The better prepared you are,
the more enjoyable your trip will be!
BEFORE YOU GO:
- Validity – Ensure that you have at least 6 months validity after the period of your travel
- Visas – Make sure you check visa requirements for the countries you are visiting or transiting and check any other entry or exit requirements
- Photocopy Your Passport – Always have a copy with you and make a note of your passport number and visa details
- Register Your Travel Plans & Details – With your embassy or consulate so you can be contacted in case of any emergancy
- Personal and Travel Documents
- Don’t Travel Without Insurance – Make sure it covers you for any activities you are likely to undertake such as extreme or water sports
- Notify Family & Friends –Give them a copy of your travel itinerary and contact details on how to reach you
- Invest in a Travel Guide – Plan your trip as well as research information on the destination you are visiting
- Mobile Phone Coverage - Check with your service provider to make sure your phone has global roaming capabilities
- Health & Safety
- Vaccination Requirements – Consult your doctor on any vaccinations requirements before you travel
- Emergency Contact Details – Make sure you take note of emergency numbers such as police, hospital and ambulance should they be necessary whilst you are away
- Travellers Cheques – Check if travellers cheques are applicable to the destination you are travelling to and keep a separate record of their numbers
- Emergency Fund - Make sure you have enough money to cover emergencies that may arise
WHEN YOU ARE AWAY:
- Keeping in touch – Stay in touch with family and friends whilst you’re overseas and give them an indication of how often they will hear from you or how they can contact you
- Local customs – Respect local cultures and customs, dress appropriately and always ask permission before taking photos of people and near military installations
- The Law – Always obey the laws of the country or countries you are visiting
- Drugs – Don’t use, carry or get involved with drugs overseas. Consular assistance cannot override local law, and in some countries the death penalty or life imprisonment is imposed for drug offences.
- Keep your valuable safe - Don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras in public and crowded areas. Also consider using a padlock on suitcases and backpacks
- Water quality – Always check whether it’s safe to drink local tap water. If not, stick to bottled water and avoid salads, non-peeling fruit and ice in drinks
- Respect the environment – Don’t buy wildlife souvenirs, conserve resources like water and don’t drop litter.
- Driving abroad - Make sure your license is current and valid. Also make sure you are aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting (right or left hand side)
- Customs & Quarantine – Be aware of current quaratine and custom restrictions to avoid bringing back items of quarantine concern.