The Complete International Travel Checklist

Going on an overseas trip? Take a look at this international travel checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything for your trip.

Travel Documents and Financial Items

The most important factor in an international trip is ensuring you have all of the necessary documents. This is a list of not only the documents needed to even go on the trip but also some other ones that can be lifesavers.

  • Passport/Visas: Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have the necessary visas for where you’re going
  • Personal ID: Driver’s license or student ID are good examples
  • Health insurance cards/documents
  • Reservations and Itineraries: Print them off, as well as save them to your phone
  • Emergency contacts
  • Copies of all of these, just in case
  • Credit cards and cash

Electronics

Technology plays an important part in almost everything we do nowadays, and travel is no exception. With electronic boarding passes, GPS, and communication apps, making sure you have the necessary technology is vital to your trip’s success. Check to see if you have all of the items in this part of the international travel checklist.

  • Phone and charger
  • Laptop or other devices (don’t forget the chargers)
  • Headphones (noise canceling ones work best)
  • Camera, memory card, and charger
  • Portable charger
  • International adapter

Clothing

Although clothing tends to differ depending on where you are traveling, below is a basic list of apparel that will come in handy no matter where you are. The amount of each will, of course, depend on where you’re going, as well as how long you will be there.

  • Lightweight clothing (important for layering)
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweater
  • Shorts
  • At least 1 pair of pants
  • Light jacket (for cool nights, windy days or rainy afternoons)
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Comfortable shoes

Safety

A key component of pulling off a successful trip is taking all of the necessary safety precautions. Look below to see if you have what you need to protect you and your belongings.

  • Travel insurance: It costs just a fraction of what the trip does, and will have you covered in the off-chance something goes wrong (so it’s best to include it in your international travel checklist)
  • Luggage lock
  • Share your travel plans with your family

Toiletries

Make sure that you have all of the toiletry essentials for your trip. Better to pack them and have them on-hand than to leave some out and face a surprise when you arrive at your destination.

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Small bottles of body wash, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Hair products
  • Lotion/Moisturizer
  • Facewash
  • Personal medication

Include the Flight Pack in Your International Travel Checklist

This is an unknown, yet crucial item to have on any flight. Get the most out of your trip by minimizing jet lag. With the Flight Pack by ERW, you can say goodbye to the low energy feeling, daytime fatigue, and stomach problems that plague many travelers for their first few days.

It comes in an easy-to-use, three-part package. Simply drink each part at the required time, which will be before, during, and after your flight to stay hydrated, minimize jet lag and get the most out of your day of arrival. Get early access to the Flight Pack here.

Travel Apps

These can seem unnecessary, but it’s always great to have them just in case. They can offer valuable information about where you’re traveling, and make your trip even more enjoyable. Even though they aren’t physical items, they are important parts of the international travel checklist.

  • Google Trips: Easily store all of your travel information in one place with Google Trips. You have offline access to it, as well as customized tours, restaurants, and famous sites near your hotel
  • XE Currency Converter: Provides accurate currency exchange rates, and allows you to store them offline. You’ll always know if you’re getting a good deal when you have this app
  • Google Translate: You might very well find yourself in a situation where the language barrier comes into effect. Google Translate comes with over 100 languages, and you can download selected ones for offline use. Get yourself out of awkward situations by being able to communicate through the app
  • Google Maps: When you’re going to a different country, you could probably use a helping hand to make sure you're on the right path. Google Maps allows you to find your way around new cities. You can even download maps for different areas and store them for offline use.
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