If you take prescription medication, have your prescription refilled and take an extra supply in the original containers with you. Carry all vital medicines in your carry-on luggage.
Carry a list of blood type, allergies, or any special medical conditions. Medical alert bracelets are a good idea.
Check with your medical insurance carrier about coverage protection for out-of-country travel. To be sure you are properly insured for your trip, consider travel insurance.
Avoid cancellation penalties. All of our tour operators have strict cancellation policies. You could lose 100% of your prepaid trip costs should you cancel close to the departure date. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase trip protection insurance.
Take only the credit cards and personal identification you’ll need. Carry a driver’s license or state-issued ID card. These documents can help identify you if your passport is lost or stolen; keep them in a secure location.
Make a copy of your credit card and travelers check numbers and the telephone numbers needed to report a theft. Keep this information in a location separate from the documents themselves.
Don’t carry excessive amounts of cash.
Notify your credit card companies, ATM/debit card banks and cell phone providers that you will be traveling abroad. Inquire whether or not their services are available to use internationally and if there are any fees.
To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothes and expensive jewelry.
Familiarize yourself with international currency values and conversions, so that you can make informed purchases abroad. Visit the Travelers Currency Cheat Sheet.