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Checklist for Traveling outside the United States

Print this page out and check off the tasks as you complete them.

   Preparing to Go

1.  Copy all Documents like: passport, driver license, travel papers, reservation and (pack
     separately from originals) in case you lose originals. Leave a copy of your itinerary and spare
     key with a family member or close friend in the event of an emergency. Take one credit card
     that is universal, traveler's checks and some cash with you. Get a prepaid calling card from a
     major carrier that can be used in any country.

2.  Have family member, friend or close neighbor pick-up newspaper so it looks like someone is
     reading the newspaper. Have Post-Office hold your mail. Unplug electrical appliance except
     Freezer and Fridge.

3.  Confirm your reservation check tickets. Seek travel insurance if needed.

4.  If you have luggage to check-in only write your name on your luggage label. Do not put your
     address or other personal information for security reason.

5.  Do carry a small carry-on with the basic items to included your medication spare underwear
     / clothing and anything else you may want to have with you in case your luggage goes AWOL
     at the other end.

6.  Know where the U.S Embassy is located and how to get in touch with them if you need to.

7.  Check with the Consular Affairs Office for last minute Travel Safety Advice for that Country.


1.  Make a list of prescription medications, allergies as well as names, phone numbers of your
     doctors. Take at least a month supply of prescription medication with you. First aid kit,
     including  painkillers, blister packs, insect repellant, antibiotic ointment, Tylenol, and band aids.
2.  Plan medical and dental exams within 1-2 months of departure and inform your family physician
     of your travel plans. Medical care abroad can be risky and complicated in certain situations.

3.  Update and copy your vaccination shot records to carry with you. Also check to see what type
     of shots if any you need for that country. Check with the National Center for Infectious

4.  Know how far the closest Hospital is from where you are staying. Use the internet for help.
5.  Contact your health insurance carrier to find out about coverage for overseas travel
     approximately one month before departure date. Most health insurance companies do not pay
     directly to foreign hospital or clinics, but may reimburse you a percentage of the cost when
     receipts are received (written in English and converted to U.S. dollars.) Also, most health
     insurance does not include medical evacuation which can be very costly! Consider purchasing
     a travel health insurance policy that includes medical evacuation.

Personal Items

1.  Suntan lotion, shaving cream, deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brush, hair products, vitamins,
     spare contact lens and glasses.

2.  Electric plugs / adapters. Some countries do not use the same type of plug ins.

3.  Alarm clock that you wine or that use batteries. Bring extra.

4.  Pack appropriately for your destination and check the weather before you leave.