Did you know that Americans spent $135 billion on overseas tourism in 2017? This was a whopping 9-percent increase from the year before!
This is a record amount of Americans traveling abroad. In fact, Newsweek says more than 42 percent of American citizens now have passports, compared with a mere 4 percent in 1990.
And now it’s your turn for an international vacation!
So, are you wondering what things to bring when traveling abroad? Cold- and warm-weather clothes are a given. Extra underwear is a must.
What are the not-so-obvious packing essentials?
We list a handful here, plus one awfully transparent item that one in ten travelers admit to leaving behind on the day of their vacation.
Let’s get to packing!
1. Your Passport
You can’t get very far with your suitcase if you don’t have the most important thing of all — your passport.
While this may be obvious, it’s still worth mentioning.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the planning and packing. You’re figuring out who will watch your dog, take care of your plants, and look after your house. You’re packing, unpacking, and repacking.
All this chaos could cause you to leave behind this very critical document, miss a flight, and change the entire itinerary.
Now that your passport is tucked safely away, let’s move on.
2. Important Documents
When traveling abroad, it’s crucial to bring a set of essential documents with you.
These include things like the following:
- Insurance cards
- Medication information
- Your ID
- Your itinerary
Having these on hand takes some of the uncertainty and fear out of the equation.
If something were to happen, you’d have your health information on hand. This is especially crucial for those with health problems or who take medication.
Your itinerary will help you navigate the foreign land. Keep your hotel reservations from WorldRoamer or tour recommendations from TripAdvisor close by as you travel.
3. Charger Adaptors
This one may not have occurred to you until the end of the evening when it comes time to charge your cellphone.
Most — if not all — foreign outlets are different from those we use in the United States. You won’t be able to recharge your phone (another vital component to your packing list) using your regular ol’ USB cable.
Buy adaptors in the States and pack them in your carry-on.
4. A Mobile Hotspot
A mobile hotspot will come in handy for many reasons.
First, your service provider may charge you an arm and a leg for roaming fees. If you have portable WiFi on hand, you can avoid many of these fees.
Then, use your mobile hotspot to update friends and family back home as well as plan out the next day’s excursions from your hotel bed.
The Last of Things to Bring When Traveling Abroad: A Sense of Adventure
At the end of the day, allow some of your trip to be a little unpredictable.
As long as you have your necessary documents, your itinerary, and a few changes of clothes, then your vacation should be an exciting foray into unfamiliar territory. Let yourself explore, get lost (a little), try new things, and be unhinged!
We hope this list of things to bring when traveling abroad helped you pack a thorough suitcase.
We’ve got more advice where this came from, too! Keep scrolling our site for more expert tips on traveling, adventuring, and getting rugged.