It’s a fact – Traveling can broaden your mind, enhance your life and strengthen your connection with the world.
Another fact? Traveling isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially if you’re completely unprepared for it! We advise you start to pre-plan your travel essentials about a week or two before you head out and have a checklist ready. With a checklist, you can mentally map out which items are crucial, the total number of items you’re bringing and you can cross off anything that might not be vital. That’s why we suggest you have a list of travel essentials you need to bring when flying to a new country!
What Do I Bring When Traveling Abroad?
Every person has different tastes and ideas in what makes a trip anywhere comfortable. We took the liberty of jotting down our list of the top 9 things you absolutely should not forget when traveling abroad:
1. Passport, ID Card[s]
Probably one of the most important things you’ll absolutely need when you’re traveling abroad. A valid, up-to-date U.S. Passport will be required to board your flight. Without it, there is surely no chance of you getting the chance to fly outside of the United States!
A passport isn’t the easiest of items to get at first, but as long as you have your birth certificate and SSI card, you’ll be in good shape! And, renewing can typically be done by mail every 10 years! Most definitely an essential travel item to put on your list!
2. Ticket, Itinerary
Once again, your boarding pass and/or ticket will be needed and presented to board your flight. Without it, however, you can walk-up to a check-in kiosk or up to a flight representative and they will be able to print out your boarding pass – assuming you actually bought one and have a valid ID and/or passport to provide identity verification. When it comes to travel essentials for going overseas, this one should be on the top of your travel check list.
3. [Smart] Phone
Though it’s not a huge step below the aforementioned items, having your phone when traveling isn’t necessary for everyone. However, in this day and age, there is an app for just about everything and anything you can think of – and that can benefit your travel.
Whether it’s breaking down the language barrier, finding a place to eat or simply contacting a loved one back home – having your phone is an item that will make your experience a little easier! And hey, how else are you going to show-off that Steve Aoki jump in front of the Eiffel Tower?
4. Cash, Debit & Credit Cards
It’s always a good idea to grab some international currency before you really venture off into a new country and travel abroad. There are still parts of the world that maintain a lack of technological integrity; meaning that credit card you casually swipe in the states won’t be of any use throughout some of the mom and pop shops, businesses and restaurants.
You can easily exchange currency locally through currency converters, at your home airport or at your destination terminal!
5. Portable Charger, International Converter
An international plug converter is truly a savior if you rely on your portable devices like we do. With a GoPro, 3 GoPro batteries, a portable charger & 2 phones, that ability to charge our devices goes a long way! You want to let your mother you’re doing well, right?! Make sure you have one of these plugs on your travel checklist.
6. Efficient Walking Shoes
I’ve made the mistake of buying new shoes before traveling overseas to France and attempting to break them in along our journey. Being the naive adult with young-minded ways, I bought a pair of New Balance SB’s. Pas Bien. I don’t have anything against New Balance [in fact I still have these and some runners], but I recommend going with a pair shoes that are meant to be walked in or to run in.
Solid walking shoes will make the entire experience pleasant, easy and stress-free. Plus, you won’t get battered, blistered and bruised like I did. Walking shoes are a must when traveling and can be worn instead of packed!
7. Medications & Insurance Cards
You should be very self-aware when you’re going somewhere new, especially with your health. If you’re prone to headaches, lacking sleep, easily congested or have sensitive sinus’ then it’s highly advised you bring any prescribed medications and insurance along with when you’re traveling. God forbid you end up in a scenario where you’re just sick and cannot communicate this in another country or language. Having a step ahead in terms of your health will make travel 100% better. Identify if you need vaccinations prior to your trip and ensure that you’re prepared
8. Side-bag [1-strap, fanny pack, etc.]
A recommended item is a 1-strap side-bag or a fanny pack. With it securely wrapped across your chest or in front of your waist, these provide easy access to your essentials while keeping them covert and safe. I’ve had the same bag I purchased on Amazon years ago and it’s easily the most convenient way to carry goods that aren’t the best of fits within your pant pockets.
I’ve heard stories of pick-pocketing and this precaution, in our opinion, can minimize the chance of that happening.
9. Basic Greetings
Another item on the travel list that might not be an absolute must-bring on your journey. But, I will say, learning even the most basic sayings and greetings prior to going to a new country will not only be fulfilling, but it’ll truly enlighten your overall experience. I cannot express enough how much locals appreciate the effort an American takes to learn even a little about their culture.
Generally, you’ll want to know: Hello, Please, Thank You & Goodbye
Do Your Research When Traveling Abroad: Read, Learn, Talk, Watch & Enjoy!
With that, it’s highly advised you do a little [or a lot] of research before you set journey. Soak in some knowledge about the new country you plan on visiting. Indulge in restaurants with Michelin Stars! Explore landmarks. Talk to locals. Obtain some history, origins, stories and find some food to try! Traveling abroad and to new countries needs to be cherished. It’s an experience where you shouldn’t feel stress whatsoever!
Is there anything else you think is an absolute must bring when you travel abroad? Let us know!