Prepping for the Holidays – What Should You Bring on a Big International Trip?

With travel restrictions lessening worldwide, tons of exciting holidays are coming up that are available once again. If you are traveling outside of the U.S., it is imperative to keep a to-do list of what to bring along. Whether your destination is a fancy ski resort in Switzerland or a chilly island excursion in Japan, some standard printed documents are necessary for any international trip.

Your first and most important item should be your passport. Regardless of where you are traveling, it goes without saying that having your passport is the only official way foreign entities can identify your citizenship. To be doubly careful, print out a small wallet-size version of your passport in order to prevent any unnecessary airport headaches. United States Embassies usually require your passport and a secondary form of identification to provide any substantial help if serious misfortune strikes your trip.

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The following items, which are intangible but equally important, include a data plan/SIM card pertaining to the country you’re traveling to, a downloaded map on either Google maps or your standard online map of the locations you plan on visiting, and approval from your bank for foreign transactions. All three of these are vital for ensuring your trip runs smoothly. Most SIM cards are available at airports worldwide, but clearing a plan with your carrier prior to your trip is the best way to guarantee cell phone access. Downloading your travel destinations on your preferred navigation app is important to do as an application like Google maps can be quite slow to load if your connection is bad. The last thing you want to happen is to be stranded on a road with no way of knowing where to go because your phone cannot load a map. Finally, your bank may charge you or even outright decline credit card purchases if they believe a purchase is fraudulent since you are outside your home country. Make sure to inform your bank at least a week prior to your trip to give the bank time to process your request.

Finally, make sure you have some form of physical currency. If everything goes wrong, you should have a healthy backup of cash to keep yourself going for at least a day. Some foreign countries (looking at you, Germany) greatly dislike credit card use and prefer to enforce exclusive cash rules so it’s best to stay safe and pack some money you can keep tucked in your wallet.

Holidays are a great time to get out and take the trip of your dreams. Help yourself stay safe by following the above tips, and check out our blog for future insights. We at AllStuff wish you a happy holiday season!

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