Travelling international can be exciting, but, the key to a good trip is good planning. Whether you’re new to travel or need a refresher go through the checklist below before heading off on your adventure!
1. MAKE SURE YOUR PASSPORT IS VALID
Check to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from your return date. Most countries will not let a traveller enter the country when your passport is about to expire.
If you are a frequent traveller check to make sure you still have enough blank pages.
2. CHECK VISA REQUIREMENTS
Check to see if the country(s) you are travelling to requires a visa or how long you can stay in that country without needing to get a visa.
For my fellow Aussies, you can check visa requirements here.
3. CHECK IF YOU NEED ANY VACCINATIONS
Depending on where you are travelling to you may need to get some vaccinations or booster shots. Visit your doctor to see what you have and what you may need to get. Check this early as some shots can take a few weeks before they become effective.
4. PURCHASE A TRAVEL ADAPTOR
You will need a travel adaptor to use your electronics in another country. Depending on their voltage you may also need a converter. Devices that heat like hair dryers and straighteners can “blown up” and break by the different power voltages so decided if this is something you really need to take.
You can what adapters you need here.
5. APPLY FOR TRAVEL MONEY CARDS
Using your normal bank card can leave you with huge international transaction fees, however, travel money cards have little to no fees. Check with your bank to see what they can offer you. Normally the big banks offer a slightly lower conversion rate, however, all transfers can be done through your banking app on your phone and you will have access to the money straight away instead of waiting x amount of business days for the money to clear, this can definitely make up for the conversion rates. Click here to find out how to choose the right travel money card.
6. ORDER FOREIGN CASH
As well as having a travel money card it’s always handy to order in foreign cash to have on hand. In Australia, you can order this through Australia Post and can be collected within a couple business days.
7. LET YOUR BANK KNOW YOUR TRAVEL PLANS
It’s always best to inform your bank where you a travelling and your travel dates. The last thing you want is for the bank to cancel your cards for suspicious overseas activity.
8. PRINT AND SHARE YOUR DOCUMENTS AND ITINERARIES
Before you leave print off a hard copy of your travel documents and put these in your carry on luggage to have as a back up if you don’t have internet access or a have a flat battery. Also, leave a copy of your passport, flights, insurance and your itinerary with a family member in case of emergencies and email them to yourself to have electronic copies in case your passport or cards are stolen.
Have a good trip!