One of the highlights of our year is when we get a chance to travel and enjoy a break from our routine day to day life. Whether it’s simply a weekend break or a longer holiday to a distant destination, it’s definitely something to look forward to. It’s also important to keep safety in mind as the last thing we want is our trip to be ruined by something going wrong. While it’s impossible to guarantee that we won’t encounter any such unfortunate incidents, especially when traveling abroad, we can safeguard against most of them simply by taking some common sense precautions.
If travelling abroad, be fully aware of the entry requirements of the country you’re visiting. In addition to your passport, a visa issued by the country’s embassy or consulate might also be required. If so, make sure you apply for one in plenty of time, and also that it has a validity period long enough to cover the duration of your trip. Take photocopies of your passport’s personal information page and the page containing the visa with you in case you lose your passport.
If you require regular medication at home for any health condition you might have, take enough with you to cover the length of your trip as those medicines might not be available at your destination. If you’re heading for a hot tropical country, arrange to have the recommended inoculations against diseases such as cholera, typhoid and others. Your travel agency or the tourist board of the country can advise on what’s recommended; and don’t forget sun cream, medicine for upset stomachs or diarrhea, antiseptic cream and band aids.
Peace of Mind Traveling
Nothing gives peace of mind more than travel insurance, so make sure you arrange to have adequate cover before you leave. Good holiday travel insurance will cover all your expenses in the event of accidents or illness, and even arrange for you to be flown home if necessary. It will also cover the cost of lost or stolen items.
While you can easily work out how much money to take with you, you should also have access to money at home in case you need it. Take debit and credit cards with you but keep them in separate bags. Also write down details of each card and bank contact phone numbers; if any cards are lost or stolen, it makes cancelling them and getting replacements much easier. Another great alternative to taking your debit card is taking a travel money card which is supplied by companies such as post office.
If your home is going to be unoccupied while you’re away, timed lighting switches will switch lights on and off and give the impression there’s someone at home. Also ask a friendly neighbor to keep an eye on your home and maybe even persuade them to open curtains or blinds in the morning and close them at night. Of course, they’ll expect a nice gift from your trip, but that’s a small price to pay for the added security they’ll provide you.