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When I travel, I find that there are certain things I always have to do before I leave, regardless of where I'm going.

And, when I talk with other travelers, I find that many of these same things apply when they travel as well — regardless of where they are traveling, they have to run through these same "preflight" preparations as well.

The tasks typically fall under the following categories:

  1. Legal (Paperwork/Documentation)
  2. Economic (Cash/Cards)
  3. Safety (Contacts/Research)
  4. Cultural (Language/Etiquette)

Although pre-travel preparations are always a little bit different depending on the destination, travelers and purpose, these are the tasks that you have to do regardless of where/how/why you are going.

Because this is a community wiki question, please edit existing answersWhat tasks do travelers need to add more information rather than creating a new onecomplete before any international trip, unless your answer is comprehensive.regardless of the destination?

When I travel, I find that there are certain things I always have to do before I leave, regardless of where I'm going.

And, when I talk with other travelers, I find that many of these same things apply when they travel as well — regardless of where they are traveling, they have to run through these same "preflight" preparations as well.

The tasks typically fall under the following categories:

  1. Legal (Paperwork/Documentation)
  2. Economic (Cash/Cards)
  3. Safety (Contacts/Research)
  4. Cultural (Language/Etiquette)

Although pre-travel preparations are always a little bit different depending on the destination, travelers and purpose, these are the tasks that you have to do regardless of where/how/why you are going.

Because this is a community wiki question, please edit existing answers to add more information rather than creating a new one, unless your answer is comprehensive.

When I travel, I find that there are certain things I always have to do before I leave, regardless of where I'm going.

And, when I talk with other travelers, I find that many of these same things apply when they travel as well — regardless of where they are traveling, they have to run through these same "preflight" preparations as well.

The tasks typically fall under the following categories:

  1. Legal (Paperwork/Documentation)
  2. Economic (Cash/Cards)
  3. Safety (Contacts/Research)
  4. Cultural (Language/Etiquette)

Although pre-travel preparations are always a little bit different depending on the destination, travelers and purpose, these are the tasks that you have to do regardless of where/how/why you are going.

What tasks do travelers need to complete before any international trip, regardless of the destination?

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What I'm looking for is a comprehensive checklist of the tasksWhen I would need to completetravel, I find that there are certain things I always have to prepare for any tripdo before I leave, regardless of destinationwhere I'm going. I might need to do additional things depending on my specific destination

And, but the items on this list shouldwhen I talk with other travelers, I find that many of these same things apply every time no matterwhen they travel as well — regardless of where I'm goingthey are traveling, they have to run through these same "preflight" preparations as well.

Some parametersThe tasks typically fall under the following categories:

  • Since country of origin/citizenship is sometimes a factor, assume that I am a US citizen living in the United States.
  • Assume a single destination; I go to foreign country for a couple of weeks, and then I come back to the US (although I might have to transit through a couple of countries to get there and/or back).
  • Assume that I am an adult traveling by myself. No partner/children/pets.
  • Assume that everything applicable has already been purchased/booked, so things like buying plane tickets, planning the itinerary, buying climate-appropriate clothing, etc. has already been taken care of.
  • Assume that US Dollars are not accepted as currency in the destination country, but it is safe to assume that I would be able to access ATMs during my trip.
  • Assume that English is not widely-spoken in the destination country.
  1. Legal (Paperwork/Documentation)
  2. Economic (Cash/Cards)
  3. Safety (Contacts/Research)
  4. Cultural (Language/Etiquette)

Some examples of items that probably should beAlthough pre-travel preparations are always a little bit different depending on the list (i.e.destination, thingstravelers and purpose, these are the tasks that you would most likely needhave to do before traveling anywhere):regardless of where/how/why you are going.

  • Inform credit/debit card issuers of your itinerary (countries and dates).
  • Check to see if you need a tourist visa for your destination country (and transit visas for any countries you pass through to get there!).
  • Learn the following phrases in the language widely-spoken in your destination country: .....
  • Write down address and phone number of hotel in destination country.

Because this is a community wiki question, please edit existing answers to add more information rather than creating a new one, unless your answer is comprehensive.

What I'm looking for is a comprehensive checklist of the tasks I would need to complete to prepare for any trip, regardless of destination. I might need to do additional things depending on my specific destination, but the items on this list should apply every time no matter where I'm going.

Some parameters:

  • Since country of origin/citizenship is sometimes a factor, assume that I am a US citizen living in the United States.
  • Assume a single destination; I go to foreign country for a couple of weeks, and then I come back to the US (although I might have to transit through a couple of countries to get there and/or back).
  • Assume that I am an adult traveling by myself. No partner/children/pets.
  • Assume that everything applicable has already been purchased/booked, so things like buying plane tickets, planning the itinerary, buying climate-appropriate clothing, etc. has already been taken care of.
  • Assume that US Dollars are not accepted as currency in the destination country, but it is safe to assume that I would be able to access ATMs during my trip.
  • Assume that English is not widely-spoken in the destination country.

Some examples of items that probably should be on the list (i.e., things that you would most likely need to do before traveling anywhere):

  • Inform credit/debit card issuers of your itinerary (countries and dates).
  • Check to see if you need a tourist visa for your destination country (and transit visas for any countries you pass through to get there!).
  • Learn the following phrases in the language widely-spoken in your destination country: .....
  • Write down address and phone number of hotel in destination country.

When I travel, I find that there are certain things I always have to do before I leave, regardless of where I'm going.

And, when I talk with other travelers, I find that many of these same things apply when they travel as well — regardless of where they are traveling, they have to run through these same "preflight" preparations as well.

The tasks typically fall under the following categories:

  1. Legal (Paperwork/Documentation)
  2. Economic (Cash/Cards)
  3. Safety (Contacts/Research)
  4. Cultural (Language/Etiquette)

Although pre-travel preparations are always a little bit different depending on the destination, travelers and purpose, these are the tasks that you have to do regardless of where/how/why you are going.

Because this is a community wiki question, please edit existing answers to add more information rather than creating a new one, unless your answer is comprehensive.

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