When you have plans to travel abroad, there is a lot to think with what you need to bring while you are away. Of course, you don’t want to take too much, but you don’t want to have to buy a lot of items overseas because you took too little. Everyday items can cost a lot more money overseas than they do at home. There is a balance between taking too much and taking too little, and once you differentiate what is necessary to bring versus unnecessary, you will find that balance.
Type of Clothing – Think about your image while you are traveling abroad. You don’t want to be a target, so you should dress conservatively to be on the safe side. Stay away from bringing expensive clothing, and don’t bring your expensive jewelry. When you wear expensive jewelry and clothing, you give off the appearance of an affluent tourist. Consequently, that puts the target on you. Eliminate the expensive jewelry and clothing to be safe while traveling abroad.
Always Pack Light – Once you choose the right clothing to bring, keep in mind that it is best to pack light. You don’t want to have to carry a lot of luggage from place to place while abroad. If you travel light, you won’t be as tired, and you won’t be tempted to leave your luggage sitting anywhere unattended. This would result in a security and safety problems.
Glasses, Contact Lenses and Medications – If you wear contacts or glasses, you always want to bring an extra pair. You may not use them, but you want to be prepared for the unexpected. This applies to any medications you are taking as well. If you take medications daily, make sure you have a double amount in case you lose any. Plan ahead and have your doctor give you an extra prescription just in case something happens. If you take a maintenance medication like heart medication or insulin, always be sure you have extra when you travel. Keep your prescribed medications in the original prescription bottle that indicates your name and prescription information on it. This will keep you from being slowed down going through customs.
Money – You do want to bring money with you when you travel, but you don’t want to take too much. You should bring some credit cards and extra cash, but you need to lock them in a hotel safe while you are there. Having a money belt is a good idea for concealing money while you are away. You want to keep yourself from being a target to thieves.
Passport – You should always carry an extra passport or copies of your passport when you travel. This is something you can keep in the hotel safe along with extra money.
Calling Cards – Calling cards are a great way to connect with family while overseas. Calling cards are probably the cheapest way to call home.
Traveler’s Checks – It’s always a good idea to travel with traveler’s checks, but you should keep a list of the serial numbers in case they get lost or stolen. Make a copy of your list and give it to a family member or friend in case you must have the checks traced.
When you travel abroad, you want to bring only the things you need for financial, medical, security or safety reasons. Travel light, it’s the most efficient way to travel!