggage will hold your clothes in better shape, but they'll add to the weight of the luggage, and there is a limit of 50 lb per luggage, and one piece of luggage per traveler.

Carry-On Luggage Packing Tips

Things you must take in your carry-on

You may think there isn't anything special about your carry-on luggage? But it's one of your most important pieces of luggage for your trip. Many times, on international trips luggage gets lost or misplaced, and you want to be prepared. Pack at least one change of clothes in your carry-on. Also pack a couple of days worth of medicine, just in case.

Other things that will make your trip more pleasant:

- a small snack, in case you get hungry. Don't take a lot of food: you may not be allowed with it. But a small pack of crackers, a fruit, etc., may be just what you need while you wait to board the plane.

- moist towelettes: use them to clean up spills, freshen up after a night on the air, or simply disinfecting periodically to stay healthy

- some things to pass the time: a book to read, a game to play, some Sudoku or other word games, etc.

- a small sized lotion

- breath fresheners: mints or gum, depending on your taste.

What not to take:

- liquids in bottles larger than 4 oz

- sharp objects (manicure set isn't acceptable either: I know from experience :()

- fire arms

- explosives

Of course, you knew about that, right?

What other suggestions do you have for a first time overseas traveler?

Have You Travaled Overseas?

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      madoc 5 years ago

      @Susan_Moss_Art: I once had the bright idea of traveling VERY light - no checked baggage and just a portable computer in to which I squeezed a few necessities. I was planning to take advantage of exchange rates, and buy cheap summer clothes in the warm climate I was traveling to. I had to work very hard to persuade the TSA types that the computer wasn't a bomb, as I was traveling with a"suspiciously small amount" of baggage!

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      madoc 5 years ago

      I have done a lot of overseas travel, As well as my passport I have a "vaccination passport" - a little yellow booklet with all my vaccinations and their dates in it. That stays in my "neck safe" with my passport and boarding pass. My other life-saver is a set of universal plugs so I can plug all my gizmos into other people's electricity systems.

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      Susan_Moss_Art 6 years ago

      Try to travel as light as you can. It is so much easier when you have to pull your bags off airline roundabouts or up or down stairs. You'll be surprised how little you really need to take with you. I always take some washing liquid in a small container to do my smalls. Use one of the towels in the bathroom to wrap up the wet clothes, then I stomp on them to get the excess water out. You will be surprised how quickly things then dry on the hotel room bathroom clothes line. Then some things only need a press, mostly you can get an iron from housekeeping.

      Also photocopy your passport page with your info on it and credit cards and leave a copy with your family and take one with you put keep it separate to where you carry your passport and cc's.

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Yes and its good to learn not only about local laaws, but local customs as well, just so you don't offend anyone. Very informative lens.