Check your passport and make sure it is valid for at least six months after you return home. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter. Check all family members’ passports because those for adults are valid for 10 years, but children’s passports only for five. U.S. citizens must use a U.S. passport to leave and come back to the United States. Do not wait until the last minute to renew or apply for a passport!
Always respect and adjust to different cultures. What is acceptable in your home country may not always be best when traveling. Always cover up in more conservative countries, and especially in temples. Trust me, don’t be the tourist rocking booty shorts. It’s not only embarrassing, but it makes you and your country look bad. A good rule of thumb: If the locals aren’t wearing it, you shouldn’t be either.
Be prepared! Always pack a mini first aid kit everywhere you go. A few band-aids, super-glue, and tweezers can go a long way. Nothing can ruin a trip like a medical accident, so having the smallest amount of first aid available can make the biggest difference when traveling. Always pack ibuprofen, benadryl, and antiseptic wipes. I always back super-glue in case I need stitches and cannot get to a medical facility (this has happened to me before).