The Ultimate International Travel Checklist for Indians
Everything you need to take care of before you embark on your International Trip
So you’ve booked your flight tickets and got the visa stuff sorted. Now what?
Apprehensive about all the planning you need to do? What if you forget something important?
Worry not. Here is a Travel checklist that will get you sorted for your foreign trip.
This checklist will cover the following:
A) THE BIG THREE
In case you plan to enter the country multiple times during your visit, make sure your visa is a multiple-entry visa.
Here is a comprehensive list of documents you need to carry with you.
It is always better to leave the original passport in your hotel locker or a locked suitcase and carry a copy to prove your identity.
It is a very low price to pay for the comfort and protection it will give you against unforeseen medical expenses, lost baggage etc.
If you try to do this abroad, you will be charged a hefty premium for conversion. Also, some exchanges abroad may not even accept the Indian Rupee.
Make sure you own a card that doesn’t charge you huge premiums on foreign currency transactions. 2-3% is a good range.
Moreover, you can also bring the unused USD back to India and use it for future travels. Rest assured it wont be demonetised.
This is to prevent your bank from blocking your card to suspecting fraudulent transactions. Ask your bank about foreign transaction charges applicable.
” You now have the BIG THREE figured out. If anything else goes wrong, it can be sorted out using the Big Three.“
In case you miss this, a simple hack is to use the USB ports of televisions.
You are responsible for all the goods in your bag no matter how it landed up there. Keep your unlocked bags on you at all times. Always lock your check-in bag and unattended bags (e.g. Bags left in hotel rooms, cloakrooms).
Carry a bottle of water with you at all times and keep refilling it at public facilities. This will save you a lot of unnecessary expense.
Carry medicines for common issues like a headache, fever, cold, vomiting, sprains, small wounds etc.
Some drugs may be regulated in some countries and you may be asked to produce a doctor’s prescription by customs.
It is very useful while spending time on the beach and Essential when travelling by boats or when engaging in water sports like Snorkelling, Rafting etc. Think of this as a lifetime investment.
But here is a hack. Use wet wipes. This will finish the job that the toilet paper is unable to and also give a clean feeling. Best of both worlds.
Very useful especially at the beach where you can lay it down to keep your stuff and use it for drying yourself later.
A small foldable umbrella in the backpack has saved the day for many travellers.
Carry a small sachet of detergent with you and use the washbasin/ tub (with stopper) to soak your clothes.
This will lighten your load as well. Why carry all that stuff around and pay extra for that check-in bag if you are flying a budget airline.
20) Once you have completed reading this Travel Checklist, go to our Latest Updates page to keep up to date on any recent change in regulations to Flights, Visas, Etc.