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What Documents Should You Take With You When You Travel?

by Ben Barton / September 26, 2018

Prior to traveling abroad, it is essential that you have the correct travel documents to complete your journey. Without the right documents, you will find it much harder to travel, or you could be stopped from traveling altogether.

The documents you will need will probably vary depending on the country you're going to, but here are some essentials that will apply for most destinations.

  • A valid passport is essential for overseas travel, and some countries require your passport to have at least six months left on your passport before it expires.
  • Depending on your nationality, and your intended destination, you might require a visa to travel. Make sure that you leave enough time to get your visa, and that it is the correct visa for your intended purpose of travel.
  • Certain countries require a yellow fever certificate of vaccination to grant entry, so it is important that is up to date before you travel.
  • Finally check to see that you have all the correct compliance documentation to travel from your organization.

Storing Electronic Copies of Your Documents

Paper is a bit like an egg. Stay with us for this analogy... Paper is versatile. You can write on it, draw on it, make a paper plane out of it, practice basketball with it - you can do lots of things with paper. However - like an egg - paper is a bit fragile. All it takes is one spillage, one accidental tear, one ill-timed gust of wind, and your important travel documents are gone.

We advise creating electronic copies of all your travel documents, and then storing them in the cloud - including your emergency contacts. That way, you can access them from your phone or laptop, anywhere in the world.

It also means that, if you don’t have access to your phone or laptop, you can still access your travel documents on somebody else’s device by logging into your cloud storage account.

Traveling With An Organization

If you’re traveling with your organization, check with the relevant department to ensure that they have all the information they need to get your visa for you. Also make sure they have all the information they need to support you if you encounter a problem while you’re traveling abroad.

You might be asked to provide details of your next of kin, or your emergency contacts, so make sure that you speak to your listed next of kin or emergency contacts to let them know that you have selected them.

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Ben Barton

Ben Barton

Using words to inform, persuade and entertain. From Travel Safety to the NFL, I write about anything and everything. Except for golf.