Today, I want to share with you Pt. 2 of how to prepare for international travel. This week has been my week of running around like a chicken with my head cut off. It has been a week of trying to remember everything that has to be done in order to be ready for any travel but specifically travel that takes you away for a longer period of time. I am excited to share the things I’ve learned this week with you.
- Tie up all loose ends
For me, it means finishing up Thank You notes from the wedding, or well the second reception. I’ve been terrible about getting those things done with the pregnancy brain and other symptoms. This carpal tunnel has certainly made writing difficult. I’ve gotta stop making excuses and get it done though.
- Make sure your name is correct on all documents.
I still have to finish up my frequent flyer mile account with Delta. They only allow me to fax over the information so this has been the most annoying. We don’t have a fax machine at home so I have to go to the FedEx store down the street. The other issue is that it’s hot as Hades here so I don’t even want to leave the house. I’m going to try to get this done early today.
- Get any vaccines.
This is often important in international travel. You’ll need to research what is required for where you’re going. For me, I don’t have any required vaccines. I am pregnant though so the midwife, the hubs, and I believe that the flu vaccine is probably a smart idea. I realize that there is a huge anti vaccine movement going on in the world, but I am not a person who subscribes to it. Plus, who wants to be sick on their honeymoon?
- Throw out things that will go bad.
You’re going to have to clean out that fridge before you leave, or well at least it’s the best advice I can give you. You don’t want to come home to something that smells so utterly gross you can’t even open it. It’s better to be proactive in this regard. We will be throwing out or giving away anything that will be close to expiration before we return.
- Charge all electronics.
Anything you want to take with you should be charged and ready to go. You don’t want to be stuck midair and you can’t finish that book you’re 90% of the way through and it just got to the good part. That would be the worst!
I hope these tips are helpful when it comes to preparing for your own travel adventures but especially your international travel!