Don't forget to do these things before you leave!

Backstory: On Mother's Day, I went to Epcot to celebrate with my mom and aunt. While we were at the UK pavilion, we saw Mary Poppins greeting guests and my aunt told us a cute story of how my uncle calls her Mary Poppins (because she never leaves home without an umbrella). I am the same way, hence, me having trouble with packing light. I always like to be prepared and that leads into this week's topic about being prepared for when you travel internationally. I have a few tips for you that I try to remember before I leave on a long journey.

1. Cell Phone: Contact your provider to see what coverage you have and if you need to add an international plan temporarily. I'm with T-Mobile and I have Simply Global which means I have free text and data in hundreds of countries around the world.

2. Passport: Make sure to take a photocopy of your passport and leave the copy with a family member or close friend at home as an insurance policy, should your passport end up missing.

3. Prescriptions: Make sure to check quantities for any prescriptions you have before you leave. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you need to refill anything before your trip.

4. Get Registered!: Enroll your trip with STEP, a program of the U.S. Department of State. They will send you travel alerts before you leave, so you are aware to take any extra precautions. This program also helps the nearest embassy contact you should there be any emergencies arising.

5. Money: Check to see what type of currency is need at your destination(s) and make sure you take some with you before you leave. I made this mistake on my last trip-- relying on exchanging money at exchange kiosks. Turns out--depending where you are, they are not easily accessible and/or near. Also, not all hotels offer exchange services. Your local bank may be able to order the currency you need, and you can check with your credit card company to see if there are any fees to take out money via international atms.

6. Clothing: Europe in the summer is very different from Europe in the winter. As is sailing on a European Cruise vs an African Safari Cruise vs an Alaska Cruise. Be mindful of where you are going and the time of year. Did you know that while we are getting into summer, other parts of the world are heading into winter?

These are just a few of the items I always remind myself to check off on my mental list. Would you like me to create a checklist of to-do items for your next trip? When in doubt, you know you can always reach out to me, should you have any questions or need some advice.

Happy Travels!


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