Whether you’re about to embark on your very first international journey, or you’re a certified global jet setter, there are some things we ALL must always have when jet setting.
Regardless of if your trip is for leisure or for business, here is a list of what you must always have with you on your journey. You may thank us later. Or better yet, save this list as your go-to reference for your future journeys!
Because, duh! You can’t leave or enter most countries without it. As a matter of fact, no-one should find themselves feeling comfortable not having a passport. And while you’re at it, please please please do yourself a favour and take note of the expiration date, and make sure to apply to renew your passport at least 6 months before it expires.
Many countries that you visit, require your passport to be valid for at least 6 months before you are allowed entry. That’s a huge deal. Your passport should be the first thing you pack in your handbag or purse.
Also, before you travel, it is a good thing to have a backup photocopy or digital copy of your passport. That way, if you should lose it while you’re away (God forbid!), then this backup copy can help you in some ways.
2. Travel Insurance
EVERY single person who has plans to travel internationally, should purchase travel insurance. Believe me when I tell you, you don’t want to know what it’s like to have an accident or medical emergency while abroad and not have travel insurance coverage!
Being in a foreign country without travel insurance can get ridiculously expensive in a matter of seconds! And I mean, tens of thousands of dollars expensive. Up that several notches if you end up needing surgery or being airlifted somewhere. For your sake and that of your bank account), do spend a couple dollars for travel insurance prior to your departure date, and yes, you may thank us later! Do it every single time you travel. Be sure to take a printed copy with you.
3. Travel Adapter
Preferrably one with USB slots. If you’re travelling with kids, take at least 2. That way, you don’t run the risk of your devices not being compatible with the outlets in your visiting country. Plus, nowadays, in the current technical age, we all need our devices fully charged at all times, so this travel adapter will save you some trouble. One adapter that has multi-plugs should be able to be used in multiple destinations.
4. A Compact MIFi Hotspot Device
Having this has saved me a few anxiety attacks on quite a few business trips. It helps to save you from crazy data charges and from international roaming fees when using your phone abroad. Save yourself some $$ and from a panic attack and get one for your journeys.
5. Medication, Especially Prescription Medication
Don’t wait until the day after you’ve landed in a foreign country to realise that you don’t have these with you. Full stop.
Start with these essentials when preparing for your travels. Everything else can be packed after, but take care of these FIRST! Enjoy your trip, and we do hope it’s in VIP style!