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10 Essentials For International Moving and Travel

You May Think You Know the Essentials For International Moving

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Just to be sure, here is our list of 10 essentials for international moving and travel.

The Nature of International Travel Has Changed-

With the tragic events in recent months, in addition to elevated social and cultural tensions; now more than ever it is important to safeguard yourself when traveling or moving abroad. These 10 essentials will help you to avoid unexpected delays due to incorrect or incomplete documents, as well as give you some inside information regarding international moving, and international shipping.

10 Essentials for International Moving and Travel

1. Proper Documentation


This is a given, right? Many Americans would assume that they only need a passport  to travel internationally. While having a passport is absolutely a necessity- there is some additional information about your passport that you should know.

  • Your Passport needs to have at least 2 blank pages
  • Your passport should be valid up until 6 months after you arrive back in the US,
  • While your passport may expire every 10 years, children’s passports expire every  years

The means by which you travel changes the requirements of the documentation you must present when entering or leaving the US. For Example

Trusted Traveler’s Programs

There are some instances in which you may not need a passport when traveling in and out of the US. You can also apply to a trusted traveler’s program in order to fast track through customs and retain proof of your US citizenships.

What are they? 

CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs provide expedited travel for pre-approved, low risk travelers through dedicated lanes and kiosks. You must apply to this service then undergo a rigorous interview process and background check. Click the following link for more information on Trusted Travelers Programs 

Additional Documentation

  • If you are traveling with any medication, you need to bring a doctors note for the prescription. Some countries are strict with any type of medication, including over the counter medications.
  • You should make at least 2 photocopies of any and all travel documentation. Leave one with a trusted friend, and bring the other with you, however it should be stored in a different bag entirely than your regular luggage
  • Some countries may require you to present a visa, even for a temporary stay. Make sure to check with the embassy at your destination

2. Insurance

We really cannot stress enough how important it is to have health insurance when traveling. You just never know – accidents happen, and what you don’t want is to be on foreign soil, injured or sick and without the access to medical treatment.

If your current insurance policy does not cover international travel, another option is to seek out temporary, supplemental insurance.and emergency evacuation. Foreign hospitals and doctors often require payment in cash. , and Emergency medical evacuation can cost up to $100,000. Social Security and Medicare does not provide coverage outside of the United States. Learn more at Your Health Abroad.
Also check if you have coverage for trip interruption/cancellation and loss or theft, to help pay for unexpected expenses.

3. Information About the Nearest American Embassy Or Consulate

You should always keep a copy of this information with you, in both your native language, and the language of your destination city. Write down the name of the agency, the address, and the number of the  building as well as an emergency contact number so that in the event of an emergency, your family can be contacted.

Not very many people know exactly in which ways these two agencies can or cannot help you if you find yourself  in a jam over seas. Click Here for Important Info on their ability to assist you.

4. 220v Adapter

Many people are unaware of the difference regarding electronics and appliances when traveling or moving overseas. It you want anything  you brought with you to actually work, then be sure to pack the proper adapter.

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Example of the various Types of Wall Sockets

5. A First Aid Kit

A small first aid kit is absolutely essential to moving or traveling overseas. Your kit should include:

  • Band- Aids (various sizes)
  • Anti Bacterial Ointment
  • Sleep Aid
  • Thermometer
  • Sterile alcohol Wipes
  • An Ace Bandage
  • Gauze Pads
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Burn Cream

 6. A Pocket Dictionary

If you are traveling to a country which has a different language than your own, it is important to be able to have some kind of reference material to which you can refer if need be. It will make traveling around the nation much easier when you can communicate basic phrases and get help from locals about things to do or places to see.


7. Knowledge of Local Laws (both cultural faux pas, and written)

It is important to go to any new situation with as much knowledge about that situation as possible. What may seem like a joke or token of affection in the US may be considered a serious social misstep elsewhere. Depending on the country – laws may be incredibly strict, and for reasons you may feel are arbitrary.  Remember you are a guest in their country- so at least make an effort to be inoffensive and learn about the local  customs culture and customs.

Example: In many countries, especially in the Middle East, Latin America, Western Africa, Russia, and Greece, a thumbs-up is equivalent in meaning to holding up a middle finger does for Americans.

8. Converted Currency

You can actually save a lot of money by converting your currency before arriving at your destination. Places such as airports and hotels in the immediate vicinity of airports will almost always charge you higher fees or give you a less than optimal exchange rate for currency.

Additionally. having the money in the correct currency before you arrive at your destination will give you some time to become familiar with the notes and coins.

9. A Physical Map

For the most part, we all have smart phones. The problem with smart phones is that they have this uncanny ability to die at exactly the wrong moment. Carrying a foldable map of the city in which you are staying solves this problem. As an additional bonus, before you leave, mark interesting places or necessities that are near you so that you can easily navigate around the city without having to rely on good signal and strong batteries.

10. A Good Attitude, and an Open Mind

Whether you’re moving internationally, or simply going for a visit; one of the best things you can bring with you is an open mind and a good attitude. Traveling abroad can sometimes be overwhelming, frustrating, and difficult. If you let those emotions take over, you may miss out on some really fun experiences and learning things you otherwise would never have learned. Let minor inconveniences roll off your shoulders, take unfamiliar problems with a grain of salt, and stay as positive as you can be – it is the only way to be able to fully appreciate another country,m and another culture.



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