Men usually have it easier, especially when traveling. Women face cultural and physical concerns when traveling internationally that men do not have to deal with. So whether you are a woman traveling for business, or leisure, a few packing tips will help you stay worry free in a foreign countries. Pack simple, use common sense and beware of possible dangers.Be aware of the social and religious aspects of the destination countryAlways keep in mind that some countries have dress codes for women. You need to pack clothing that is sensitive to the cultural and religious practices of the country you are visiting. You cannot afford to be too daring or “western”, even if you feel strongly about women’s rights. Traveling in another country should be about learning and exploring – revolutionary ideas are best reserved for native people!Be aware of climate related issuesWearing tight clothes may be in fashion, but they can also cause physical problems is certain regions of the world. No matter how comfortable your wardrobe may be for spring and summer in your own country, they may not be elsewhere.The right contraceptivesContraceptives are manufactured with differing specifications from country to country, and not everywhere does the FDA say a particular contraceptive is safe to use. That makes packing suitable contraceptives a necessity, even if you are planning on a celibate trip.Feminine protectionRemember that long trips in foreign countries may be difficult to handle unless you are prepared for your menstrual cycles. Remember that tampons are rarely available in many countries. Carrying your own provisions is advisable. Even if you are not taking a long trip, remember that jet lags, climate change, and other factors could affect your menstrual cycle as well.Concerned about infections?Unhygienic toilets, close contact with people of different regions and many other factors can lead to infections you would never expect. Yeast infections are a problem for women in warmer climates. And bladder infections are always the bane of traveling women. There are medications for these ailments that you may want to be sure to pack and carry.Avoid expensive clothesAlthough some women may like to flaunt their best clothing, fancy dress has no place in foreign countries, except when attending special events with security. While exploring places as a tourist, try to wear clothes that help you merge with the crowd, or at least give the impression that you are not wealthy. Expensive accessories are therefore a strict no. Besides, you should avoid anything loud and fashionable unless you are traveling in reliable neighborhoods with known people staying there.
If you are a regular overseas traveler then you probably do not need to be reading this article. This article is not designed for you. This article is written for the first time overseas traveler. If you have never been overseas before you may be a bit frazzled. I am sure that you are excited but there is a lot that you need to do.Below I have outlined four tips for you to follow before you leave. If you follow these tips you will be better suited to dealing with any situations should the unfortunate arise.Photocopy your documents and take spare passport photos. There is nothing more annoying then losing your passport. It is a very painful experience. To help you more quickly get a replacement, you should take copies of all of your important documents, leaving one copy in Australia and taking one with you and leaving it at the hotel. You should also have spare passport photos in case you need to get one organised quickly.Understand the laws where you are traveling. Now, I am not telling you that you need to become a legal scholar in the laws of the country that you are traveling to, but you do need to have a basic understanding of laws related to drugs and alcohol, how you behave on the streets and whether there are any curfews or out of bounds area that you shouldn’t travel to.Organise any visas you need before you travel. In many countries around the world, you need a visa before you can enter the country. You should make sure you organise all visas that you may need before you travel so that you have no problems getting in to any of the countries that you want to visit.Get any vaccinations your doctor recommends. Some countries may have diseases that are not in your own country but you may be able to get a vaccination from your doctor before you travel. Speak to your doctor and get some advice on what vaccinations you may need and make sure you take up this advice.Traveling overseas is extremely exciting. It should bring you a lifetime of memories. Make sure that you follow the tips that I have mentioned above so that your trip is only filled with happy memories.