What to Pack when Traveling Abroad

Whether you are going on a weekend trip, a three day business trip, or traveling internationally for an extended period of time, what you pack or do not pack can have a significant impact on the outcome of your trip.

Regardless of the destination or duration of your travel, you should consider packing articles that are versatile and adaptable.

On Your Person

  • Comfortable and appropriate footwear
  • Cash in the destination Currency
  • Passport & other personal Identification
  • Country contact info
  • Dummy/Throw-away wallet
  • Business Cards
  • Charge Card
  • Transport tickets


  • Medications
  • Copies of passport and ID
  • Vaccination certificates
  • Prescription notes
  • A change of clothes
  • Map of destination
  • Coat, rain coat or umbrella 

Checked Bag

  • Versatile and adaptable clothes 
  • Mobile phone charger and international adapters 
  • Toiletries 
  • 'Emergency-Bag,' see below

The 'Emergency-Bag'

The 'Emergency-Bag' is a bag just big enough to accommodate personal security items and other belongings that will be of use to you should you need to evacuate your place of stay in a hurry. You can pre-pack your 'Emergency-Bag' with your personal security items before you travel; however, you should finish packing your 'Emergency-Bag' with other items, identified below, when you arrive at your destination.

Personal Security Items

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Emergency foil blanket
  • Personal attack alarm
  • Compass or GPS
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Multi-use tool
  • Smoke hood
  • Door stop


  • A hat (to block sun or for warmth)
  • A change of clothes
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Light jacket, shell, or poncho
  • Scarf or bandana

What to NOT Pack

Note that the final decision rests with the TSA officer on whether an item is allowed through the checkpoint. Below is a general list of items to NOT bring, click here to visit the TSA website for specifics.
  • Drugs without a valid prescription note
  • Unlabeled, non-prescription medication
  • Illicit substances
  • Fuels and Lubricants
  • Alcohol
  • Weapons
  • Classified information
  • Aerosols
  • Pornography

What Pack Upon Arrival

  • Address lists and contact numbers
  • Filled water bottle or bottled water
  • Transportation tickets
  • Copies of passport and ID
  • Meal bars or granola bars
  • Cash

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