The International Trip Checklist

Have A Nice Trip - Hello Kitty at Taipei Airport - international trip checklist

It seems like there are a million and one things to remember before taking off on a major trip, and there totally are. I’ve taken several trips abroad over the past year and I’ve got my logistics routine down so that all I have to worry about is the outfits to pack for the trip. Here are all the things I remember to tick off my list before traveling internationally that might help you in preparing for your next trip. All the to-dos besides an actual packing checklist, that is!

Finance

  • Put travel notice on any credit & debit cards I plan to use internationally
  • Familiarize yourself with the current exchange rate & download the XE app
  • Pick up foreign currency
  • Pay bills, rent, etc.

Organization

  • Pack passport & a secondary form of ID
  • Print copies of hotel reservations and exit flight as border/customs agents may need this
  • Ensure luggage has luggage tag with current contact info
  • Check weather in destination to be aware of any last minute packing needs (raincoat, umbrella, etc)
  • Remove any potentially problematic items from hand luggage (pocket knives, liquids above 100ml, etc) and checked luggage (lithium ion batteries, fresh fruits and vegetables, etc)

Tech

  • Charge all tech I plan to use in-flight
  • Pack mifi device in hand luggage
  • Back up iPhone, computer HD, & SD card data
  • Set out-of-office reply on email
  • Set Poshmark account to “vacation mode”
  • Download local map in Google Maps and/or local language in Google Translate for quick retrieval

Home

  • Inform family, trusted neighbors, colleagues, and/or closest friends I’ll be traveling and the duration of the trip
  • General quick tidy routine
  • Take out trash & recycling
  • Make bed (nothing better than coming home to clean sheets!)
  • Water plants
  • Put away all valuables
  • Unplug all power strips & appliances

Self Care

  • Manicure & pedicure (usually at home, but sometimes will opt for the salon!)
  • Facial (at-home version)
  • Exfoliate
  • Self tan (St. Tropez is my fave)
  • Wash hair
  • Hydrate well & take vitamins leading up to trip

Anything I missed? I would love to hear from you on what is your best travel prep tip. Also let me know if you’d like to see my version of a packing checklist.

Hope you enjoyed this post, and happy travels!

  • Jade Hicks

    Thanks for this blog post its very useful, I’ve often thought of the mountain of things needed to do before you go on a major trip and it can be very overwhelming! Thanks for the info

  • Hhmmm… so much to do before a trip. Sometimes it made me feel so stress, but after the trip, I’m so glad of myself.

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    This is a great list of things to do before a trip. I am planning to go away in November and don’t want to forget to take care of something before I leave.

  • Cassie Liz

    This is a good and extensive list of things to think of when taking an international trip! We travel quite a bit internationally and a lot of these are on our list too!

  • I’m planning a trip for next year and these are great suggestions. Thanks so much and pinning for later.

  • Great list, definitely we need to include some of that self care tips into our trips, we often forget!!

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This is a great checklist for international travels. I have never traveled internationally but hopefully with in the next couple years I can do so. It is so important to make sure you have the currency for that country along with making sure your credit/debit card can make foreign purchases. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  • These are great tips. I’d love to travel and visit places. But it is so difficult now with 3 kids.

  • I am definitely saving this post! First off – Hello Kitty! Next you have some really great tips for traveling internationally which I have never done but hope to do sooner rather than later!

  • Great idea to have a special checklist for overseas travel … as I used to live in Tokyo but it’s been a few years now & things like smart phones are new.