5 Things You Must Do Before Your Next International Trip

December 18, 2023

The key to traveling abroad is preparation. Before you jet off to faraway lands, make sure to take care of these important to-dos. Follow this checklist to ensure your finances are in order, you’ve packed appropriately, and your travel plans will go off without a hitch. Rest assured, our offerings are designed to ensure your journey unfolds seamlessly. 

Check these 5 things before embarking on international travel.

1. Make sure your passport and visa are up-to-date

Most countries require your passport to remain valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date. Passport processing usually takes at least 10 to 12 weeks, but expedited service can get it to you in 4 to 6 weeks for an extra fee. Consult the State Department’s country updates for essential destination information, including visa requirements, safety details, and medical information.

Check your passport’s expiration date and find your nearest passport facility on the website.

Additionally, make photocopies of your passport’s information and visa pages, keeping them separate from your passport.

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2. Get vaccinations and fill prescriptions

Be sure to check the foreign embassy of the country you’re traveling to, or passing through, to learn which prescription drugs are permitted or illegal in the country.

Check with the foreign embassy of your destination country to confirm the legality of prescription drugs during your travels.

Bring photocopies of your prescriptions, packed separately from your medicine, and note the generic drug name. Always pack your medicine, in its prescription bottles, in your carry-on bag. If you need to use syringes, make sure that you have a letter from your doctor. Always declare the syringes before you go through security.

3. Stock your wallet with acceptable methods of payment 

Use your bank card to withdraw money from ATMs, available even in the most exotic destinations. It’s advisable to write down your credit card numbers and numeric PIN but refrain from keeping this list in your wallet. Ensure you know how to contact your credit card company while abroad.

The most favorable exchange rate is usually obtained through ATMs.

Additionally, the Mastercard and Visa networks offer their rates for purchases, which can be found on their respective websites. You can also check previous rates and determine whether your card imposes a conversion fee.

4. Buy travel insurance

Likely, your health insurance won’t cover you while you’re traveling abroad. Depending on where you’re going, consider buying medical evacuation and emergency medical insurance. Also, if your trip requires a large down payment or is booked many months in advance, trip interruption and cancellation insurance can provide valuable protection from the unexpected. 

A best travel insurance plan can cover your medical costs as well anything that may amount to a risk.

5. Pack appropriately

Never place valuables in your checked luggage, and after passing through security, double-check your carry-on to ensure all your valuables are still there. Use closed baggage tags to label each bag. Put your name, address and phone number both inside and outside your luggage.

No matter where you go, carrying vital documents is non-negotiable.

What can Asia Vacation Group help for you?

Pre-Travel Health Assessments: We can recommend pre-travel health checkups and consultations with healthcare providers to ensure your physical fitness for the journey.

7/7 dedicated Visa support: Backed by years of expertise in visa application, we quickly process and punctually resolve your visa concerns. 

Emergency Assistance: Our services include 24/7 emergency support, providing information about local hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, along with emergency contact numbers, in case customers require medical assistance during their trip.

Travel Insurance Guidance: We assist customers in obtaining comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergency expenses and other unexpected events.


We hope you found the advice provided in this article useful! This travel checklist will ensure you have a great experience while traveling abroad. Please also keep in mind that Asia Vacation Group is dedicated to ensuring your health and safety during your travels. Your well-being is our priority, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. Safe travels!

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