There can be a lot of paperwork that goes along with travelling. While what you need for a country varies with your citizenship and where you’re travelling, there are a few things that everyone must take along… if you want to lighten your load, we suggest keeping digital copies of everything in your email inbox.

Passport
If you don’t have this, you’re not getting out of the country. Passports take a few weeks to process, so apply early. Once you have your passport, scan the ID page and email the scan to your inbox; if your passport is lost or stolen, printing out the copy can help you get a new one. Also bring a copy of your birth certificate, for the same reason. Click here for more information on getting a passport.

Visas (where needed)
This varies by where you’re going, and what nations you’re a citizen of. Checking with embassies and consulates for the destination country will tell you what you need to do. Click here for more information on getting a visa.

Tickets
Most your tickets will be paper: bus, train, some air (e-tickets are widely, but not universally used). Be sure to have a paper copy of your itinerary, where applicable; usually if you reserve your ticket online, an itinerary will be emailed to you and you can keep that in your inbox and print it out from cybercafes as you go.

Passes
These are anything from Eurail Passes to any other documentation you need for foreign travel.

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