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Read "Bon Voyage, but..." guide, voyage.gc.ca None

Medium

guide available from Go Abroad coordinator
Packing list

Create a packing list well in advance of going, so that you think clearly on all the things you might like to bring. Think about how you will be living day-to-day at your destination, and what you will need to survive (extra eye glasses, prescription info, sunscreen, etc.). Keep in mind those little items that you "can't live without." Sample packing list.

NA

Medium

your home
Pre-pack

About 3 days before travel, pre-pack everything to ensure you have room for it all. You will find additional things to add in the day or two before travel!

None

High

Your home

Check airline websites for latest information in travel information and allowances (liquids, gels, carry-ons; recommended time to be at the airport (domestic=1.5 hrs; international=3 hrs)

High

Appropriate websites
Documents Leave a copy of important documents with family, friends, guardians that you trust.

NA

High

 
Leave a copy of travel itinerary with family or friends before leaving.

NA

Medium

  Keep a copy of the documents for yourself, in a separate location than the originals

cost of photocopies

Medium

 
Computer If carrying a laptop or electronic device, back up device on external hard drives / disks before you leave. Cost of hard drive / disks

Medium

Money Obtain enough money for your journey and to survive for several days in your host country. Attempt to have multiple currencies.

Yes (currency exchange rate, bank fee)

High

Your bank
Communications
  • determine the best way to communicate from your host country
  • obtain a canada direct calling card
  • familiarize yourself with calling internationally from the host country: www.countrycallingcodes.com
  • download and familiarize yourself internet-based calling (i.e. Skype)
  • investigate the viability / cost-effectiveness of cell phones in your host country

Yes

High

In case of emergency have...
  • contact information for your contact at host institution
  • contact information for your host family (if applicable), or host residence
  • contact information for local police, hospital or other service information
  • Memorial University emergency contact card
  • contact information for other program participants (student peers)
  • airline, bus line, train and transit information
  • information on attaining exit visas (if required)

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