Top 5 Things to Bring When you Go Abroad – Complete with Travel Tips January 07 2015

  1. Your passport

            This one is obvious.  You’ll need your passport to go anywhere out of the country.  But once you’ve reached your destination, no need to bring it with you everywhere you go while backpacking or sightseeing.  United States licenses serve as acceptable proof of age.  Keep your passport locked up in the hotel or hostel.  Make sure you keep a copy of it in your luggage too, in case you do need to bring it out and it gets lost or stolen somehow.

            What to bring to keep it safe: Avallone Antique Handmade Leather Passport Holder

 

  1. A decent bag

            This depends on what the purpose of your trip is.  If you’re backpacking, you’ll want a big enough bag to hold all of your items while still feeling comfortable on your back.  If you’re just sightseeing as a tourist, any luggage will do.  A bag on wheels (and the wheels that roll in all ways, meaning you can also roll it at your side, not just behind you) might be the easiest option, but it depends on your preference.  You shouldn’t need much when you’re out on the town – probably just a wallet, a map, and maybe your phone.  You’ll leave most of your things where you’re staying.  And if you’re traveling for business, you’ll probably be bringing your briefcase.

            What to bring (if you’re traveling on business): Avallone Executive Handmade Leather Briefcase

  1. Your wallet

A slim wallet tends to be the best choice for travel.  You’ll want to keep your money in a front pocket instead of the back – you’ll be walking through busy areas that will be full of tourists, and therefore likely pickpockets.  If traveling through a few different countries on your trip, you might want to simply keep your debit card in your slim wallet and take out cash when you arrive to each destination.  I’ve done this before and found it to be the best method – it’s a bit easier than exchanging a big wad of foreign currency with your bank before leaving the U.S.  Check out fees before you leave.  Your bank might charge a fee when you make a withdrawal from a foreign ATM, but certain ATMs don’t charge fees at all, and to be most economical, you might think about estimating how much you’ll spend in each country.  Then take the money out just at one time when you arrive – and maybe take out the largest amount that the ATM will allow.  You shouldn’t have to go back to the ATM until you get to the next country.  (I’ve found that it feels safer to do this rather than using a debit or credit card for actual purchases.)  And make sure you notify your bank that you’ll be traveling!

What to bring to guard your cash: Avallone Slim Credit Card Leather Wallet

 

  1. Mobile phone

            You already bring your phone everywhere, so this one is obvious too.  Look into international data plans if you need to stay in touch.  Keep in mind that most places have Wi-Fi (hotels, hostels, coffee shops, restaurants), and you can probably find enough places with Internet to stay connected throughout your trip without spending any money.  Some phone plans will also allow you to pay a flat fee for a limited amount of data to use when you aren’t in a WiFi area – for example, if you need to contact someone when you get there, and you’re not sure if you’ll have WiFi access, you can pay something around $20 to $30 that will allow you to use the Internet anytime, anywhere.  The fee might be worth the security of knowing you’ll have the Internet if you need it in a pinch.

 

  1. Comfortable shoes

            The right shoes are essential for traveling.  You don’t realize the amount of walking that you’ll do until you get there.  You’ll want to see everything and will likely walk more than a few miles a day.  Go for comfort over style, or better, find a shoe that will allow you to combine the two.

            Styles to check out: Desert Boot by Clarks, ‘LunarGrand’ Wingtip by Cole Haan, or Seawalker Oxford by Ecco

 

Written by Alyssa Avallon