8 Things To Take On An International Trip

by | May 8, 2020 | Lifestyle, Travel | 0 comments

When you are planning an international trip, there are some things that are important that you take with you. Some of these things are quite obvious but others may come as a surprise.


Since I’m planning an International trip with my friends for 2021 or 2022 (actually, whenever we can actually travel again), I wanted to share this list to help you plan your next adventure and also to keep a checklist for myself!

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Here are 8 things you must take on your next international trip:

Passport and Visa

You must have a passport (and a super cute passport case) for international travel. If you are American, you can get away with just a passport card when traveling to most North American destinations. In order to know if you need a visa, check the United States government website.

International currency

You will want to have some currency for the country you are visiting. If it is in Europe, you need to know if that country uses the Euro. Do your research so that you know how available ATMs are at the destination you are traveling to. In most countries, you will be able to use a credit card and/or your debit card at least in an ATM machine. There may be charges applicable.

Travel Alarm Clock

It is important that you take your travel alarm clock. Jet lag can make knowing what time of day it is a problem. Your body wants to sleep on your home time, not your new time, and it can be difficult to adjust and to wake up in the morning. Depending on where you are traveling and your type of accommodation, you probably have breakfast included in your rate. Missing breakfast one morning won’t kill your budget, but it is a saving if you can eat for free. Your travel alarm clock will be helpful in getting you up and out in a timely manner.

Power Converter

When you are traveling to an international destination, you will need a power converter that actually fits in the country’s electrical sockets. You will also need to have an adapter plug, so that you can plug things in. Most laptops have the converter already on the cord but you will need to adapt your plug. Don’t try to get around using the converter as you can cause damage to your hair dryer, battery charger or other small appliance.

A Phrase Book

Unless you are traveling to an international country where the native language is English, you will appreciate the fact that you have a phrase book with you. You don’t need to be proficient in a foreign language in order to enjoy yourself internationally, but it is a great ice-breaker and will usually result in someone you talk to remembering that they speak some English if you attempt to speak their language.

Phone with International Calling

Many American cell phones will not work in the rest of the world, and even those that do have to be reset to the correct frequency. Talk to your cellphone provider and ask them what you need to do. If you are taking along your laptop, you will be able to use Skype or something similar as long as you have Internet access. Worst case, just get an international SIM card instead!

Face Cloth

Believe it or not, even in Europe most hotels do not have face-cloths. You can carry one in a small “Ziploc” bag and then use it when needed. You can always wash and reuse these as needed!

Toilet Paper

Depending on what country you are traveling to, you may need to take a roll of toilet paper with you. Many countries don’t provide it and others have a quality that the average pampered tush isn’t quite used to; think wax paper.

These are just a few of the things that will make your international trip easier and more comfortable.

Is there anything I missed? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you.

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