Going on an overseas holiday is sure fun and nerve-wracking at the same time, especially if this is your first time leaving your homeland. But if you’re already a seasoned traveler, packing up is almost already second nature. Unfortunately, not everyone is as organized as the pro. So, if this is your first time to travel abroad for a holiday vacation or even a business trip, then you must prepare a checklist of all the things that you need to bring.
When traveling to another country it is imperative that you have the correct documents that will allow you to enter the country, freely move within its borders, and safely exit the same country and back to your homeland. As such, the following things are absolutely necessary.
- Passport – This is an absolute must if you are ever to enter another country. Passports are required for all nationalities entering a country other than their own.
- Visa – This document classifies your purpose for entering the country. For example, if your Visa says you’re a tourist, then you are only expected to function as a tourist, not as a worker. Doing so will often have harsh penalties, so mind your Visa.
- Transportation Tickets – It’s a no-brainer actually. How can you go to your destination without airline, train, or even cruise liner tickets? Perhaps more importantly, Immigration officials typically ask for a forward-moving ticket as well to show that you have no intention of overstaying your Visa.
- Accommodation Documentation – Unless you can show proof that you have a friend or even a relative in the country you’re visiting, it is essential that you bring your hotel accommodation documentation.
- Travelers’ Cheques or Foreign Currency – Sometimes it’s a lot better to bring travelers’ cheques rather than cash in foreign denomination. But, there will always be a need for cash. You may also bring your credit card.
- Travel Insurance – This is a must for any traveler as it covers basically everything from your emergency medical needs to flight disruption incidents to issues with personal travel belongings and a whole lot more. However, if you are from the EU or the EFTA, know that some insurance companies typically don’t issue insurance policies if you don’t have the European Health Insurance Card.
- If you’re from Europe, you can be granted an European Health Insurance Card from My Ehic– This covers your medical and healthcare expenses in the country that you’re visiting, provided that it accepts the EHIC. This is accepted in EU and EFTA countries and gives you the opportunity to obtain free medical care or given at a reduced rate for any illness or injury you might sustain while on a vacation in the said country. Your EHIC and travel insurance should go together.
- Prescription Medications (if any) – If you are taking prescription medications, it is advisable to bring just enough supply to last you for the duration of your holiday. Make sure to bring appropriate documentation from your doctor such as the health condition for which the medication is intended, the name of the drug, and its dosage.
When traveling overseas you can technically pack anything you want to bring. However, whatever you do, just don’t forget bringing these absolute-musts for a hassle-free holiday.