With the dollar strong compared to many currencies including the euro, now is the perfect time to enjoy an international trip. When you travel on rewards trips planned by Docherty Incentives & Meetings, we’re with you every step of the way from the planning to preparing to even packing.
Getting ready for an international trip can be a daunting yet exciting process. The most important step is making sure you have a passport that’s still valid. As a general rule, your passport should be valid for at least six months after your date of travel; in fact, many countries require it. The other key factor is if the country or countries you’re visiting require a visa for American citizens.
Once you make sure your passport is in order, you can get down to the fun part of preparing for your trip: packing. Knowing what to bring and how to pack will help you focus on experiencing the local culture rather than where to find bandages for your sore feet.
Before you start assembling all your favorite hair products, keep in mind that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has certain restrictions on what you can bring with you on your trip. Some of these restrictions apply to just your carry-on bags while others apply to both carry-on and checked baggage. For example, if you have any liquids in your carry-on bags, whether it is lotion or toothpaste, each item must be less than 3.4 ounces and all liquid items must fit in one quart-sized plastic bag. In addition, certain items are completely prohibited including fireworks and firearms while lithium batteries are allowed only in your carry-on luggage. For more information, check the TSA website.
Just as TSA has restrictions, certain countries around the world have guidelines for what they consider is appropriate, respectful attire. In Egypt, for example, women are expected to dress modestly, which means no sleeveless or strapless tops and no shorts or short skirts. In many Asian countries, you must remove your shoes before going into someone’s home or office. To leave your shoes on is considered rude. Before you pack, review the literature Docherty provides that prepares travelers for the specific customs and practices for the country they’ll visit.
Whether you’re going for a short visit or a long international trip, you can pack lightly and still have room in your suitcase for souvenirs. Leave your dry-clean only clothes at home and instead take washable items that you can mix and match. A couple of pairs of neutral-color pants can coordinate with a variety of shirts and tops. Put on a jacket or add colorful jewelry to change up your look. When traveling overseas, remember that a little goes a long way. Another traveling tip is to roll each piece of clothing you pack and even use the space inside your shoes; that’s a perfect place for a phone charger or pair of socks. For any liquids in your checked luggage, make sure the caps are tight and everything is in plastic bags. There is nothing worse than getting to your destination with a suitcase soaked in mouthwash.
And finally, here is your top 10 list of what to pack with a bonus 5 items of what to leave at home.
With more than 30 years of experience organizing incentive travel to destinations worldwide, Docherty Incentives & Meetings knows how to prepare for any trip. Contact us today, and we’ll help you and your team prepare for the trip of a lifetime!