We know there can be many questions when traveling abroad. We have put together some notes and addressed FAQs to help you better prepare for the journey.
Items to consider while preparing for the trip:
•Double check and make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions. Also, ask you medical insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage, consider supplemental insurance.
•Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.
•Leave a copy of your passport. For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well.
•Check the conversion rate between the Euro and Dollar here. Generally, if you go to your bank in the States and convert ahead of time, you will have a much lower transaction fee. Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards.
•Call your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think that fraud may be occurring if transactions are suddenly happening overseas, and they will turn off your card as a security measure.
•Make sure your credit card will work for you in Italy. European banks have switched almost completely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology, and fewer businesses abroad are accepting the outdated magnetic-strip cards.
•Bring a European outlet adapter. You’ll need this for any electrical devices you will need to use or charge,
such as a phone or blow dryer. You can find them here.
•Activate your phone’s global capabilities. There’s usually a charge for doing this, but it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t.