Top Ten International Travel Tips
You have booked your international trip. You are excited! You are ready to relax and have fun. Some simple planning ahead can make the difference between an enjoyable trip versus a stressful one. Here are my top ten international travel tips to help you have an enjoyable trip.
- Get Global Entry Application– to avoid immigration lines and speed through customs
- Wear socks going through security. You will have to remove your shoes for TSA screening, so wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off and wear socks (you don’t want to walk on the dirty floor in bare feet).
- Plan to watch movies – bring your tablet and high-quality earplugs or check out what the airline has to offer. I calculate the number of movies needed to equal the length of the flight time (generally speaking, for an eight-hour flight, I plan on four movies).
- Dress for comfort – regardless of the time of year, the temperature on airplanes can vary, so dress in layers. However, keep your shoes on because your feet expand during the flight, and you don’t want problems trying to get your shoes back on before landing.
- Stay hydrated on the plane with eye drops, lip balm, and lotion. Drink lots of water.
- Smooth through security by just answering the questions. Don’t engage in needless conversation. If they want to take a closer look at your luggage, be polite and don’t argue. They are doing their job to keep everyone safe.
- Keep medications with you, not in your luggage.
- If traveling to a remote destination, buy evacuation insurance so you can be medically stabilized and airlifted back home
- Travel light – do not overpack!
- Pack no more than three pairs of shoes
- Pack one nice outfit for going out at night
- Leave expensive jewelry at home
- Don’t use flashy luggage
- Bring a cross-body purse to guard against theft.
- Bring international voltage adapters for your electronics
- Know the dress code before you go: Europeans don’t wear blue jeans; khakis are best. Churches and temples require modest clothing (shoulders and knees covered). Don’t wear your daisy dukes cut-off shorts and a halter top to the Vatican – you won’t be allowed in.
- Familiarize yourself with the laws of the country you are visiting. Getting arrested on vacation is no fun. For example, I did not adhere to cross walking signs in Thailand and got in trouble (thankfully not detained)