How To Properly Plan An Overseas Trip

How To Properly Plan An Overseas Trip

Traveling overseas might seem easy at first glance but you will instantly notice that there are clear cut differences when comparing with national travels.

You have to think a lot more about what you will do and preparation is highly important. You need to make sure that you have everything and most people that travel for the first time will have problems.

Let us go through the most important things that you have to know about overseas travels. That will help you to be prepared and avoid 90% of all problems that may appear.


Getting Your Passport

It is important to have the passport when you leave the country. Also, check the expiration date right now so that you can see if there is a need to renew it. Remember that you have to anticipate how long you will stay where you go and the passport needs to be valid for the whole time. [divider]

Travel Visas

There are travel destinations where a visa is issued when you arrive there. In many other cases the visa needs to be obtained in advance. For instance, if you want to visit Australia, you will need to apply for a travel visa.

See exactly what documents are necessary and learn how long you have to wait until the visa is actually offered to you. Starting early is a very good idea. Luckily, there are many sites that talk about travel visas so with a simple Google Search you can find out all that you have to know. [divider]

Packing Tips

Packing seems eas.y but packing for overseas travels is much more complicated than what you initially anticipate. You have to learn how to pack in an effective manner. Also, it is a very good idea to invest some money in high quality travel bags. An example can be seen here.

Make a list of all that you need

Most people hate lists. I hate them too. However, they are necessary. You have to make the list way before you actually leave so that you can be sure that you will have all that you really need. Also, you will most likely travel by air. Based on the company that you fly with, different weight restrictions apply. Packing dead weight is the biggest problem for people when they pack.
Write down everything that you absolutely need. Here are some examples of what the list might include:
  • underwear
  • dental hygiene product
  • hair accessories (usually for women)
  • clothes (choose based on weather reports in the area and your length of stay)
  • shoes
  • socks
  • medication (check to see what is allowed based on where you travel to)
  • perfumes and similar products (try to opt for the trial sizes, if possible)

The Carry-on Luggage

Most people overlook the carry-on luggage but you should not do this. It is smart to have some clothes in the luggage as the main luggage might be lost or delayed. You can consider packing the following:

  • medication that has to be taken during travel
  • towelettes
  • a good book to kill the time
  • magazines
  • hand lotion – trial size, of course
  • snacks – think small
  • breath fresheners

What you should never pack in your carry-on luggage:

  • any object that is sharp – blades longer than four inches are always forbidden
  • any beverage bottle larger than 30 ounces
  • any item that is flammable
  • tools
  • anything too heavy[divider]


Make sure that you plan ahead. That is what counts the most. Lists will help you out a lot and the more you know about what is allowed and what is not by the travel company, the bigger the chance that you will not have to leave something behind at the airport. You may also want to take a look at the following videos:

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