Top Ten Trip Tips
for Traveling Abroad
Personal preparedness when traveling is important, especially when traveling abroad. So with some extra planning and attention to detail, the vacation of a lifetime can be safe and enjoyable.
Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and visas (if required). Also, before you leave home, fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
2. Read Up on the Destination
It is always wise to be knowledgeable about the destination of travel, to plan the trip carefully, and to be courteous guests when traveling. Always read the public announcements or travel warnings, if applicable, for the countries you plan to visit.
3. Understand Local Laws
Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, the U.S. Constitution does not follow you! While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. It is important to be alert and observant.
4. Back Up Documentation
Make two copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport, and email it to yourself as well.
5. In Case of an Emergency
Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
6. Watch Your Luggage
Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
7. U.S. Embassy or Consulate Assistance
Prior to your departure, you should register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://step.state.gov/step/ Registration will make your presence and whereabouts known in case it is necessary to contact you in an emergency. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts may not be released without your express authorization.
8. Communication is Vital
Check to make sure you can make international calls with your mobile phone. Get a charger that will work in your destination and pre-program essential contact information for easy access when needed.
9. Road Safety, Avoid Injury
In many parts of the world there are chaotic streets and crowded roads, along with under-maintained roadways. If you are not familiar with local road conditions, it is best not to drive on your own. Hire a trusted driver, and always wear a seatbelt.
10. Safeguard Your Health
Unexpected injuries or hospital stays can ruin a long-planned trip. Safeguard your health before you leave home and make sure you know how your personal health could be affected by your travel destination. Do you have travel health insurance; or does your existing medical insurance provider in the United States cover your medical expense in a foreign country? Be sure to bring more prescription medications than you would normally need and pack them in their original containers, in your carry-on luggage. Eat as healthy as you can. Consider that infections spread easily in much of the world and new strains constantly surface – so wash your hands frequently and practice safe personal hygiene.
For more tips on traveling abroad go to http://travel.state.gov/