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Essentials required for an international holiday

6 min read Aug 16, 2023


Going on an international holiday is on the bucket list of millions of travellers worldwide. For some, it may be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. For others, it may be part and parcel of their lifestyle.

Either way, it is good to be prepared and have a ready-to-use checklist you can refer to whenever you need to plan an international holiday. Access to a handy checklist makes it easy to plan your international trip, inspiring confidence even in first-time travellers.

Check out a variety of essentials crucial for an international travel holiday. From electronics and clothing items to financial tools like a Forex Card, these essentials work together to ensure a stress-free and memorable vacation experience.

International holidays vs local holidays 

An international holiday is a unique experience. It is quite different from travelling within your own country. You may not have the same support in case of an emergency. During such emergencies, your travel toolkit comes in handy. Creating a travel toolkit requires careful planning and strategic packing. With this approach, you can travel stress-free and enjoy the pleasures of the trip.

With this approach, you can travel stress-free and completely enjoy the pleasures of the trip. 

International holiday essentials checklist 

Important documents 

You must keep several documents handy at every step of your international holiday. Make sure to have the following:

  • Your passport and travel visas
  • A national identification card 
  • Health travel documents as per requirements 
  • Copies of your flight ticket details, accommodation reservations and car rental confirmations
  • Proof of medical and Travel Insurance 

You could carry a dedicated waterproof bag to store all your essential travel documents.

Financial toolkit

Financial planning is a crucial aspect of any international holiday. One handy tool always recommended for an international holiday is a Forex (foreign exchange) Card. A Forex Card, a preloaded card with cash, offers the convenience of withdrawing money and making payments for shopping and other expenses in a foreign currency. You can also check your balance anytime.

Your Forex Card card can be loaded with one or more currencies when you visit multiple countries. Cardholders also have access to insurance in case the card is stolen or lost. For instance, Axis Bank’s Multi-currency Forex Card and Burgundy Multi-currency Forex Card both offer insurance cover up to Rs 3 lakh.

Additionally, it is a good idea for international travellers to apply for separate Travel Insurance. An Axis Bank Travel Guard Insurance Policy comes with a range of benefits. Benefits range from access to medical assistance, medical evacuation, repatriation, and legal assistance, to lost luggage or lost passport, pre-departure services, emergency travel agency assistance and general assistance.

Electronic gear 

In a digitally connected world, it is essential to always have all your electronic devices with you. 

  • If you plan to continue working on your trip, pack your laptop. 
  • Carry your smartphone, mobile charger and power bank 
  • A travel-size iron comes in handy 
  • Noise-cancelling headphones are great
  • Portable WiFi is a must-have to beat weak network zones 
  • A portable luggage scale helps keep your luggage in check 

Clothing and shoes 

The weather conditions at your travel destination play a crucial role in your wardrobe choices for your international holiday. For instance, your wardrobe choices for a cold climate will radically differ from a sunny beach destination.

Even if you have a Forex Card, you don’t want to have to spend extra bucks on clothing and shoes at the last minute.


It’s always good to carry a small first-aid kit wherever you travel. If you have been prescribed specific medications or have any specific medical requirements, ensure you take an ample supply for the travel duration.

Other essentials

Access to toiletry basics helps you maintain hygiene and stay fresh on your travels. Carry them in sufficient quantity to last you during your entire trip to avoid spending money to buy them when overseas.

Carry a refillable water bottle to use while travelling, so that you don’t have to spend on expensive beverages. But don’t shy away from trying out locally available drinks to get a feel of the place you are visiting.

Also Read: [ Benefits Of A Prepaid Forex Card During An International Trip]

Summing Up

While on your holiday, avoid unexpected money-related emergencies. Be prepared with Axis Bank’s multi-currency Forex Card. It is truly your best friend on any international trip. Benefits include carriage of up to 16 currencies in one card, payment facilitated at the loaded/preloaded rate, lower rates on Southeast Asian currencies, and a locked-in exchange margin. It comes with a zero issuance fee and ₹2,500 discount.

Apply from the comforts of your home through a completely paperless journey, enjoy home delivery or same-day bank pick-up, and start planning your international travels.  

Disclaimer: This article is for information purpose only. The views expressed in this article are personal and do not necessarily constitute the views of Axis Bank Ltd. and its employees. Axis Bank Ltd. and/or the author shall not be responsible for any direct / indirect loss or liability incurred by the reader for taking any financial decisions based on the contents and information. Please consult your financial advisor before making any financial decision