The list of items and practices to remember before traveling anywhere is often endless, particularly when you’re traveling abroad. Nevertheless, it’s not just about remembering your favorite outfit or sunglasses, as there are more important things to remember when traveling. Take note of the 5 crucial points below.
Save Important Contacts in Your Phone
In your home country, you’ll know the contact numbers you need in an emergency off-by-heart, and you’ll have all your essential contacts like doctors and emergency dentists saved on your phone already. However, what about when you’re traveling to a new country? Do you know the emergency services phone number for the country you’re visiting? Do you know who to contact based on what kind of emergency?
Research all your relevant contact numbers before you travel and save them ready in your contact list.
Think About Medical Repatriation
If the worst should happen in the form of an accident or emergency while you are away from home – whether this is traveling locally, in your own country, or elsewhere abroad – you need to consider how you would be able to get home should the unexpected need arise.
If you have maxed out your budget on return flights which you now cannot take (and which you can’t get a refund for) due to a medical emergency, you may have no other way to safely get home for the treatment you require, so be sure to think about medical repatriation before you travel.
Research a Country’s Customs and Way of Life
It’s often the simplest things that make a big difference when you are exploring a new country, especially when it comes to the local people. You don’t want to risk offending anybody or being uncertain if a local approaches you, so be sure to look into customs and see how the locals live before you travel to a specific destination. For example, some Europeans may offer a kiss on the cheek instead of a handshake, while other residents may appreciate you saying a few words in their native language, and certain countries may expect an obligatory tip when you pay the bill.
Find out all you can before you travel.
Make a Copy of Your Passport
Remembering your passport is one thing; making a safe copy of it is another. When you are required to carry identification around with you in a new country, you don’t want to carry your physical passport around with you and risk losing it, or worse, have it stolen. Making a photocopy of your passport is an easy way to carry it on your person while being able to leave your actual passport somewhere safe.
Check Your Money Conversion
You want to get the best deal for your dollar, so make sure you check all conversion options for foreign currency. It’s also a good idea to get familiar with the notes and coins of another country, as this will make paying for items much easier instead of holding up a queue while you try and work out which coin is which!