Right now, there’s a feeling of exuberance in many Americans. As COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed, people are hopeful this pandemic will soon be over. It’s expected that by mid-April, the majority of Americans will be eligible for a vaccine. Indeed, all stops seem to point to the eventual end of the reign of the virus. That can be your cue that your international travel days could be well at hand.
But that’s not to say you should not be prepared when you go on vacation. As life-threatening as the virus is, giving yourself ample protection is still a must. For one, choosing your destination is vital. Places that used to be a haven for travelers who wish to get away from all the anxiety and trouble the virus has caused are now considered “very high” risk areas for travel (e.g., the Caribbean).
Then there’s the case for requirements. It’s no accident the travel industry was one of the first industries to close when the pandemic started. You should therefore ensure you have what it takes to get into a country. To note, look at where you can go.
Thus, all this begs the question: What are you going to bring with you to make your first trip a success? What should you pack?
The good news is you’re not alone. Experts from the travel industry themselves are giving you the lowdown on what’s best to pack. Learning from them is spot-on. Here’s their take.
What to Bring
For starters, you should slip essential items into your carry-on bag. And in that list are:
- Antibacterial handwash
- Hand sanitizer/alcohol
- You should ensure you’ve got plenty of supply to go around. A good rule before you go is to unpack your bag and double your supplies to last at least 14 days. Additionally, a Ziplock (disposal) bag for your used items should be handy.
- As detrimental as the virus to everyone is, many countries, not to mention travel companies, require you to test negative from the virus. In this regard, you should procure at-home COVID-19 tests before you leave. You can use your smartphone to record the results and show everyone you’re a welcome guest.
- Now, some countries (e.g., Sweden) are requiring vaccine passports in due time. Other countries would likely follow. It’s paramount, therefore, that if you have received the vaccine that you make the data available. The appropriate smartphone app should help you get this done. Needed data should be available for every authority who needs it.
- Of course, you should ensure you get ample clothes to wear for your adventure. Added to that, you should bring along the gear that could withstand the rigors of travel. This should include the right footwear. A glorious example of battle-ready shoes that fits in just about any terrain you set foot to is Danner shoes. With its unparalleled craftsmanship, the brand has become a go-to pair for people who expects the best adventure in life.
- Before You Go
- It’s best to be safe rather than sorry. At this point, you should get yourself ample protection if you decide to travel abroad. In this regard, there are critical things you need to do before you even book that flight.
- Right from the get-go, get vaccinated.
- Not only is it bound to be a requirement in many foreign lands, but that also is putting your safety first and foremost. That means you lessen your risk of getting sick (or worse) while enjoying your trip. According to the authorities, the rule of thumb is getting a COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks before you hop on a plane.
- Get your travel insurance an upgrade.
- This is strategic thinking. A good start is to change your regular policy, which details “named perils” to coverage that could “cancel for any reason.” By doing so, you get a lot more refunded if you so decide to cancel your trip. Experts say you could get as much as 75% refunded depending on your travel insurance. On the other end of the spectrum, an upgrade may cost you some dollars, but it’s all worth it at this time of the year.
- Confirm ahead.
- There’s a lot of last-minute policy changes going on these days. Thanks to the changeable results of the virus, you can’t really predict what’s working now would still be working tomorrow. German chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent U-turn about Easter celebrations is one fine example of this.
- Thus, you need to call ahead to confirm things. Indeed, planning can get you a long way in your first international trip. It ensures more of these out-of-the-country trips are coming your way in the near future.
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