1) Make sure you tell someone where you are going and your expected return date. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport and other important information with family or friends before you depart.
2) Register your travel details with your local foreign affairs office before heading overseas. *Very important, so many people aren't aware of this*
Click on the following links to register:
New Zealanders heading overseas
Austrailans heading overseas
South Africans heading overseas
British Citizens heading overseas
Canadians heading overseas
U.S. Citizens heading overseas
Non U.S citizens planning to visit America need to register online prior to arriving. Click here to register - visiting America form.
3) If travelling with a companion, put one set of your clothes in your companion's suit case and have them do like wise with yours. If one suit case is lost then you will still have something to wear. If travelling alone keep a spare set of clothes in your carry on bag just in case!
4) Remember to carry a small First Aid Kit, with panadol/aspirin etc. A small Sewing Kit can be handy as well.
5) Know your Blood type and make sure you have proper Vaccines (if any needed) before arriving to your chosen destination. IE: If travelling to Africa you'll need to have certain injections such as Yellow fever and take Maleria tablets. For more information contact your local GP. The following site Fit for Travel is very helpful.
6) Travel Insurance, it goes without saying but make sure you have travel insurance before travelling abroad. Here's some things to look out for when choosing a travel insurance policy **Medical and health cover for an injury or sudden illness abroad. Personal liability cover in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property. Lost and stolen possessions cover. Cancellation and curtailment (cutting short your trip) cover** The policy should cover you for the whole time you’re away. Do your research and don't go for the cheapest option first, I'd recommend annual travel insurance cover (this will cover all your travel within a year) instead of single trip cover.
7) Be aware of increased security measures when travelling to US, UK and European airports. All liquids in your hand baggage must be under 100ml's and kept packed in one clear quart-sized Zip-lock bag. Click on the following link for more Hand Baggage Information.
8) Make sure you have applied for the appropriate visas (if any needed) before booking flights and travelling abroad.
9) Make sure you have credit loaded on your mobile phone in case of emergencies. If your going to be staying in the country longer then 1month look to buy a local sim card for your mobile, this will be more cost effective.
10) Enroll for frequent flyer miles, information about frequent flyer miles and the different airlines that offer air miles can be found via the General Advice page. Everybody loves something for free!
Travel Vaccination Booklets
Food & water precautions in certain countries
Travelers can reduce the risk of infection by using the following precautions:
* Do not drink or brush the teeth with unboiled tap water
* Do not drink beverages that contain ice made from unboiled tap water
* Drink only boiled tap water, drinks made from boiled tap water, carbonated beverages, beer, and wine
* Be wary of locally bottled water, because safety and bottling conditions might not be adequate. Other drinks are
* Do not eat unpeeled fruit. Peel any fruit yourself before eating it.
* Do not eat raw vegetables
* Do not eat or drink unpasteurized ("raw") dairy products
* Do not eat raw or rare meat, fish, or shellfish (including ceviche)
By: Nick & Jackie