5 Things To Take When You Go Abroad
Whether you’re planning a trip or taking a huge leap towards a permanent move don’t forget to pack a few items that will definitely come in handy the moment you land! First and foremost, before you embark on your journey, DO YOUR RESEARCH. What should you do? Where should you go? What is there to see? What local foods should you try? Learn as much as you can to make your trip as comforting as possible.
SO- with that said, what are some necessities you’ll need to include in your carry-on before you take off? (Aside from your clothes of course) Let’s go through the list!
- An Adapter
An adapter is crucial not just for your gadgets but basically any common appliance you might decide to move with you whether it’s that expensive hairdryer you can’t let go of or the PlayStation you just can’t live without. The adapter will definitely prove to be very useful the minute you land. Nowadays there are 15 different types of plugs and sockets used worldwide so it’s important to know what type of adapter you’ll need. I suggest getting a multi-country adapter (especially for those that enjoy traveling around more often than most).
2. A Map
So you’ve done your research and you know you want to visit Buckingham Palace and say hello to the Queen when you get to London. Well how will you get there? It’s always essential to have a map with you when you move or visit a city for the first time. Whether it’s a paper map or an app on your smartphone- you’ll need one!
3. First Aid Kit
Every person adapts differently depending on the atmosphere they’re in. It’s always better to be prepared when going to a new country. Pack a travel size first aid kit with some essentials for every worst-case scenario: pain relievers such as ibuprofen, some Dramamine for motion sickness or nausea, Benadryl for those nasty bug bites or any allergy or inflammatory medication, sun screen, band aids and antiseptic wipes. These are just a few items that will always come in handy when you travel, especially if you’re not used to different environments or foods.
4. Bills Bills Bills
Always carry around cash, whether you’re abroad or not cash is imperative to put in your wallet. Who knows, you could end up in a situation where credit cards aren’t accepted. Aside from the language barrier, exchanging the right type of currency is crucial for purchases when you go abroad. Whether you need to pay for your taxi, buy food, go shopping or just to pick up a local magazine or newspaper you’ll need some cash. While every currency holds its unique value, some may be more difficult to find depending on where you’re moving to. Make sure to convert your cash to U.S. dollars before you travel. The USD is the most globally used, making it easier to exchange when you get to your destination. (Get those dollars!)
5. International Driving Permit
While public transportation is always the most convenient way to get around, it might not be available or well developed in every city. It’s always safer to get your international license before any big move just in case you need to drive or rent a car or even take a road trip to explore the country!
To sum things up, do your research, bring an adapter, download those map apps, prepare a first aid kit, take out some cash and get that international license up to date! Always be ready when you travel and always LEARN about where you’re going.
GOOD LUCK Expats!
Written by Dima C