I had to learn how to travel as I went along. Without any previous experience or seasoned backpackers to talk to, I found myself guessing a lot. Prior to leaving, I had searched for backpacking books in stores, the library, and the Internet and didn’t find any concise “how to” guides, even on how to get started.

Before you arrive in your first country, there are some things that you should take care of. Doing the work beforehand will potentially save you from some problems and make your journey safer and more enjoyable.

The following is a detailed plan on nearly everything you need to do before you start your journey. Doing the work ahead of time will help ensure a more successful trip.