a more comprehensive checklist of items related to international
travel, please check with the Office of International Studies
at the TROY campus.
is offering this preliminary
checklist as a way to begin preparation for your trip abroad.
This list is not intended to be exhaustive but should better prepare
you for your international travel.
Allow 6 weeks; expedited processing available at extra cost
Processing time varies from days to two months, depending on your
purpose for travel, your citizenship and your destination
Make an appointment with a Travel Health Clinic months in advance,
since some inoculations must be done in series over many weeks
Available from most travel agencies and cannot be purchased abroad.
Most rail passes can be purchased immediately at local vendors.
International Youth Hostel Membership Card- optional
TROY University Student ID Card or TROY University Faculty ID
Carry two extra passport pictures separately from your passport,
a copy of your passport, and a certified copy (not the original)
of your birth certificate or an expired passport. If the passport
is lost, report the loss to local police, get written confirmation
of the police report, and take the above documents to the nearest
U.S. consulate (if you are a U.S. citizen) and apply for a new
passport. Note that passports cannot be issued immediately abroad,
and you can expect a delay of days to weeks.
Permission from foreign governments may be required for you to
enter their countries. You must have your passport to apply.
May be recommended for many destinations in Asia, Africa, the
Middle East and Latin America.
You usually must have a round-trip ticket between the U.S. and
foreign destination. Make a photocopy of your ticket (or e-ticket).
Keep backup copies separate from the originals.
Always have multiple forms of money: cash, travelers checks, ATM
and credit cards. Never carry large amounts of cash. Make three
lists of traveler's checks. Leave one at home, carry one with
the checks, and keep one in a different place along with the receipts.
Use a hidden money belt for most of your money.
& ATM cards
Keep a list or a copy of cards, account numbers, PIN numbers,
and emergency replacement procedures. Also, refer to Selected
Travel Abroad Web Sites for information on locating ATMs in foreign
Mark all luggage inside and out with your name and address. Travel
as light as possible. An internal frame backpack is the easiest
to carry. Any suitcases should have wheels.
Non-U.S. citizens must see an international student and scholar
advisor regarding travel plans, your U.S. immigration documents
and re-entry to the U.S. Note that you may also need to obtain
a visa(s) for the country or countries you intend to visit. A
visa may take as long as a month or two to obtain.
Health and accident insurance (ISIC card provides additional insurance,
including evacuation). It may be necessary to contact insurance
agents while abroad, so keep all relevant names, phone numbers,
and policy numbers in a safe place.
Health & Safety Risks
See the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories for potential
travel risks to certain countries.
Must be purchased before you leave. Money savers for extensive
travel include Eurailpass, Eurail Flexipass, Europass, Japan Rail
Pass, Regional or Single Country Rail Passes, etc.
Card provides a broad range of discounts overseas, including the
International Student ID ISIC Card, Youth ID Card (for non-students
under 26), or International Teacher ID Card (ITIC) for full-time
Youth Hostel Membership card
Allows you to stay in hostels all over the world (which generally
do not have age limits); available in Ann Arbor from STA Travel,
Geared to your own travel style and itinerary. Student-oriented
guidebook series include Let's Go, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.
Photocopy your passport, plane ticket, travelers checks, rail
pass, credit card numbers, and prescriptions. Take one set of
copies with you and leave another set in the U.S.
The ISIC card can be used as a phone card. See Phones and Internet
Make a reservation for your first night abroad and get information
on traveling to and from the airport.
All members of the U-M community should register your travel itinerary
on the ITOC web site. If you are a U.S. citizen, register your
travel itinerary with the U.S. Department of State. Non-U.S. citizens
should register with their home country's embassy. See Electronic
Embassy for nearest embassy. Include your itinerary (dates, places
and addresses abroad) and emergency contact information. If this
cannot be done online, then register once you are in the host
country by phone, fax, or in-person. Keep the embassy/consulate
contact information with you in case of emergency.
Take everything you will need for the trip, along with copies
of all prescriptions and the generic names of drugs. Keep medicines
in the original labeled drugstore containers. Take extra eyeglasses
or contacts and the prescription.
Can be obtained from AAA if you intend to drive while abroad.
Write down serial numbers, bring copies of receipts to avoid duty
taxes, and make sure insurance and warranties are up to date (many
home or renters' insurance will cover computers). Be aware of
differences between American and foreign electrical current to
A quick and easy way to communicate with family and friends back
home from internet cafés abroad. Free, web-based email accounts
can be easily acquired (Hotmail, Yahoo!, etc.).
Closest U.S. embassy or consulate (U.S. citizens) or your own
embassy (non-U.S. citizens). Local authorities, if required.
Don't carry everything in one place! Never pack important documents,
medicine or anything you could not do without in checked luggage.
Put them in your carry-on bag.
Try to relax and save energy during your long flight. Jet lag
is a physical and psychological phenomenon that affects almost
all travelers in some way. Through long years of habit, your body
has become accustomed to functioning in accordance with a physiological
clock based on a particular daily cycle. For at least a few days
after arrival, that clock is going to be out of sync with local
Background reading about the countries and people you will see.
Brush up your foreign language skills or buy a phrase book.
Avoid bringing unnecessary electrical devices (hair dryers, computers).
If you bring such items, buy your current converters in the U.S.
as they can be difficult to find abroad.
800, 888 numbers do not work abroad. Make sure that you have numbers
that will work from abroad for your health insurance company,
your credit card company, etc.
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