Let's face it: You're probably in the minority if you really love packing. It's not that there's anything wrong with the process, it's just cumbersome. Nonetheless, packing correctly can up your chances of having a safe, enjoyable and unforgettable traveling experience. This is particularly true in instances where you'll be leaving the country to visit an international destination. You'll need to make sure to bring the normal things (changes of clothes, a book, health insurance cards, etc.) but also some more specific gear. Whether you're trying to get ready for an international vacation or you're just looking to round out your traveling expertise, take a look at these five international travel essentials: Passport Admittedly, you should probably be aware of this one already. You're going to need your passport to gain access to other countries in almost any international traveling situation. Unless your idea of a good time is standing outside your embassy praying a replacement arrives in time for your flight, make sure to carry this on you at all times. As a better idea, you may even want to purchase a currency belt and keep it in there with your other valuables. Bringing a backup isn't a bad idea, either. Currency Money talks, as the old saying goes. Even if you aren't planning on spending a ton of cash during your trip, take the necessary steps to ensure you'll be OK. Real Simple recommends investing in a currency conversion chart or cell phone app so you are always aware of what you're spending. Keep a small amount of domestic currency on you for airports and other local stops, and have an appropriate amount exchanged before departure to avoid hefty fees. You may also want to look into whether your credit card providers charge an international fees rate. Camera As The Calgary Sun has pointed out, one of the biggest mistakes you can make when traveling internationally is to forget a camera. You're probably going to make some pretty great memories, so be sure you bring an extra memory card and don't have to leave anything out. Raincoat Depending on where you're going, you may not expect rain in the forecast. Nonetheless, buying and packing a lightweight raincoat is always a solid option. Even if you don't experience rain, it can serve as an extra layer if you travel through colder areas in transit, or break the wind for you if you're taking part in fun outdoor activities. Travel toothbrush Yes, you will be able to purchase a toothbrush more or less everywhere you go. Yes, you will be able to brush your teeth at the hotel, in the airports, etc. No, there may actually be nothing worse than being stuck on a plane for 12 hours without the ability to brush your teeth. Keep a travel toothbrush in your carry-on for emergencies.