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Top 12 Important Things To Do Before Traveling Overseas

Top 12 things to do before traveling overseas

Top 12 Important Things To Do Before Traveling Overseas

We have put together what we feel are the top 12 important things to do before traveling overseas. There are many lists out there for travel suggestions; things to do before and what to pack. We wanted to make a different kind of list; a checklist of things that you might not have thought of or considered. Whether traveling regionally or abroad, there are so many details of things to do before you go.

Frankly, I don’t think that anyone list can completely capture and be inclusive of all this information. I suggest you look through various websites and even Pinterest to make sure you try and get the complete picture.

I hope our list covers some items you may not have thought of or seen on other lists. All the following items need to be completed prior to travel. We have also created a downloadable checklist of items to consider for carrying on and to pack in your checked luggage. Please let us know if these tips have helped you and if you think we should add anything to our lists. We are always open for suggestions!


So here we go…. our top suggestions/recommendations

Top 12 Important Things to do BEFORE Traveling Overseas:

  1. Make sure you have a valid passport. Check the expiration date of your ptop 12 important things, ouritalianjourney.comassport and if it expires less than six months before your return date, some countries will not allow entry.
  2. Check Visa requirements – make sure to check if the country you are traveling to require any visas.
  3. Give a copy of your itinerary to family or friends.
  4. If you are planning to drive, get an International Driving Permit. This can be obtained from your local AAA office.
  5. Let your bank and credit card companies know your travel plans for your credit, debit and ATM cards.
  6. If bringing your US phone, make sure to have your carrier enable international calling or to “unlock” your phone. Consider signing up for an international calling, text, and/or data plan, and be sure to confirm voice, data, and roaming fees.
  7. If you plan on traveling for a longer time period, consider purchasing a temporary plan in Europe as we do. Don’t forget to change your voicemail message so people calling your US phone number will know you will not be retrieving any messages until XXX. Forgot one time and I had over 30 messages, ahhhhh!
  8. WhatsApp, Text Plus and Textfree are free for text messaging. Important note: both parties need to have the app installed.
  9. Download Skype or Facetime for keeping in touch for free with family and friends.
  10. If purchasing a Rail Pass, you need to purchase online ahead of time.
  11. Carry a hard copy of your passport and drivers license. Each party traveling should have a copy of each other in case one party loses theirs. Also, take a photo on your phone and keep it accessible.
  12. Download any podcasts of places you plan on visiting. It is less expensive to listen to your iPod than purchase the audio tours in many of the museums. Rick Steves has many free podcasts of tourist destinations that are really, really good. We used several of them when in Florence and it made for an excellent experience. You can get them from iTunes.


Click for the free printable checklist:  Check List


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    Julia Elizabeth
    November 10, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Never knew you could find podcasts for exploring cities! Definitely looking into that for my upcoming travels ☺️ Thank you!

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    November 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    These are such great tips for Moving Abroad. I moved overseas and it’s so important to make sure you have the proper documentation and that your friends and family have a copy.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Nichole // thedailypursuit.com

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