Travel documents– are they the bane of anyone else's life? I HATE feeling that I've forgotten something important- the panic in your head as you try to remember whether you packed your driving licence. Or your passport. So to help you (and me!) out, I've created a downloadable pdf travel documents checklist.
You can print this out and use it as many times as you like- some organised people have even laminated theirs so it's reusable- I only aspire to be that organised!! Get your checklist HERE.
What documents to take when travelling abroad
List of Generic Travel Documents
- Passport (ideally with over 6 months left before it expires)
- Visa (if you needed one)
- Driving licence (in date and pink card only) You need this for EVERYONE who will be driving.
- If you're hiring a car, you might need a code. Get one HERE
- Personal travel insurance valid for the country or countries you are visiting and also the activities you will be doing! I never did find out if toboggan runs were covered!!
- A European Health Insurance Card is invaluable if you are eligible for one- and it's FREE!
- Pet passport and details of injections
- Travel details- ferry/ flight booking details etc
- Some countries require details of where you will be staying. If you've booked a campsite/ hotel in advance, have those details to hand.
- Personal items insurance details- in case you lose jewellery/ laptop etc.
- If you need any vaccinations for your travels, bring proof that you have had those and the dates.
Road Trip Travel Documents Checklist
If you're taking your own vehicle overseas, you'll need to carry the following:
- Vehicle Logbook (V5C)- original (take a photocopy before you leave)
- Vehicle insurance- must clearly show it's insured in the country you're visiting
- Green card- not needed for every country. Check in advance if you need one.
- International Driver Permit. Again, not always necessary. Check here if you need one.
- MOT valid for vehicle (make sure all essential vehicle checks are done)
- Breakdown cover- ideally store the emergency number and your client ID in your phone in case you need it quickly
- Vignettes for your vehicle if travelling to a place which uses them.
- Toll pass- not strictly paperwork, but it's so useful!
- If the vehicle is a HIRE VEHICLE, you MUST have proof that you are allowed to cross international borders with it- as well as all the relevant docs. You'll probably be given a signed letter, instead of the logbook.
If you are towing vehicles, you need to bring:
- EU trailer certification
- Insurance for each vehicle being towed
- MOT for each vehicle
- Logbook for each vehicle
- Green card for each vehicle
- Breakdown cover for each vehicle
- Vignettes for each vehicle
International Travel Documents Checklist
Want this list in a handy, printable checklist. No problem- here you go!
If you already have access, you'll find it in the library (just click the button on the top menu and enter your password.)
Don't forget to make at least 2 photocopies of every piece of paperwork you'll be travelling with- just in case you need to give one away. It never hurts to be prepared!
Essential jobs to do before you travel
Have you told your bank you will be going abroad? Cancelled deliveries? Charged everything you need on the day before? Here's a complete list of essential jobs you need to do before you travel– with a printable checklist!
Have you ever forgotten an important travel document? I hope not- and I hope this post helps! If you found it useful, or know someone who would, we'd love it if you shared it on social media- thank you!