Valley International Airport

Your International Travel Checklist

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There might be nothing more exciting than traveling abroad, and nothing more nerve-wracking! Traveling outside the country is much less stressful when you’re confident that you have everything you need to get to where you’re going safely and comfortably. 

Read your Harlingen international airport checklist of things to take care of before traveling to another country.

1. Get To Know Your Destination

Long before your international flight, you should study up on some of the basics about your destination. You’ll want to know things like the currency used there, cultural customs, how to order food, appropriate clothing, tipping practices, useful phrases, and any relevant laws. 

You should look into the State Department’s information on the country you’re heading to, and subscribe to their STEP alerts for that country. This will keep you informed about any upcoming travel restricting or potential unrest.

2. Travel Documents

Before traveling abroad, you’ll need to check that all of your travel documentation is up-to-date and on hand. This might include things like your passport or travel visas. In some countries, you need a passport that will be valid for at least the next six months in order to enter, so make sure your passport isn’t approaching its expiration. 

Do your research to make sure you have all the required documentation for your travel destination and return trip. Keep both a physical and digital copy of all required paperwork, just in case.

3. Vaccinations

This is another item on the checklist that you will need to complete long before your actual flight. You’ll need plenty of time to make sure any vaccines you receive have built up full immunity prior to your departure. 

For some vaccines, you’ll need to receive multiple doses, and that can take months to complete. You can talk to your doctor to find out what shots you need to safely and legally travel to your intended destination.

4. Banking and Credit Cards

To avoid any issues, you’ll need to inform your bank and credit card companies when you travel out of the country. You should also consider asking your financial institutions about any additional fees they may charge for foreign ATM transactions. You might find that some of your cards charge fees and others don’t. It’s also a good idea to bring more than one card with you on your trip in case one fails. 

5. While Your Gone

One step that you might not really think about is what’s going to happen at your house while you’re away. If you’re going to be away for any significant amount of time, it’s a good idea to find someone who can take care of your house while you’re gone. This might include things like gathering your mail and watering your plants. Plus, don’t forget to find lodging for any pets you may have!

6. Travel Essentials

Finally, there’s a whole hodgepodge of stuff that you should consider taking with you to make your trip go smoothly. Below you can find a list of essential items that you should bring, but keep in mind that there may be many other non-essential items you might want to take along with you:

  • Your medications
  • IDs, insurance, travel documents
  • Cash, credit cards, debit cards
  • Cell phone, cell charger
  • Outlet converters
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Headphones
  • Earplugs, eye mask
  • Sweater, scarf

Catch Convenient International Flights From Your Harlingen International Airport

Everything’s easier with a little guidance. With our handy travel checklist, we hope we’ve made international travel just a little bit easier for our wonderful passengers. 

No matter what your destination may be, you can find convenient flights heading out of your Harlingen international airport. Book a non-stop flight to Chicago or Austin today to start your next adventure!

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