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How to Prepare for Traveling Abroad: Do’s and Don’ts

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How to Prepare for Traveling Abroad: Do’s and Don’ts – Safe, healthy and successful traveling abroad starts with proper preparation. Preparation doesn’t have to be hard or expensive—many of the most effective ways to prepare are free or low-cost. To get ready for your trip, try the following do’s and don’ts of preparing for traveling abroad below.

The basics

Before you hop on a plane, it’s always a good idea to brush up on some basic travel safety tips. We talked with Keren Gottfried, founder of Tourist Wellness , about everything you need to know before jetting off. Her first piece of advice? Always wear sunscreen! she says. Even if you are traveling from Boston in February during one of our coldest months and only plan on being outside long enough to get off an airplane or cab.

General packing tips

When you travel abroad, you have to take precautions. You have to pack smart. That means traveling with a flexible packing list that can handle any situation, with outfits that can be worn in layers and comfortably, so you’re never too hot or too cold. Here are some tips on packing!

Packing essentials

Let’s talk about packing! To be safe, you should pack in such a way that if your luggage gets lost, you still have clothes and essentials with you. Your bag can then be returned to you quickly once it has been found by a baggage handler or airline worker. You don’t want anything important stolen out of your bag during travel.

What you should bring along on vacation

It’s always a good idea to bring along a little extra cash (or, better yet, a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees) in case of an emergency. And you should also carry copies of your passport or driver’s license, along with some other key paperwork, such as car insurance documents. Even if you’re on vacation—with no intention of taking any day trips—you never know when something could go wrong.

When traveling with friends or family members

The best way to make sure you all have a wonderful time is to book hotels in close proximity. And if your budget allows, try getting Airbnb apartments or staying at smaller, locally owned hostels. They’re cheaper than big name hotels and often better located. If you can afford it, travelling with friends or family is ideal because you’ll be able to split expenses easily – just make sure everyone knows how much they owe beforehand!

Check your bags, always

Even if you’re not bringing anything that needs to be checked, always, always check your bags. No, you don’t need a separate ticket (unless you are connecting from an international flight), but letting your luggage go unattended at an airport is never a good idea. You can leave them with your travel companion—if you have one—or pay a fee for quick drop-off/pick-up service in most major airports.

Keep all important documents and items with you at all times

When you’re traveling abroad, it’s crucial that you keep all important documents with you at all times. You don’t want to be far from home and discover that you accidentally left your passport at home or inside a suitcase. If you are going on a long trip, consider picking up a couple of extra passport pictures from your local photo booth so that if your passport is lost or stolen, it will take less time for replacement.

Know where your luggage is at all times.

You never know when your luggage is going to go missing. It may be stolen, lost by an airline, or left behind in a taxi. To ensure you can track your bag at all times—and hopefully prevent losing it—invest in a luggage tag. Luggage tags are cheap investments that allow you to create your own record of where your bag has been.

Avoid pickpocketing and robbery. Hide your valuables. Always keep an eye on them. Section 10) Stay calm in emergencies and disasters.

Emergency or disaster situations like fires, earthquakes, or crime can make anyone anxious. Be sure to stay calm and keep a level head. In most cases, these things are out of your control. If they aren’t avoidable, focus on taking care of yourself and others until authorities arrive on scene.

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