Your Ultimate Travel Checklist Guide

Your Ultimate Travel Checklist Guide

Traveling, whether by yourself or with a group, it’s always important to have a checklist of items to be in control of–and not just your packing list. The term “know before you go” has an important meaning on safety that should not be overlooked. If you are traveling to another country, know before you go. Know the laws, know the currency, know the transportation. Here are several important things you should be aware of while traveling:

Be Aware of Travel Alerts

Check the weather daily before you depart to know of any travel alerts. The State Department issues Travel Warnings if there are ever any needs to postpone travels, such as air or rail. These alerts might have a number of reasons, usually relating to weather or flooding, but sometimes dangerous activity or bad relations between countries could inhibit your travels.

Bring All Required Documents

If you don’t think you need it, bring just in case. You must present a valid ID and passport if traveling to and from the U.S. He will also need the passport to reenter the U.S. so have a secure place to keep it on your trip.

Before you book your trip, check your passport. Does it expire soon? Will you need renewal before you leave?

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Have all necessary contact information with you, and make sure to always let people know where you are going–even if you aren’t traveling alone. It’s good to let family memebers know where you will be heading.

If ever your family is nervous about your safety or needs to get ahold of you due to an emergency, they call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after business hours). Let your family and friends know about these numbers and resources.

Make Photocopies of Your Itinerary and Travel Documents

In the unfortunate event that your travel documents are lost or stolen, it’s essential to make photocopies of them–this includes your passport, your itinerary, your airline ticket, your hotel information, etc. For example, this may not help you board your plane, but it will prove you actually had the ticket at one point, and the airline can look up your previous purchases through them.

Store your photocopies in sepearate bags, so that if you lose one bag, you have a spare.

Handling Money Overseas

Understand the exchange rate and currency for the country your are traveling to. Figure out the exchange–is more money less, or less money more? If you must carry cash, be extremely responsbile with it and know where you keep it at all times.

Learn Local Laws

Just becasue laws are one way in the U.S. does not mean they are the same everywhere else. When you are in another country, you are subject to those laws. Foreign laws and legal systems are vastly different than the U.S., so it’s important to be aware of your actions and what is and what isn’t acceptable.

Health and Vaccinations

For some countries, the U.S. requires you to be up-to-date on your vaccinations and some countries will not allow you to enter without proving that you have the required vaccinations. Some countries have other diseases that we as U.S. citizens may not be used to. Check with your doctor about which vaccines you should have done for the country you plan to visit.

About the Author: Kevin is a guest contributor from Our Finesse Collection, an innovative travel service helping travelers find unique hotels, resorts, and lodges throughout the world.