Traveling is good for one’s soul; it gives you happiness, unwinds you from stress and work, and allows you to explore and discover the world more. However, before achieving a carefree and joyful travel experience, you will most probably first encounter stress because you will have numerous things to consider, such as processing documents, bookings, packing, etc. But, do not worry because the stress and hassle brought by preparations will surely be paid off afterward!
Below are the seven things to prepare before traveling internationally:
1. Check your passport and visa.
Making sure that both your passport and visa are updated is extremely important; otherwise, you won’t be able to travel. Thus, it is highly suggested that you check both of them to see if they are outdated or not. Not doing this preparation ahead can affect your flight schedule, so, months before traveling, see to it that both of them are up-to-date so you can have longer days of processing them and there will be less pressure and hassle.
2. Book your plane ticket weeks or months in advance.
Since international flights are a lot more pricey than domestic flights, one of the tips and tricks for having a cheaper flight is that you plan and book your plane ticket weeks, or even better, months, in advance. With a less expensive flight, you can have more expenses for residency, souvenirs, food, and resort fees.
3. Get vaccinations.
Due to the COVID pandemic and other outbreaks of diseases, travel agencies have now declared that getting vaccinated is highly important and suggested. Acquiring a vaccine (not just for COVID) won’t just protect you; it can also protect foreign people and your loved ones once you return home. With vaccination, you will have fewer fears about traveling and being in crowded places; and most importantly, you can have a joyful and safe trip.
4. Study about your foreign destination’s culture.
As we all know, every country’s culture differs from each other’s; some countries find this offensive, and some do not. Being aware of the culture of the foreign country you’ll travel to is important because you can get accustomed to it well, and none of the foreigners will get offended by your visit. Therefore, take time to research their eating manners, clothing, gestures, and speaking.
5. For accompanying pets, prepare tags.
Bringing your furry friends with you as you travel is now allowed in many countries. Before traveling, carefully consider what your pet might also need, such as diapers, dog food, treats, a leash, or even clothes. In addition, it is important that you prepare info tags tied to his collar so in case your dog gets lost, good strangers can call the information placed around his neck. For dog owners, Vetster can give you more tips about taking your dog on vacation.
6. Prepare health kits.
Acquiring wounds or injuries from traveling is possible. That’s why it is essential that you prepare an emergency kit. Contents such as medicines, bandaids or bandages, alcohol, cotton, betadine, etc., are some of the important items a kit must contain. If you are bringing your pet, you should also prepare a kit of items just in case. Bring your health kit with you wherever you go to cleanse and treat your wound in the event of an emergency.
7. Do not pack unnecessary things.
Packing too much irrelevant stuff can charge you an additional fee at the airport, which may cause inconvenience once you land. Thus, as much as possible, refrain from making your luggage too heavy, and try not to bring too many bags to prevent stealing and to prevent it from being left behind (plus it is a very hassle thing). You can search the internet for packing hacks to make the most of your luggage’s space.
Above are just some of the initial things that you must consider before flying, and there are still a lot more to consider such as acquiring travel insurance, currency, cellular loads, and preparing for cash or card transactions. Another reminder to always be mindful all the time and avoid associating with strangers.