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Top Ten International Travel Tips
Some simple planning ahead can make the difference between an enjoyable trip versus a stressful one.
International trips are exciting and you want to be ready to have fun.
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 https://ttp.dhs.gov/
- Wear socks going through security and remove your shoes for TSA screening. I suggest you wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off.
- Plan to watch movies – bring your tablet and high-quality earplugs or check out what the airline has to offer.
- Dress for comfort and in layers, regardless of the time of year, and do not take off your shoes on the plane, as you may not be able to get them back on, due to swelling of the feet.
- 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.
- Before you travel to a remote area I recommend that you purchase evacuation insurance so you can be medically stabilized and airlifted back home.
- Travel light – do not overpack!
- Travel with 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, for example, Europeans don’t wear blue jeans so khakis are best.
- Churches and temples require modest clothing (shoulders and knees covered). You won’t be allowed into the Vatican if you wear your daisy dukes cut-off shorts or a halter top.
10. 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)