7 things to have written down when traveling internationally

In my travels, I found that having the following information in my journal was very helpful:

  1. Contact details of the nearest U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate
    • They are helpful if you have lost your passport, need to evacuate, get injured or sick or need help with your visa. They can also provide security and travel information.
  2. Important phone numbers including the country emergency number
  3. Temperature conversions and weight conversions
    • Almost all countries use the metric system.  I found it helpful knowing that 0 degrees Celsius is 32 degrees Farenheit and 30 degrees Celcius is 86 degrees Farenheit.
  4. Values of the coins and notes and exchange rate
    • For example New Zealand coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2. Notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. It was also helpful to note that at the time 1 NZ dollar was equivalent to US .65.
  5. Directions to hostels, hotels and campgrounds.
  6. Flight information.
  7. Basic words and expressions in the local language.
    • It was helpful to know the words for no, yes, thank you, hello, bye, I’m sorry, please, numbers 1-10, and how much is this?

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