- Make copies of the endorsement page of your passport (leave one copy at home with a friend or family member). Take another one with you, in a separate part of your luggage from the actual passport (or take a photo of it with your smart phone).
- Take a small amount of cash ($100-300) in local currency for ease of transition at your destination. Many international currencies can be purchased from your own bank (if it’s large enough) or through Bank of America.
- Make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re visiting. Most European banks have switched almost entirely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology. Fewer businesses abroad are accepting the outdated magnetic-strip cards.
- Acquaint yourself with the electrical voltage requirements in the country/countries you are visiting. If the voltage is different than the US, purchase a converter and/or adapter. Your best bet is to buy an adapter with different settings that adjust to most outlets, so you only have to bring one adapter instead of one per country.
- Check with your cell phone provider about plans and pricing for international calling and texting.
- Place any liquids (soaps, shampoos, etc.) that will be in your carry-on in clear 3 oz. bottles, together in a clear quart size Ziploc bag.
- Make note of the telephone number for the Worldwide Assistance services in your travel protection plan.
- Call your debit and credit card companies to advise them of your travel dates and destinations.
- Keep any prescription drugs in their original containers and pack them in your carry-on luggage.
- Learn a few key phrases in the local language of your destination. (Simple things, like “Hello”, “Goodbye”, “Thank you”, “Where is the bathroom?“)
- If you have any food allergies or severe medical conditions, it’s important to learn how to inform others about those issues in a foreign language. If you don’t feel comfortable with your language skills, print out a document with relevant phrases or make flashcards to carry with you.
- Do not pack your travel documents (itinerary, passport, paper tickets or vouchers) in your checked luggage.
- Unless you are planning to attend a black tie or similar event, leave your valuable jewelry at home.
If you have any questions about travel insurance, contact Travel Insurance Services Customer Service at 1-800-937-1387 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe and happy travels!