Trip Preparation:

  1. Make sure you’ve got a print out of all Airline tickets (some countries require round trip ticket for entry)
  2. Make sure you’ve got correct visas for the country you are visiting and that your passport is valid
  3. Passports – check the expiration date two months before your trip
  4. Get the proper Vaccinations done
  5. Take a print out of Tickets, Travel and Hotel reservations, and list of other important contact numbers. Take your important documents and money in a wallet or purse that you can access at all times
  6. Make sure to take Travel insurance which is valid for the entire duration of your trip
  7. Take some identity proof such as Driver’s license and insurance cards (leave unnecessary cards at home)
  8. Take some passport size photos. You may need a photo to obtain passes, permits, etc.
  9. Take enough money or foreign currency (Currency, Forex cards). Carry some cash hidden for emergency purposes
  10. Take only important keys with you like – house keys. Leave unnecessary keys at home
  11. Get an understanding of the weather expected at the places you are travelling to decide on appropriate clothing
  12. Stop the newspaper and mail
  13. Check the refrigerator and discard foods that will spoil if you are gone for several days
  14. Arrange for someone to water your plants and take care of your pets
  15. Make sure that luggage has a tag with your name, address, and telephone number

Personal items to carry:

  1. Shirts, tops, pants, dresses, hats, coats, sweaters, rain protection – travel umbrella or raincoat
  2. Toiletries, cosmetics, shaving needs, deodorant, shampoo, contact lens preparations
  3. Slippers, sleeping bag, backpack
  4. Voltage converter, flashlight, travel alarm clock, hair drier, camera, batteries, Cell phone and charger
  5. Medicines such as First Aid, aspirin or analgesic, decongestant or cold medication, antiseptic spray, anti-diarrheal, mosquito repellent, anti-itch cream, any other special medications

Items to Leave back with friends or relatives:

  1. Your itinerary and important contact numbers
  2. Copy of your passport (photo and visa pages) and other travel documents
  3. Duplicate house keys