Try as we may, there always seems to be items that you leave behind when embarking on an adventure or vacation. And while there is no hard and fast list that can cover everything you need to take (could you imagine how long the list would be!), this article includes some of the most commonly forgotten items to check off before you leave the house with your suitcase in tow.
Money and ATM cards
If you have been planning your trip for a while then it’s likely that you already have foreign currency, so that you can land at your destination ready to spend! However, have you told your bank that you are traveling?
Having your cards blocked while you are abroad is one of the most frustrating and inconvenient things that can happen because your bank isn’t always accessible in your destination’s time zone.
Even if you speak to them on your way to the airport, be sure that you let them know you are traveling, which places you will be visiting, and the dates that you intend to be there. This is the best way to prevent your cards from being blocked. If you aren’t able to speak with your bank before you leave, buy a small item at the airport such as a bottle of water or a coffee. When it comes time for your bank to review an international transaction, this can be a great identifier to confirm that you have indeed left the country and your card hasn’t taken a magic carpet ride.
While your resort may include free wi-fi, the airport you arrive in isn’t likely to be as generous. This can leave you in a precarious position if you aren’t able to access your maps app, call a car to pick you up, or even snap a photo at the airport and check in on your favorite social media pages.
Speak with your cell provider before you leave and activate international roaming. Remember that the prices while abroad are likely to differ from those you pay at home. If your provider can’t offer you roaming, check out the Groupon Coupons page for T Mobile to get a deal on a cell service you can use across the globe without any hassle.
Hard Copy of your reservations
E-tickets, mobile wallets, and email confirmation are all the rage when it comes to modern international travel. As great as these options are, the digital world is not infallible. For this reason, consider printing out a single sheet with the details of any reservations and bookings you have made for your vacation. This list could include items such as your flight details, where you will be staying when you arrive, along with any important information such as VISA approvals.
While it can seem like an unnecessary task, when the digital world fails you at the airport, this single piece of paper is going to be your saviour.