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International Travel Checklist for Your Next Adventure
Make sure you have everything you need for your next international trip

There are few things more exhilarating then heading out on an international adventure.

Traveling the world to learn about new cultures is a one-of-a-kind experience that canít be beat. As you prepare for your next big adventure, youíre probably wondering about the items you should bring. There is a variety of goods you should include on your international travel checklist, some that are absolutely necessary and others that are optional.

To help you better prepare for your next flight abroad, here is a list of items you might need.

Passport and visa

The most essential item on this checklist is your passport and visa. Before entering a country, you must go through immigration, which is where passports and visas are checked. If your passport or visa is not up-to-date, you will not be allowed to enter the country, and nothing ruins a trip abroad like getting turned away at the immigration desk. It is also a good idea to have photocopies of both your passport and visa just in case either is stolen while you are traveling.

Currency and credit cards

Along with passports and visas, proper currency and credit cards are essential items that canít be forgotten. Notify banks of the international locations on your itinerary so they donít cut off credit cards when they are needed the most. Also, withdraw some money in the countryís currency. Avoid taking out large sums, though. As TravelZoo.com points out, not every place takes credit cards. Having some cash on hand will be helpful at these places.

Printed travel information

Before getting on the international flight, print out your hotel, train and flight information. Many people keep this information on their cell phones, but when abroad your cell phone might not work. Having a hard copy of a hotel reservation will be handy if the hotel is denying the reservation and you have no internet access or cell phone data. Travel expert Rick Steves also suggests leaving a printed copy of the travel itinerary with family and friends at home. This way, someone will know where you are at all times.

Travel journal and guidebooks

A travel journal and guidebooks might not seem like an essential item to include on this checklist, but these two items are sure to come in handy. The travel journal is perfect for the future, if you to relive your adventures abroad. There are specially made journals just for traveling, which allow you to record the things you have done each day. Guidebooks are also handy to ensure no sight will be missed. Donít live by these guidebooks, though. Sometimes, it is better to ask locals what lesser-known sights should be seen.


Bringing a camera on an international trip is a must. No matter the travel destination, it is likely there will be some beautiful landscape or architecture that should be remembered in the future. Using a camera will also preserve the memories created on the trip, allowing you to look back on your international adventure with fondness.

Electronics adapter

Not every country uses the same shaped outlet, which is why an electronics adapter is necessary. If you plan on traveling a lot in the future, it is a good idea to invest in an adapter that has multiple outlet shapes on it. This will ensure that your electronics wonít go uncharged throughout the trip.


Regular medications should be included on the essential items checklist for obvious reasons. Pack enough or more than enough medicine for the length of the trip. Getting caught without the medicines that help you stay healthy is not a good idea, especially in a foreign country.

Non-essential items

Along with the above essential items, there are some travel items that arenít necessarily essential to the travel experience. The majority of the items listed below will increase comfort levels while traveling, ensuring that your next international adventure is as enjoyable as possible. These are entirely optional, so pick and choose what items work best for you.

  • In-flight entertainment

  • Reusable water bottle

  • Snacks for the plane

  • Music player

  • Headphones
  • Face wash and moisturizer

  • Fuzzy socks

  • Extra set of clothes

  • Eye mask and ear plugs

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Electronic chargers

  • Gum

  • Chapstick

  • Painkillers

  • Tissues

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Pen for customs cards

As you prepare for your next big adventure, donít forget to pack these essential and non-essential items to make the traveling experience easier. Focus on creating memories that will last forever rather than worrying about the hassle of packing.

This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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