Things To Do Before Leaving the U.S.
- Contact your credit card company and bank to find out about fees for overseas purchases, cash advances, and ATM withdrawals.
- Inform your bank and credit card company of the dates of your trip so your cards are not turned off due to theft alert.
- Bring a 24-hour emergency number for your bank in the event that you need to contact them about a lost or stolen card.
- Make sure your debit card will not expire during your time abroad. If needed, request a new card early.
- Consult the CDC’s country specific page (www.cdc.gov/travel) and the U.S. Department of State’s country specific page (www.travel.state.gov) to read about common diseases and other health risks. Do so before visiting your healthcare provider in order to discuss those issues with them.
- During your doctor’s visit, discuss any physical, mental, or emotional issues that may need special attention while abroad.
- Make a plan for staying healthy while overseas.
- Make sure your immunizations are up to date. Talk with your doctor about recommended vaccinations and health considerations related to the COVID-19 virus.
- Work with your healthcare provider(s) to complete all CLS Program required Medical Forms on the AIS Forms portal.
- Make sure you have at least an eight-week supply of your prescription medications in their original packaging. Ask your doctor for a signed letter that explains that you have a prescription for this medicine.
- Discuss which over-the-counter medications may be useful to take with you in case you have a minor illness while abroad.
- If you have been prescribed birth control, make sure you have at least an eight-week supply of the medication you have been prescribed, as birth control brands vary greatly abroad or may not be available at all.
- Visit your dentist.
- When packing medication, put it in your carry-on bag in its original packaging and bring a copy of the prescription.
- Check with your health insurance provider about coverage while you are overseas.
- Familiarize yourself with ASPE health benefits.
- After receiving your CLS flight information, call the airline(s) you will be traveling with to request disability-related travel accommodations and to arrange a special meal if you are vegetarian or if have special dietary needs.
- Arrange for payment of any outstanding financial matters (for instance, student loan payments or rent) while you are abroad.
- Research Skype, long-distance phone plans, email, apps or phone cards that will allow you to stay connected while abroad.
- Make a plan to stay in contact with friends and family while in your CLS host city.
Downloadable Packing List
Download a full list of suggestions on what to pack.