Plan ahead and keep safe on your next holiday

Can’t wait to start your holiday? Make sure you’re prepared for your overseas trip well before you leave.

We’ve put together a checklist to help you plan and prepare:

Your overseas travel checklist:


Passport and Visa

  • Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date. Make sure you check the expiry date well before you depart.
  • Visas could be required for the country you’re visiting, so make sure you have researched and applied for getting the right visa. For more information, visit Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Destination Research with Smart Traveller

  • Situations can change quickly before you depart so make sure you check the Smart Traveller website and stay informed. It’s recommended to register your travel plans so it makes it easier to contact you in an emergency.
Travel ticket 

Travel Insurance

  • Travel insurance has long been considered a holiday essential to help protect you from the unexpected when you’re away from home.
  • RACQ members enjoy 15% off* our award-winning Travel Insurance

Driving Overseas

  • If you plan to drive overseas, its a good idea to get an International Driving Permit (IDP). RACQ is the authorised IDP sales agent in Queensland as appointed by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA). The AAA is the only authorised distributor of IDPs in Australia for Australian Drivers Licence holders.
  • You will need an IDP for renting a motor vehicle in many countries, and it’s also useful as an additional form of photo identification while travelling.
Travel ticket 

Car Rentals

  • If you plan to rent a car overseas, it’s a good idea to book your rental car in advance. Don’t forget to check for any specific requirements or restrictions for international drivers in the country you’ll be visiting, such as minimum driver age.
  • RACQ members enjoy up to 15% off^ car rental with SIXT.

Health Precautions

  • Ask your doctor which vaccinations and other precautions are required or recommended before you travel. You should also check any prescriptive medicine you are travelling with is allowed in your destination.
  • A medical certificate from your doctor outlining your medications would come in handy when in emergency situations.
  • Pack a basic first aid kit with the essentials you may need in your trip. For example, carrying bandages, antiseptic wipes for treating blisters if you’ll be hiking.

Knowledge of Local Laws

  • Every country you visit will have different rules, customs and cultures. Make sure to research and familiarise yourself with the regulations before you go.
  • Be aware of any specific laws related to alcohol, drugs, dress code, photography or public behaviours in different countries.

Travel Documents and Emergency contacts

  • We recommend you make photocopies or digital scans of important travel documents such as your passports, visa, insurance policy and itinerary.
  • Remember to leave copies of any travel documents with family or friends back home.
  • Take a list of emergency reference numbers with you, including phone numbers, credit card contacts, and any international calling numbers.
Travel ticket 

Backup Money and Power Adapters

  • You can also travel with a second bank card linked to a separate bank account in case of loss, theft, or cancellation of your primary card. Make sure you check with your bank on international money transfers or any travel services before you go. 
  • Buying an appropriate power adapter in Australia will save you from inconvenience when you’re in different countries. It’s also a good idea to think about how many items you may need to charge at a time. Select a suitable adapter with multiple ports if you need.

Explore more with RACQ

SIXT Australia
Great deals and discounts on a wide range of rental cars and vans in Australia and New Zealand.
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RACQ Travel Insurance

Enjoy happy holidays with RACQ Travel Insurance.

Flat lay of phone and passport
International driving permit
If you’ll be driving overseas, get an international driving permit before you leave.

Things to note 

*RACQ Travel Insurance is issued by Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd (Tokio Marine & Nichido) ABN 80 000 438 291, AFSL 246548 and distributed by RACQ Operations Pty Ltd (ABN 80 009 663 414 AR 000234978) and Members Travel Group Pty Ltd (ABN 45 144 538 803 AR 000432492) as an Authorised Representative of Tokio Marine & Nichido.

Specific terms and conditions, limits (including sub-limits) and exclusions apply to each of our policies and the different benefits. Please read the 'RACQ Travel Insurance - Combined Financial Services Guide and Product Disclosure Statement for full details and read the Target Market Determinations (TMDs) before determining whether this product is suitable for your circumstances.   

^Discount applies on daily rate and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, special offer or coupon. Australia and New Zealand rentals receive 15% off daily rental rates across the passenger and commercial range. International rentals (excluding New Zealand) receive up to 15% off daily rental rates across the passenger and commercial range. Offer is subject to change/withdrawal without notice. Must quote RACQ Membership number at the time of booking and collection. All rentals with SIXT are subject to Rental terms and conditions.  For full terms and conditions please visit