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Your overseas travel checklist
Tick off these must-do items before you head off for your overseas trip.
Check your passport
If you're travelling outside the country, it's always a good idea to check the expiry date on your passport. Many airlines will require that your passport is valid for more than six months from the date you return home. If you do need to update your passport, you should allow a suitable amount of time to organise – at least two months – to prevent a last-minute rush.
It's itinerary time!
It's always helpful to write a list – and international travel is no exception. Your itinerary should include your flight details as well as the names and numbers of your accommodation, car rental information, maps to your destinations and any other key contacts you might need. You can manage your itinerary from your phone or tablet with a range of helpful apps. We suggest TripCase or Tripit.
Do you need a travel visa?
Remember to check if the country you're visiting requires a travel visa. If yes, be sure to apply for it at least six weeks before you jet off. To find out if you need a visa, we suggest you check the embassy or consulate website of the country you plan on visiting. Click here for a list.
Get the lowdown on your destination
Keep abreast of any dangers at your destination by logging onto smarttraveller.gov.au. This website does the hard work for you by providing travel warnings and recommendations on behalf of the Australian Government. Be sure to visit the website frequently to get the most updated information.
Register with DFAT
By registering a smart traveller account with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), you can share your itinerary and contact details. This means DFAT can contact your loved ones in the event of an emergency. To register click here.
Photocopies are your friend
It's always a good idea to keep copies of your important documents such as your passport, itinerary, bank cards, travel insurance papers, licences and health insurance. Leave one copy at home and take another copy with you. Keep your copies somewhere safe and separate to where the real documents are kept while you're travelling. If for some unfortunate reason they get stolen or lost, you will have spare copies to refer to.
Make a date with your doctor
A trip to the GP is a good idea before you travel. Depending where you're travelling to, you may or may not need vaccinations. Ask your GP about what's advisable. If you take regular medication and you need to take it with you, your GP can provide a letter explaining what the medicine is for, in case you are questioned when you are going through security or customs at the airport.
Untangle your electronics
You'll need to sort out your devices before heading off. Don't forget chargers, batteries, memory cards and converters that adapt your devices for overseas power points. By pre-purchasing a pre-paid travel sim card for your mobile phone you can avoid costly global roaming charges. We suggest GO-SIM or OneSimCard.
Get travel insurance
Travel insurance is essential nowadays and it's always a good idea to get a policy that covers things such as cancellation, medical costs, and loss of luggage or personal belongings. A policy can be your saving grace if things go a little pear shaped overseas.
Enjoy the holiday without the worry with AAMI's flexible international travel cover. Learn more about AAMI Travel Insurance.