As few as possible. Take only major credit cards, such as American Express, Visa and Master Card.
Be sure that they are credit cards and not debit cards with a credit card company’s logo on them. Many countries or certain locations require a real credit card and will not accept a debit card, In foreign travel, they have limited use.
Leave your store and gasoline credit cards at home; You'll have no need for them.
Might be a good idea. You could experience problems if they are not aware that you are traveling. An unfamiliar spending pattern might cause them to suspect a stolen card that is being used fraudulently.
A call will allow them to explain the many services that they can provide while you are travelling.
They can arrange to pay bills that come due while you are away.
They will be aware that you charging items while in a foreign country.
They can tell you how acceptable their card may be in a particular country.
They can verify acceptance, if needed, at specific foreign locations.
They can verify whether your PIN number will work in the countries you are visiting. If necessary, they can issue you another PIN number if your current PIN is not compatible to the foreign bank’s system.
They can explain how to get a cash advance, use an ATM, make a foreign purchase and understand the foreign exchange rate policies and fees.
They can elaborate on any services they offer, such as insurance for your rental car, luggage or purchases. The can advise you about whether the coverage offered extends outside the United States and will be valid overseas.
They can provide you with a phone number in case you need to reach them in each country. Often the 800 number listed on the back of your card does not work from certain overseas locations.
Find out if they charge a currency conversion fee. Compare and use the most economical card to make your foreign purchases.
Guard them the same as you would your cash. Learn and follow the procedures necessary in the event that you lose your travelers checks. Make copies of each check before you go, record the numbers and keep separate from the real checks. The information that you need to record :
The serial number of each check.
The denomination of each check and the total.
The date and location where you purchased them.
A phone number (800, or local if traveling overseas) in case you need to report them stolen or lost.
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