Travelers Checklist

Smart travelers make sure they are prepared for anything. Follow the U.S. Department of State’s recommended checklist for your next trip.

Make sure you understand the entry/exit requirements, visas, laws, customs, medical care, road safety, etc. in the countries you will be visiting. You can learn more about your destination country prior to travel. Make sure you also have a plan in place for emergencies, health precautions, and your financial well-being. Keep two copies of all your travel documents in case of emergency. Leave one copy with a trusted friend or relative at home and carry the other separately from your original documents. This includes your ID, passport, visas, and international driving permit. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and receive travel and security updates about your destination.


  • Emergency Assistance

    Sometimes, in spite of careful planning, things still go wrong during a trip abroad. The U.S. Department of State does provide help for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate overseas or our Washington, D. C. office (888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444).