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Travellers check list

Prepare yourself and have a trouble free trip!

Below is a check list of 18 items to consider before travelling overseas from Australia.

# What you might needAnd why
1 Travel Insurance

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Travel Insurance provides a range of benefits to ensure that if things do go wrong you are protected - from the simple replacement of lost luggage items to trip cancellation expenses or the potentially huge cost of overseas medical treatment. Read more at the travel insurance section of here
2 Passport
Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the period for which you are traveling.  Take a photocopy and leave it with a family member or friend.
3 Visa
Take a photocopy and leave it with a family member or friend.
4 International Drivers Permit
Not all car hire companies will accept a foreign drivers licence.  Contact your local Australian Motoring Association to find out more about the issuing of an International Driving Permit (IDP).
5 Tickets, Reservations and Itinerary Take photocopies of all important travel documents and reservation confirmations and leave them with a family member or friend.
6 Vaccinations
Check with your doctor prior to departure.
7 Medications Keep a list of all prescription drugs required whilst travelling and check with your doctor prior to departure.
8 Medicare Card
Medicare benefits are not available for treatment received overseas but Australia has reciprocal health care agreements with a number of countries.  These agreements do not replace the need for medical insurance for travel overseas.  Details are available at the Medicare page of the Health Insurance Commission site.
9 Travel Advisories
Check the Smart Traveller website prior to departure.
10 Mail Collection Have a friend collect your mail or ask the post office to hold it for you.
11 Deliveries Cancel any regular deliveries prior to departure.
12 Pay Bills Make sure all your bills are paid prior to departure.
13 Out of Office Assistant Have you put your out of office assistant on and diverted your phone?
14 Credit Cards Check your card limits (including any daily limits) with your financial institution.
15 Travellers Cheques and Local Currency Ensure you have some local currency on you when you arrive and depart from your destination in case any local arrival or departure taxes are payable.
16 Hand Luggage A change of clothes, essential toiletries (such as deodorant, tooth paste and brush and any required medications) and your travel documents.
17 Mobile Phone Check coverage is available at your destination with your provider.
18 Baggage Allowance Check with your airline about any baggage allowance limits.

Disclaimer: provides these suggestions for your convenience. does not make any recommendation about the steps you should take in preparation for your travel.