7 Safety Tips to Know Before Traveling Outside the US
Post Covid-19, has brought a lot of travel uncertainties and at one point in time, 80 percent of all countries closed their international borders.
For the last couple of months, we have seen international travels starting to pick up. While this is a good sign that normalcy is about to return, we must take all the safety precautions before making any traveling plans.
That is what we are going to do today, here, I shall share some safety traveling tips everyone should know;
1. Get a travel insurance
One of the best forms of protection you can ever have is insurance. Insurance guarantees that attached risks and damages that you might incur during your travel will be catered for.
Some of the most common coverage is to look for in an insurance policy are;
- Health insurance cover health insurance cover.
- Trip cancellation and or interruption.
- Luggage loss or damage to personal property.
- Accidental death and dismemberment insurance
Of course, different insurance companies have different policies and coverages.
The only way to find out what is the best and the most recommendable travel insurance is by reading reviews.
US-Reviews has all sorts of feedback you need on online international travel insurance to get you started with the most affordable plan.
Read through the reviews to find the most cost-efficient and reliable insurance company.
2. Get prior vaccinations
You need to keep your health in check before making any travel plans. Vaccines help protect you from very serious diseases.
With the Coronavirus vaccine now out, that should be first on your list.
Like many types of vaccines, you need to take them weeks or a month before the travel date. This will allow your body to build immunity.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the type of vaccines to take before traveling outside the US will depend on the country you are planning to visit.
It will also depend on your state of health and the vaccinations you have already received.
Some common vaccinations are against polio, yellow fever, and measles. However, get proper advice from a health department or a clinic.
3. Do proper research of your travel locations
It is a safety tip to know all the information about your travel destination.
Do proper research of the country, the region, the town, and the hotel you shall be staying in for the period of your travel.
The research should cover the area’s security, the community living around that place, and most importantly, are there any travelers reviews?
If you are there for vacation, ask yourself, what do other tourists say about the place?
4. Minimize your luggage
It is a safety measure to ensure you minimize your luggage and bags.
When packing for any travel, also taking the essentials is the best option not unless you are packing for a longer visit.
Leave all valuables at home, if you know they will not be serving any purpose during the trip.
You will save yourself the worry to constantly eye on them for the fear of losing them.
If you are traveling to a place with poor security or a crime-prone area, keep it simple and try to blend in with the locals to avoid you being targeted.
5. Protect your essential travel documents
Some of the most important travel documents you’d want to remember and keep safe are;
- Your driver’s license
- Travel insurance documentation
- Your travel visa
- Identification documents
- Covid-19 travel documents
To protect these documents you must make copies of them and keep them separately. Also, make email copies of them just in case you lose the physical documentations.
6. Store your belongings safely
When traveling, you should ensure that all your bags and luggage are stored safely.
Lock your bag. Bags containing important documentation should be kept away from the open eye.
You may also want to have a checklist of all the items you brought with you so when you leave you can confirm you’ve carried everything.
Make regular inspection that you have everything of importance such that in cases where you’ve lost them, it can be easy to track the location based on the short period of loss.
7. Keep in touch with your friends and family
Part of staying safe during a vacation trip or when you’re traveling outside your country is keeping in touch with your friends and family.
Every once in a while I should update them on how your vacation is going. In case anything goes bad they’ll be one the first people to alert authorities.