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International Travel Check List
O International travel and health insurance for medical emergencies in case your flights are cancelled or delayed.
O Register your travel plans with the US State Department
O Review the US Tips for Traveling Abroad
O Passport valid for at least 6 months after your return date with a photocopy - Leave an extra copy with your emergency contact at home. Bring a photo copy with you to Italy.
Your passport should never be carried on the street. You can have hotel to lock it in the
ssafe. Carry the photo copy and an offical form of ID like your driver's license in case requested by the police.
O Tour Itinerary: Leave an extra copy with your emergency contact at home.
O A ziplock bag of epsom salt to soak tired feet. The struggle will be real! lol
O At least 500 of cash in the currency of your desination country, in case you can't convert your money immediately upon arrival. As your bank for small denominations. Getting change can be an issue in some counties even when trying to pay for something.
O Due to limited space on the bus, most tours only allow one piece of luggage bag person. A wheeled bag are okay as long as you can carry it up stairs. Many hotels in Europe don't have elevators or bell men. Only bring what "YOU" can carry! Take your luggage on a trial run before you leave! Carry your packed bags on a walk (and up a couple flights of stairs)... then re-think what you can live without. Anyone with more than one bag, may need to arrange for your own ground transportation (including between cities).
O Sweater & Scarf: for cool evening and to cover head or shoulders in churches.
O Comfortable but nice looking walking shoes.
O Bathing suit and beach towels. Hotel towels are not allowed to leave the property. If packing space is an issue fold it cross your arm at the airport. It also can be used as an
extra blanket on colder flights.
O Folding umbrella: because rain happens...
O Travel alarm clock: Don't depend on the hotel wake-up call...the bus waits for no one!
O Camera, new battery & film: it's cheaper to bring film and batteries from home. Airport x-rays for carry-on luggage are safe for 200-400 speed, but stronger x-rays for checked luggage can ruin your film. Digital users will need lots of memory storage or a plan for emailing images or burning photo CDs in Europe, plus adequate batteries, chargers, converters and adapters. Adapter plug is needed, but not converter, for camera accessories.
O Small sized Toiletries: Check our minimus.com for travel sizes of your favorites. Remember shampoo can double as body soap!
O Glasses and prescription: bring a second pair if you have them; if you wear contacts, also bring your glasses and contact lens prescription.
O Medicine in original bottle: for important medication, also bring a written prescription from your doctor for refills (w/ dosage and generic drug name).
O Small bottles of cold/diarrhea/motion sickness remedies: also available in Europe but convenient to bring from home.
O Ziploc bags: another useful take-along.
O Neck Pouch or the Zzzz Band : For flights and daytime bus travel between cites.
O 3 or 4 disposable wash cloth (think 99 cent store). Wash cloth are rare in Europe, especially France and Italy. People use sponges. The little cloth in the bathroom is not for your face! The are for cleaning your private parts after using the bidet. The washing cloth on your face today could have been cleaning someone else's bottom yesterday!
O Two ATM card/credit cards: to withdraw local currency in each country; don't forget to bring photocopies with emergency numbers. Should be keep separate, so not to be lost together.
O Travel Hair dryer (if needed): should be dual voltage or a converter will be needed. We always say BRING what you NEED. Do not depend on thing in hotels to always work when traveling out side the Untied States.
O Travel Steamer (no irons): should be dual voltage or a converter will be needed
O Europe plug adapter plus a converter for anything that heats. (curling iron & irons with dual voltage are best). Braun butane curling iron are also great! An extension cord is great for sharing one adapter.
O Plastic door stop: a little extra safety for a woman traveling alone.
O Bonus Extras: Smartphone, GPS device, voice translator. Download Whatsapp and Skype to your phone and Make sure anyone you will be calling back home has the apps also for free intenational calling over WiFi.
O Broadband cord: even is you have wireless laptop. Some hotels may not have wireless internet or it does not always work. Welcome to life outside of the USA!
O Pack PJs and a change of clothes in your carry-one bag in case your luggage is delayed.
If you have a roommate, discuss sharing items. One can bring the travel iron, the other, the curling iron.
Suggested Leave-At-Homes: Irreplaceable or excessive jewelry. Perfume, aftershave (bad on bus, attracts bees). Unnecessary electrical appliances (instead, consider bringing cordless curling irons, disposable razors, dripdry clothes).
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