A Woman Road Warrior never leaves home without:
Verifying that all travel documents are up to date.
Leaving one copy of your itinerary, travel documents, and credit cards at home and another with you in a secure place.
Making sure all international aspects of your trip have been planned:
- Key foreign phrases you should know
- Local currency
- Customs of the city/country you're going to
- Any sanction/risk warnings about your safety
- Business etiquette
- Time zones
- Adapters and converters you'll need to run/charge your computer/iPods/smartphones
Carefully planning and packing your carry-on bag. Bring medicine, snacks and plenty of water!
Alerting your credit card company to your international travel plans.
If you find yourself in a jam while overseas, the best advice I can give is to stay calm and treat solving the problems as part of your experience. You'll realize you can deal with anything that comes your way.
See you on the road!