As you prepare for your trip overseas, either studying in a new country or traveling for leisure, there are a number of things to keep in mind. Your list of things to bring is probably getting longer and longer every day, but there are also some things you should avoid bringing on your trip.
It’s tempting to bring food from your home, especially on a long trip during which you may not be able to find it for weeks or months. But food can quickly add to the size and cost of your luggage. It also keeps you from enjoying the local cuisine where you are visiting. Unless there is a medical reason to do so, leave the extra packaged food at home.
Don’t bring anything that you would be heartbroken over if it was lost. If you know you’ll be returning home, leave the heirlooms, jewellery and other impossible to replace possessions with friends or family until you are back.
Don’t forget your medications when you go on a trip, but make sure anything you bring with has a prescription. Medication without a prescription can cause problems in different countries depending on their local laws, and if for some reason, you need it in an emergency, a prescription makes it that much easier to be treated.
Depending on where you are traveling and where you currently live, the plugs and adapters for your devices may not be compatible. Be sure to research in advance what types of plugs are needed in your destination countries and buy a universal adapter to match so you don’t have issues charging your items.
This is another thing you’ll want to research before you go on your trip. What types of payment are accepted in your destination country? Can you use your existing credit cards or will you need to get a new one to match modern technology? Can you easily convert any existing cash you have or should you convert it in advance to ensure you have enough money? You’ll be glad you answered these questions before going on your trip.
Your overseas study trip will be one of the most memorable events of your life, but make sure you only bring what you absolutely need and be prepared for whatever the trip might throw your way.
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