April 5, 2010 - Whether it's a spring break getaway or a summer vacation that you're anxiously awaiting, here are a few tips that can help you get prepared for the trip, keep you safe, and let you focus on what's truly important - having fun!
1. Get current on your immunizations.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out that the diversity of passengers and crew members on a typical airline or cruise ship lends itself to a varied background in health and immunization status, medical and public health tendencies, and potential for disease exposure. The CDC therefore recommends that travelers be up to date on their "routinely recommended age- and medical condition- specific immunizations." Learn more.
2. Make sure you have a valid passport and check to see if you require a visa.
Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visa, if required. Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport. For more information, check out the U.S. State Department’s website.
3. Protect yourself with travel insurance for Medical Expense and Medical Evacuation.
Although no one likes to think about it, accidents or illness can strike at any time, anywhere. And most medical policies and HMOs provide limited coverage outside your home country. For example, Medicare provides no coverage outside the U.S. Plus, international medical evacuation without coverage can cost $50,000 or more! Click to learn more about Travel Medical Insurance and Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance. Questions? We’d be happy to help. Just call 800-937-1387.
4. Dress properly for travel.
The appropriate clothing choice will keep you comfortable and make it faster and easier for you to pass through airport security. Comfortable shoes, pants, and loose-fitting tops are always recommended. And security screening can be easier if you come prepared. Learn more.
5. Take precautions that will help you avoid infectious disease.
Nothing new here… just sound advice. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water (or hand sanitizer). This is great for reducing your chance of getting the flu. Also, practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette: cover your mouth and nose with your arm, not your hand, to reduce the spread of germs. And keep in mind that infectious diseases transmitted via insects are a real concern when traveling. Read more.
6. Insure your trip against cancellation or interruption.
You spend a lot of time and money preparing for a trip, but a sudden earthquake, an outbreak of terrorism, or even a new flu strain can be a real concern. Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption insurance can give you peace of mind when unforeseen circumstances arise. Questions? We’d be happy to assist you. Call 800-937-1387.
7. Make copies of everything.
Make copies of your passport, insurance policy, travellers cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a separate place from the originals and leave a copy with someone at home. You never know when this might come in handy!
8. Read country-specific information, public announcements and travel warnings.
Keep up-to-date about what’s going on with your destination country, as well as any countries from which you plan on boarding a connecting flight. For more information, check out the U.S. State Department’s website.
9. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs.
Get familiar with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. Avoid illicit drugs or excessive use of alcohol and reckless behavior. Learn more.
10. Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with someone at home.
It’s always a good idea for someone stateside to know where you’ll be, and when. You never know when they will need to reach you, or how someone at home might be able to help in case of an emergency.