Step Program The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.:
Passports: Be sure your passports are current. This means they do not expire until after you return from your vacation. In fact, some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months past your travel dates. Make a copy of the first page of your passport and leave that copy with someone at home.
Passports & International Travel Information: www.travel.state.gov
Country Information & Entry Requirements: www.traveldocs.com
Health Precautions: If you are traveling out of the country contact the travel nurse at your clinic as soon as you book your trip. They may suggest necessary medications or immunization shots depending on your destination.
Center For Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/
Credit Cards: Notify your credit card company that you may be making purchases outside your state/country and the dates of your travel.
Money: While travelers checks are still a valid option in some countries, pre-paid ATM cards are one of the newest, safest ways to travel with money. They can be purchased at AAA and some banks. They are not tied to your checking or savings account and can be used at just about any ATM worldwide, including the U.S.
Exchange Rates: www.x-rates.com/calculator.html
Airline Requirements: A few weeks prior to your trip, read over check-in procedures and baggage allowances for the airline you will be flying.
Carry on Baggage tips: www.faa.gov/passengers/prepare_fly/baggage/
Additional Travel Tips: www.alltraveltips.com/traveltips.shtml