5. Travel Insurance
Do you need travel insurance? That’s ultimately up to you. I know plenty of people who travel without it and plenty of people who never travel without it. Personally, I believe you should carry some type of insurance when you’re traveling. Things will happen whether you think it will or won’t. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I highly doubt you want to be stuck with a hefty hospital bill if you break your leg abroad. Depending on the coverage, you’ll also be protected against theft, flight cancellations, lost luggage, and more. I personally use SafetyWing and I love them. Their customer service is great and they even paid for our flights home during an emergency situation.
6. Cold Hard Cash
Always have USD on you. Sometimes, immigration officials will only accept USD for visas and they won’t accept their own currency. When we went to Laos two years ago, we ran into this issue. It might be different now though. Furthermore, in the past, Uzbekistan had a black-market currency exchange program where you could get double the local currency when exchanging with USD. Lastly, you just never know when ATMs won’t work or when your ATM card might stop working.
7. Portable Charger
My portable charger has saved my life and my phone’s life many times. We have been on some very long bus rides that didn’t have an outlet to plug my phone charger in. Nothing will make a long bus ride or flight more miserable than your phone running out of juice.
Random, I know. Your pen will come into good use when you have to fill out a passenger arrival form on your flight before you land. Sometimes, the flight attendants won’t have enough pens to hand out to every passenger who doesn’t have one. I don’t know about you, but I’m hesitant to ask my neighbor to borrow their pen. Kudos to you if you’re braver than I am when it comes to that.