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32 Crucial Tips for Traveling to Foreign Countries

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Reduce by half what you plan to pack

First, set aside ample time to pack. Then lay out everything you want to take, separate them by outfits, and finally edit the items down to what you really need.

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Do not forget discounts you may be entitled to

There are many discount codes that can be found for flights, hotels, restaurants, and other travel-related expenses. You can save lots of money if you’re willing to put in the time and scour the internet for deals.

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Bring extra glasses

Do not leave without an extra pair of glasses and a copy of your latest prescription. Glasses can break anywhere, but if it happens on vacation, it’s comforting to know that you have both a backup pair of glasses and prescription sunglasses. Make sure your prescription is available online by emailing yourself a copy. That way, if you need to order a new pair while away, it is easier for the optician to duplicate your prescription.

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Never be rude to airline personnel or TSA agents

This can only cause you trouble, such as possibly getting you thrown off a flight, arrested, or held for questioning.

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Do not wear belts or shoes that are hard to remove

The same goes for baggy clothes, flowing skirts, or excessive jewelry. In general, avoid wearing items that will slow down your time getting through airport security or arouse suspicion.