“Don’t Forget To Do” list.
1. Call my credit card company to add a “Travel Alert” to my account. So when the bank sees ATM debits and Credit Card charges from overseas they’ll accept them. I am careful to give the exact dates so they know when I’ll be home.
2. Purchase travel insurance. I like to be covered for lost or delayed bags, electronic and sporting equipment, missed connections, emergency medical and dental (so I don’t have to pay out-of-pocket), as well as the all-important Emergency Medical Transportation. For the last two trips to Asia I have purchased my insurance through Access America and I’ve been happy with it, so I suggest you do the same.
3. Call my cell phone carrier and add the International Plan. The charge can be pro-rated, so I make a note to call and cancel it as soon as I get home. Most importantly, I ask how much each minute will cost if I call from my destination to the USA. How much will text messages cost? I learn that I should turn the phone off, (use Airplane Mode) or I’ll be charged minutes for every phone message and text sent to me.
3. I go into the bank and get lots of crisp, clean $1 bills to use for tips and shopping (when the vendor doesn’t have change). I also take a couple hundred dollars in US currency, which I keep in my money belt or lock in my suitcase in my room, if a safe isn’t available.
4. Check my list of last minute items I’ve forgotten in the past:
- cell phone charger,
- night gown, toothpaste,
- washcloth (many hotels overseas do not provide them),
- large safety pin or clothespin to fully close hotel drapes,
- a rubber door stopper for added security in hotel rooms.
Good luck. I hope you can learn from my mistakes. Au Revoir.