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Re: What's on your pre-travel checklist?

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Learn as much of the host lnaguage as I can.

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We travel internationally extensivley.

 

First, the key is to make a 'travel list' and save it on your computer as a document (or a hard copy if you don't have a computer). That way you don't have to wrack your brain for each trip. Make the list extensive (for winter/summer, action trips etc) and cross off those line items that may not apply.

 

We list: medicines, moving a computer back-up drive to a neighbor, disconnect electronics, leave calendar with a friend, leave copies of passports with friends, bring a photo copy of passports, have emergency phone numbers for creditcards in case they get stolen, leave copy of that with a friend, give keys to house and car to neighbor, show them where emegency shut-offs are. we also turn off the water main valve, lower the heat or turn off the water heaters, extra pair of prescriptions, I also use 'last-pass to manage online passwords so I only need one master, and when using that on-line traveling I use a 'one use password' for that site. I have an alarm system in the house so we have a designated person for the alarm company to call when we travel.If traveling in the winter we have a neighbor start the car every few days and also come to the house to check things. The list contains all clothing needs, things like mosquito repellent, bicycle items etc etc.

 

The other reader's items are also included - alerting credit card co's is important as is monitoring charges.

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I call our credit card companies and let them know where we're going to prevent them from becoming suspicious and blocking a charge.
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Call credit card companies to alert them that you may charge purchases in other countries. They will want to know what countries and dates of travel.
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Make two copies of the front and back of the credit/debit cards, driver's license, and passport that you will be taking with you. Seal in separate envelopes and give one to your travel companion (if you have one) or leave with someone at home. Place in an interior zipper compartment of your checked luggage. Do NOT mark the outside of the envelope as to the contents if in your suitcase. This will give you all the numbers you need should the worst happen and your handbag or wallet is stolen. 

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No particular country for now but my husband and I are planning to go somewhere in Asia (for a change). Woman Very Happy

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Here’s a just few that I used on a recent trip:

 

> Provide family/friends and pet-care providers with your itinerary and a way to reach you in case of emergency.
> Complete a “hold mail” request with the United States Postal Service (https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/).

> If travelling abroad, enroll in the State Department’s free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive real-time travel alerts by email (https://step.state.gov/step/). Know the location and contact information for the local consulate.

 

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What's on your pre-travel checklist?

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Going away for a few days, a few weeks, or even longer? What's on your pre-travel checklist?

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