You’ve booked your flights. You’ve secured transfers. You’ve reserved the best hotels and B&Bs in the country. You’ve even made notes on recommended restaurants, bars and pubs.
But have you done it all?
The truth of the matter is it is hard, even for frequent travelers, to remember the vast amount of things needing to be done before an international trip.
So, I’ll help you out.
Here are the top five things most people forget to do before they head to Italy.
1. Talk to the Credit Card Company
To protect their customers, many banks place restrictions on where cards can be used. If you plan to travel to Italy, call your credit card compan(ies) and let them know. This will help you avoid any embarrassing moments and ensure you don’t lose a morning waiting for your American bank’s customer service center to open.
2. Copy and Distribute Important Documents
Many people know they should make copies of their passports before they head abroad-and that advice is right on. However, there are other documents you should copy, as well.
Make a copy of your driver’s license, social security card or any other important documents normally in your wallet and leave them in a safe place at home.
Also, make copies of the back of your credit cards-where international and customer service numbers are listed-and put them in a safe place. Don’t keep them in your wallet. They’ll be of no use to those wallet-grubbing thieves in there.
3. Fill Prescriptions
If you are embarking on a lengthy international trip-like to Italy, for example, then be sure you have an adequate supply of vitamins or important medication. Don’t forget to keep the doctor’s prescription with you and write down major ingredients of your must-have pills, in case you have to search for replacements abroad.
4. Double-Check Airline Luggage Restrictions
And this also means, their carry-on limitations. This is especially important if you plan to take flights within the country. One of my favorite low-cost airlines, Blu-Express, only allows five kilos in your carry-on. If that is too restrictive, you can plan to take the train, choose another airline or leave unnecessary items at home. But at least you will know this before you arrive at the airport.
5. Confirm Cell Phone Service and Rates
We’ve seen this happen again and again at our bed and breakfast. American travelers arrive in the bel paese, try to use their phone-which they’ve confirmed will work-and well, they can’t. Before you travel to Italy, stop by your wireless carriers store, show them the phone you plan to use and confirm their international rates and policies.
What other things do you think people tend to overlook when planning an Italy vacation?
Until next time … Buon Viaggio!