There’s a lot to plan when you take an international trip. So much, in fact, that it’s easy to leave some essentials behind. You might not even realize until you arrive at your destination that you could have prepared a bit more and avoided some expenses. Wherever you’re going on your next journey, remember these important things that people tend to forget when traveling.
If you want to avoid major fees while traveling, be careful about how you exchange currency. Ideally, you’ll find the best exchange rates from local banks and credit unions before departing. You can also check rates through a currency converter online. With these services, you purchase foreign currency and receive it at home. If you go with this option, note that the exchange rates might not be as good as they seem, since you’ll have to pay delivery charges.
If you forget to exchange currency before you leave, avoid airport exchange services if possible. The stores you’ll find there are notorious for steep fees and awful exchange rates. If you can, wait until you reach your destination. If your bank has an international branch or ATM in the city, you can withdraw local currency for a small fee. Some banks don’t charge a fee at all for this service.
Emergency Medical Services
What happens if you’re injured while traveling in another country? Though most people don’t imagine that they’ll be hurt while vacationing, failing to consider this possibility could leave you stuck with a huge bill for medical transport services. A short-term or annual membership with MedjetAssist will cover the cost of medical transport to your home country should you need inpatient care abroad.
Even if you remember your laptop and phone chargers, you could find that the voltage or outlets in your destination city aren’t compatible with your devices. For example, in Europe, it’s common for outlets to provide 220 volts to power appliances. In America, however, homes typically use 110 volts for appliances. Pack adaptors for Type E/F, Schuko plugs, or whatever outlets are common in the country you’re visiting. If you’re a frequent traveler, it’s likely better to invest in a universal travel adaptor that can be used in dozens of countries.
Common Small Items
With so much to plan and pack, it’s easy to forget smaller items. Unfortunately, without these things in your luggage, your vacation may not be as convenient as you’d hoped. Check that you’ve packed these commonly forgotten items:
- Hand sanitizer
- Medicine (any prescriptions, plus things like ibuprofen and cold and allergy medicines)
- Passport, credit cards, and other identification cards
- Phone, camera, and laptop chargers
- Toothpaste, hairbrush, sunscreen, and other toiletries
- Rain jacket
Much like currency conversion stores, you’ll find these items come at a higher price in hotels and airports. To save money, purchase these essentials before leaving.
Vacationing is a wonderful opportunity to unwind and recover. However, failing to plan ahead can quickly turn a trip from relaxing to anxiety-inducing. To make the most of your next trip, double-check that you haven’t forgotten any of the above essentials.
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