MEDICAL, TRAVEL, AND TRIP INSURANCE
• If you are traveling overseas or away from your home country, you may wish to purchase medical insurance for your trip
• Travel Medical Insurance is very inexpensive and can be a nice item to have in case of emergencies.
• Check out IMG for your Travel Medical Insurance needs before your next trip.
• Prescription medicines in clearly labeled containers.
• Small first aid kit.
• Card listing allergies and medical conditions.
• Plain, nondescript luggage.
• Business cards (pack in checked luggage).
• Foreign language/English pocket dictionary.
• Alarm clock, battery or wind-up.
• Adapters for electrical items (most overseas locations have 220 volts, 50 Hz electricity.
• Personal appliances (hair dryer, etc.) – 220 volts.
• Flashlight, smoke alarm, door stop, etc.
• Family pictures (this may reduce homesickness).
• Photos – black and white passport size – approx. 20. You may need a photo to obtain passes, permits, etc.
BEFORE DEPARTURE AND AT THE AIRPORT
• Count your cash before leaving in an inconspicuous location.
• Get export papers from US Customs for computers, video cameras, etc. to make US Customs clearance easier when you return.
• Check in early and go through security immediately.
• Stay away from windows, trash bins, etc.
• Never agree to watch someone’s luggage.
• Report unattended bags and packages.
• Note the location of exits.
• Move away from disturbances.
• Take care of personal needs before boarding since long delays and waits are common.
ON THE PLANE
• Select a seat near an exit, if open seating is allowed.
• Check around for luggage left by previous passengers.
• Put your carry on bags in overhead rack or under the seat in front of you.
• Count rows and note paths to exits.
• Reconfirm your future flights – local office may be able to assist.
• Exchange a small amount of US dollars for local currency at the airport for taxi, tips, etc. You will usually get a better exchange rate at a bank.
• Know who will meet you and ask them to be inconspicuous.
• Register with consulate if staying several days.
• Know your route from airport to lodging.
• Request room above ground floor but not too high.
• Check for exits and emergency instructions.
• Plan your escape in case of fire.
• Be sure your phone works — call the desk.
• Check the door locks – use doorstop if necessary.
• Don’t leave your key at the desk.
• Always put valuables in the security boxes.
WHEN TRAVELING ABOUT
• Always stay sober, alert and inconspicuous.
• Stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
• Keep phone numbers of local contacts with you.
• Keep your money out of sight – never count it in public.
• Find out where the “wrong” parts of town are and stay away.
• Find out the location of the police stations and get phone numbers.
• Avoid disturbances – go the other way, immediately.
• Learn to operate the telephones the first day.
• Always carry your passport, leave copy in security box — unless local customs require otherwise.
• Don’t stop to investigate accidents.
• If accosted try to stay calm, watch for escape.
• If being followed go directly to the police, hotel, or office.