Trips out of the country are full of unexpected adventures, excitement, and new experiences. They’re something that everybody should have the chance to enjoy at least once in their lifetime. If you have recently planned a trip out of the country, whether it is your first or your tenth, it’s essential that you prepare appropriately.
When it comes to traveling out of the country, there are so many differences that you will experience in regards to the travel process. If you know what they are you can count on a much smoother trip ahead and ensure that you are prepared. Here are a few of the ways that you can start preparing for your trip out of the country.
Check Your Passport
In order to travel out of the country, you must have your passport, and it needs to be up to date. Most countries will require your passport to be valid for at least six months after your return date. If you are looking at your passport and realizing that yours doesn’t meet these qualifications, then the first thing you’re going to want to do is to go get yourself an updated passport.
The process of getting a passport isn’t too difficult. Be prepared to fill out an application and get your picture taken, but the toughest part is waiting for it to arrive. Passports can take up to six weeks to arrive after you’ve finished the application. The time that it takes to process the application and receive the passport is the primary reason that this is the first thing you should do when you’ve booked a trip out of the country.
The good news is, if you need your passport in less than six weeks, there are ways that you can make that happen. Though it might cost a little bit extra, it’s always good to know that there is a way for you to receive your passport in a rush when you need it.
Not every country is going to require you to get certain vaccinations before you travel, but there are some that do. If you’re going to be traveling for a longer period of time, there might be precautionary vaccinations that are suggested. The best place to find additional information on the vaccinations that are required in the area that you’re traveling to is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is not only a great place to learn about the different vaccinations that are recommended, but they are also a fantastic resource about any diseases that you might come across while traveling, the conditions of both food and water, and so much more. So, if it’s your first time visiting this country, it’s worth spending some time learning about what you can anticipate.
Back to vaccinations! While a majority of these vaccinations are merely a precaution, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. That being said, be sure to schedule any vaccinations that you need at least six weeks prior to your departure. When you do, hold onto the documentation proving that you received the vaccination.
Register Your Trip
Given that you will be out of the country, it’s always a good idea to register your trip with the U.S. Department of State. By registering your trip and your itinerary online, the U.S. government will be able to find you in the case of an emergency. When you’re traveling to remote areas, this is an extremely great way to make sure that someone is able to get ahold of you. This is relatively quick and easy to do, and the best part is that it’s free!
When you register your trip, you have the opportunity to list third parties, like your friends and family, that can contact the Department of State if they need to find out where you are. Whether you’re a parent with a child that’s going abroad or vise versus, registering a trip can make it even the slightest bit easier for you to rest easy when your loved one is abroad.
If you use any prescriptions regularly or there are any prescriptions that you are dependent on, make sure to get them refilled before you leave for your trip. If you are going to be traveling for long periods of time, you’ll want to fill enough of the prescription to get you through the time that you are abroad. Your medical professional should be able to make this happen, just give them a call and explain the circumstances.
When you are traveling with medication, it’s good to bring a copy of the prescription with you. Any filled prescriptions should be separated from over the counter medicine. As you pack, make sure that you are keeping all prescriptions in their original bottle and keep the copy of the prescription with them. We always suggest packing them in your carry-on bag for easy inspection.
ParkDIA When You’re Going Abroad
When you’re going to be taking a trip out of the country, be it a short visit or an extended stay, ParkDIA can accommodate your vehicle. We offer both covered and uncovered parking options for you to take advantage of. Browse our long term airport parking options available at the Denver airport and reach out to us if you have any additional questions that we can assist with.