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What To Bring when Traveling Abroad

When you travel internationally, it can be overwhelming to think of all the things you may need while you are away from home. You don’t want to take too much, but you also do not want to take too little and have to purchase every day things overseas where you may have to pay much more than they are worth. Luckily, you can find a balance between too much and not enough once you are able to differentiate between the necessary items and the unnecessary. 

What You Should Bring With You

You need to think about what sort of image you’ll want to portray when you are traveling abroad. The bottom line is that you do not want to become a target; so dressing conservatively would be the best bet. Avoid expensive clothing, and definitely leave your jewelry at home. Fancy clothing and bold jewelry will make you look like an affluent tourist, and that’ll put a target right on your back. This tip will eliminate the showy items in your wardrobe.


When you do find the clothes that you believe are appropriate for your travels, remember to pack light. The last thing you want to do is tote several pieces of luggage from location to location. When you travel light you’ll usually have a free hand, you won’t be as tired, and you won’t be as inclined to leave your luggage unattended which can pose safety and security problems. Pack just four to five days worth of appropriate clothing for the climate, you are allowed to dress nicely, just don’t dress to affluently.


If you wear glasses or contacts, you’ll want to pack an extra pair. You’ll probably not need this extra pair, but it’s always when you are not expecting to break your glasses or lose your contact lens that you do just that. The same goes for medication, if you need medication every day, bring double the amount you will need just incase you lose your initial doses. If you take maintenance drugs such as insulin or heart medications, you might want to think about bringing along an extra prescription or two just incase you lose your actual medication. Always leave your medications in their original bottle with your name and prescription information visible to avoid problems at customs that will slow you down.


You’ll want to carry money with you, but you won’t want to carry too much. Only carry the amount of money and other valuables that you will need for your trip. If you have extra cash or credit cards, it’s a good idea to bring these, but store them in the hotel safe for safekeeping. A money belt is a great way to conceal the amount of cash you do carry on your person, and you’re less likely to a target of thieves when you conceal the cash with some sort of money belt or similar way to carry money.


You’ll want to pack an extra passport, or at least copies of your current passport to help with the application process should you lose your current passport. You might want to keep your passport in the hotel safe so that you are less likely to lose it.


You might want to bring a calling card with you as it’s a handy way to keep in touch with friends and family who might like to hear from you to know that you are safe during your international travels. A calling card is likely to be a cheaper way to call home as well. Before you leave home with your calling card, be sure to find out your local access number so that you’re able to call home with ease.


If you are carrying traveler’s checks it’s a good idea to make a list of all the serial numbers attached to them. As you cash the checks, cross off the serial number so you know that you spent it and it was not stolen. Make a copy of this list and give it to a friend or family member so you can trace these checks should they be lost or stolen.


What You Shouldn’t Bring With You

· Expensive looking jewelry

· Family heirlooms of any type

· Unnecessary credit cards and cash

· Social security card


Where you are going and the climate there will definitely dictate much of what you bring. The point is to bring the things you honestly need for safety, security, medical, or financial reasons, but other than that, leave it at home! The more things you bring with you, the more of a liability you are dealing with. Also, the fewer things you have, the fewer things you need to lug back with you when you return home. Travel light; it’s the most efficient way to go!

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