It’s necessary to be prepared to travel abroad since so many different things can happen. Rather than being taken by surprise, it’s best to plan accordingly for your big trip. Covering all your bases will let you enjoy your trip further; resulting in some great memories that you are bound to never forget.
So before you leave, it’s a good idea to follow this basic checklist to get you prepared. These tips can make all the difference:
- Make sure you have a current passport that isn’t set to expire soon
Did you know that many countries require that a person’s passport to be valid for six months after the return date? That means that even if your passport is currently valid, you need to double-check the timing of your expiration date. It’s recommended that you renew your passport within nine months of it’s expiration—if not sooner. That way, you are guaranteed to travel without a hitch.
If you need to get a passport for the first time, or if you need to renew, check online to find the nearest passport application facility—it’s typically at a post office. You can also check online to find what’s required for the application process. You’ll definitely need your government issued ID, proof of citizenship, fill out a DS-11 application form and get a passport photo. Passports can take up to six weeks to process, so allow yourself enough time to get one.
- Check for travel warnings and advisories
Check to see if there is a travel warning for your destination. Some countries have long-term disputes and issues that make them susceptible to being potentially hazardous to travelers. Also, make note that if you do have travel insurance, most policies will not cover countries under a warning.
- Get all necessary vaccinations
Whatever your destination may be, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention will have a list of vaccination requirements for that area. Check to see if any vaccinations are recommended before you head out. You should get them six weeks before you leave. Also, know what other health risks may impact your destination (i.e.: consuming the water and certain foods). Obviously your physical wellbeing is important while you travel, just as your home’s safety is while you are away from home. Companies like ADT security protects homes 24/7, regardless of where you are geographically. So protect your home and protect your health while you travel.
- Get travel insurance
Travel insurance covers many unforeseeable events. These include: travel delays or cancellations, bad weather, medical emergencies, emergency medical evacuations and more. Regarding the medical emergency portion of the coverage, it is extremely important, since your current health plan won’t work abroad. Food for thought!