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If you’re a novice traveler with an international trip planned in the coming months, this list of tips for first-time international travelers could save you time, money, and complications.


  1. Renew Your Passport Ahead of Time


A United States Passport is generally valid until the date printed on the information page within the cover of your passport. But, it is important for you to know that a person with a passport that’s within six months of expiring can be denied entry into a foreign country. The reason for this is that the foreign country wants to ensure that a United States citizen will still have a valid passport if their international visit is extended longer than six months due to unforeseen circumstances. If your passport is within six months of expiring, be sure to submit a passport renewal application before your international departure.


  1. Bring Necessary Medications


While it’s standard procedure that you bring extra doses of any and all prescription medications you require to maintain optimal health, it’s also a wise idea to bring a small emergency kit of over-the-counter medications, ointments, and powders that you think you may need during your travels. Medications such as antacid tablets, aspirin, allergy tablets, diarrhea relief tablets, cough drops, cold/flu tablets or liquid, and any other over-the-counter medication you may require can be found at drugstores in most foreign countries you visit, but a language barrier could prove to delay your acquisition of any relief medications. To prevent this, simply bring an emergency stash of your own.


  1. Apply For Travel Insurance


Medical emergencies can occur at any time during your travels. This is especially true if you plan on engaging in risky or hazardous activities while abroad. It would benefit you greatly to purchase travel insurance for the duration of your visit abroad. Travel insurance would provide you with medical care in the event of an emergency, would pay for an evacuation should an international crisis occur during your visit, and would also reimburse you for any lost luggage.


  1. Restrict Your Data


Unless you’ve purchased a special international data plan before leaving on your trip, you should seriously consider turning off your data while abroad. Data roaming charges could be significantly expensive and would ruin your return home when you received your cell phone bill.