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Check list before you leave home

Here is Footprint Vietnam Travel’s version of a fun and helpful Before-you-go Checklist. Print this page out, stick it to your fridge, and begin checking off all the items.

2 - 3 months before you go:

᩿ Check your passport to ensure that it is valid with at least 6 months prior to the date you will arrive in Vietnam.
᩿ See your doctor to ensure your healthy and fit enough for your trip.
᩿ See your doctor or specialist about any necessary vaccinations.
᩿ Begin a book about Vietnam (fiction or nonfiction is okay).
᩿ Follow Footprint Vietnam Travel on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates, news, and stories about Vietnam.

1 month before you go:

᩿ Look into and purchase the necessary travel insurance
᩿ Scan all your important documents and identification (including your passport) and email it to yourself and a friend at home
᩿ Start an address book of friends that you will want to send postcards to
᩿  Have a few business cards printed (you can make them yourself if you don’t have any)
᩿ Find a friend to water your plants and take care of your pets
᩿ Begin learning a few Vietnamese greetings
᩿ Start practising using chopsticks
᩿ Have our phone unlocked if you are planning to use your phone in Vietnam

1 week before you go:

᩿ Collect, print, and email any other important documents, like your itinerary
᩿ Get a few passport pictures for your visa on arrival in Vietnam (or if you are planning to travel to Cambodia or Laos)
᩿ Collect and record any important / emergency phone numbers - Email Footprint for their list as well
᩿ Prepare your lightweight, quick-dry clothing (summer), your warmer comfy clothes (winter months), as well as your sun hat, and swimsuit.
᩿ Prepare flashlight, alarm clock, sunglasses, insect repellent, personal first aid kit.
᩿ Prepare any medications, toiletries, and sunscreen.
᩿ Change money in US dollars (crisp $100 bills is best), or traveler checks (not recommended)
᩿ Prepare your breathable raincoat
᩿ Prepare footwear: sandals, hiking shoes, walking shoes
᩿ Cable locks for your luggage
᩿ Double check that your camera and photography equipment is in good working order
᩿ Buy any gifts you are planning on giving to friends or people you meet in Vietanam
᩿ Start your ‘Departure for Vietnam Countdown’ on Facebook

2 days before you go:

᩿ Reconfirm your flight
᩿ Clean out your fridge of perishables
᩿ Try to get some sleep, because the excitement is building!

1 day before you go:

᩿ Say your farewells
᩿ Zip up that suitcase, it’s time to head to Vietnam!

Safe and happy travels!

See also other tips
Crossing the Street in Vietnam
Shopping experience
How to get visa upon arrival to Vietnam
What to wear in Vietnam
Rules of the road when travel in Vietnam
Business Hours
Public Holidays
Vietnam Water
Vietnam Communications
Vietnam Electricity
Vietnamese Food
Vietnam Health Tip
Currency Exchange in Vietnam
What to bring when travel Vietnam
Weather in Vietnam