Next week I’m heading overseas again and so I thought I’d share the list of things I always do before travelling overseas. This list doesn’t include obvious stuff like booking flights/accommodation, it’s a list of those kind-of-annoying-but-super-important things your really must do before travelling overseas.
Visit your Doctor
It’s really important to visit your doctor 6-8 weeks before travelling to find out if you need any vaccines, as some courses of vaccines can take around 6 weeks to complete. You may also need prescriptions for certain medications, like anti-malaria tablets for example. It’s also important to get prescriptions for any medication that you regularly take so that you have enough to last you the trip.
Check Passport & Visa Requirements
As soon as you’ve booked any flights check both the passport and visa requirements for the countries you will be visiting. Some countries require 6 months before expiry on passports, and other countries require visas that are applied for in advance either online or via the consulate. It can take a number of weeks for a new passport and also for some visas to be granted, so don’t leave this till the last minute!
Notify your Bank
Make sure you notify your bank that you’ll be travelling overseas so they don’t suspect fraud. Otherwise it’s likely your card will be blocked!
Make Copies of Important Documents
It’s a good idea to make photocopies of important documents like passports and bank cards. Take one set of copies with you and leave another with a family member in case something goes wrong like losing your passport.
Register on SmartTraveller (or similar)
In Australia you can register online with SmartTraveller to receive safety updates about the countries you’re visiting and can also register your travel plans so the government knows where you are in the case of emergency. There are similar systems in place for countries outside Australia too.
Purchase Travel Insurance
Don’t leave home without travel insurance! It’s a slightly annoying cost that could save you big time in an emergency. Don’t forget to compare different plans and check what they cover, also add optional extras for activities like skiing or diving if need be.
And that’s it! I hope I haven’t forgotten anything (I’ll found out soon on my upcoming trip if I have!) but if you have anything to add then please leave a comment below!
Travelling for the first time? Read this post on how to navigate airports.