So, you've decided to take a trip abroad. You purchased your tickets. You have your itinerary. You even made sure to get luggage and a stylish anti-theft backpack for when you're on the go. Think you're all set? Not so fast! Before boarding your flight, you need to prepare yourself. You don't want any surprises to trip you up along the way. If you're not sure where to start, we've compiled seven essential tips for you.

 

  1. Research
  2. Passport
  3. Chargers and Adapters
  4. Protect your electronics
  5. Transportation
  6. Digital Copies
  7. Notify your bank

 

Research

 

            The first step in preparing for any kind of travel is to research. From local customs to travel advisories, it's important that you take the time to understand the place you’ll be visiting. Performing a simple google search can reveal a host of vital information for your upcoming travels. Researching your destination can also help you plan out how you’ll be spending your time. If you’ve chosen to develop an itinerary, look up local events and attractions to help decide the best ways to spend your time. You should also research important information like conversion rates and entrance/exit fees.

Hands writing on a map near passport and camera

Passport and camera on top of a map with hands writing

Keep Your Passport and Visa Current

 

            It is extremely important to keep your passport and visa up to date. Most destinations require that your passport be valid for a minimum of 6 months past your return date. If you need to apply for a passport, plan to wait up to 6 weeks for your passport to be processed. For those who can’t wait that long, there is the option to have your passport expedited (takes two to three weeks) for an additional fee. Once you have your passport ready, stow it away in your safe travel bag. The Game Theory has a special RFID pocket specifically made to keep your debit and credit cards safe, but it makes a good place to keep your passport as well.

Charging adapters on top of a passport

Passport and camera on top of a map with hands writing

Pack a charger adapter

 

Plug size and voltage varies from country to country. Make sure to bring along several charger adapters with the appropriate plug size for the country you’re traveling to. You can find a variety of brands online to choose from. That said, if a mishap occurs, you can always bring several portable chargers along with you. That will at least keep your phone charged. Charge them before you leave home and you won’t have a problem—at least until you buy a new charger at your destination. You might have to search for a location where you can purchase them. Having an anti-theft backpack with USB charging comes in handy at times like these. That way, you don’t have to hold onto both your phone and the charger out in the open.

 

Protect Your Electronics

 

Whether you’re traveling for work or fun, odds are you’ve packed a number of essential and quite fragile electronics to bring along your trip. Prior to boarding your plane, it’s important that you ensure that your devices are secure and able to make it to and from your destination safely. Protecting your electronics can be something as simple as bringing along a laptop bag or storing your devices in an anti-theft backpack. No matter what you choose, make sure your devices are protected.

Underground tube train pulling into a station

Tube train pulling into the station

Determine Methods of Transportation

 

Nothing is worse than getting to a destination and having no clue how you’ll get around. Before you take your trip abroad, you need to determine what the best method of transportation will be. Will you use Uber, a car service, or public transportation?  Understand the methods of transportation available where you’re traveling. If you need a map, make sure to get one. Whether you are taking public transportation or using a taxi, be aware of your surroundings. Leave anything you don’t need for the day in your hotel room safe. Take what you do need in safe travel gear. Our anti-theft backpack keeps your belongings safe inside the slash-proof exterior. The secure backpack zippers are designed to be hidden from view against your back. There won’t be any pick pockets in your bag.

 

Make digital copies

 

When you’ve lost important documents, digital copies can be a lifesaver. Prior to leaving for your trip abroad, take some time to make digital copies of all the important records you’ll be bringing with you. This includes your passport, prescriptions, itinerary and any other essential documents. Digital copies don't have to be fancy, simply taking a photo with your phone will do. It’s also a good idea to leave copies of these documents with a friend or family member in case of an emergency.

Brown wallet open on table with coins and credit cards

Coins spilling out of open wallet on a table

Notify your bank

 

Notify your bank about your travel dates and destination. Because most banks and credit cards offer some type of fraud protection, it's not uncommon for your card to be turned off when you attempt to make purchases in a foreign country. To avoid this, let your bank know in advance about your travel plans. This way you can use your debit and credit cards wherever you are. Be aware that some people might attempt to steal your money using RFID skimming. This is a type of theft that occurs when someone scans your card with an RFID reader. The only way to keep your cards safe is by using an RFID wallet. Good thing your travel bag has an RFID pocket already built inside. No one’s going to be getting any of your money.

 

With the right planning and enough research, even the most worrisome traveler can enjoy a safe, care-free trip. Going abroad can be super daunting. Putting some time aside to focus on research can make all the difference. So, remember to do your research, keep your identification up-to-date, and understand how you will travel when you arrive. Make digital copies of all your important documents, protect your credit cards and always notify your bank. Following these simple steps will make things a lot easier in the long run. All of your electronics and belongings will be safe in The Game Theory backpack. The rest is up to you.

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