Travel safety, part 2

Adding on to last week’s post, here are some more ideas for safe and fun travel.

  • If traveling abroad make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
  • Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency or in case your documents are lost or stolen.
  • Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies at your destination. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
  • Do not pack valuables in your suitcase.  Bags must be unlocked or locked with approved padlocks. If they are locked with an unapproved lock, screeners will break the lock to gain access.
  • Learn important fact about your destination that could affect your health (high altitude or pollution, types of medical facilities, required immunizations, availability of required pharmaceuticals, etc.). Key health information can be found at the Travelers’ Health page of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at
  • If you wear eyeglasses, take an extra pair with you.
  • Pack medicines and extra eyeglasses in your hand luggage so they will be available in case your checked luggage is lost.
  • If you have allergies, reactions to certain medications, foods, or insect bites, or other unique medical problems, consider wearing a “medical alert” bracelet.
  • Don’t pack so much that you will end up lugging around heavy suitcases.
  • Include a change of clothing in your carry-on luggage.

Enjoy your trip!

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