Travel

My collection of travel tips:

General

Disaster Preparedness Items

    Make a copy of your passport, drivers license (or equivalent), birth certificate, and any other government approved ID like the U.S. Nexus card. Encrypt the digital versions and store them on on more than one cloud provider and/or give them to trusted friends and family members.
    Keep a physical copy of your passport and all visas with you but separate from your actual passport.
  • Use a password manager like 1Password, LastPass, or Dashlane with Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Entrust the emergency access codes to trusted friends and family members but do not carry them with you.
  • In your password manager, keep your banking, insurance, and credit card information including digital copies of the physical media.
  • Get paper copies of itineraries, boarding passes, etc. for when the technology breaks down. Save digital copies for backup and records.
  • Have a digital record of your health information including prescription medication.
  • Double check that your prescription medication and over-the-counter stuff is legal where you’re going.
  • Print out and carry with you a card with emergency contact information, important medical information (insurance information, allergies, medication, etc.), and a note to contact your country’s embassy or consulate in your language, the language of the country you are visiting, and English.
  • Register your international travel with your country’s equivalent of the U.S. Secretary of State and your country’s embassy in each country you will visit including those you transit.
  • Email emergency contact information to your hotels. If you are a member of the points program, make sure your profile is updated.
  • Turn on Find My Phone on iOS or the Android equivalent so your trusted friends and family can see your most recent location. If you don’t trust the vendor, have a daily routine to check in with someone by a specific time of day with a backup time in case of the unexpected.

General Advice

  • Pack light – you will not need most of what you think you need
  • Don’t bring anything too precious
  • Hydrate using sealed water bottles & in some places make sure the seal is genuine

Before you leave

  • Get a credit card that has no fees for foreign transactions
  • If you can, have that card give you lounge access
  • If you can, have that card dispense cash with a pin if you need it