When venturing off home turf the giddy sensation of freedom is wonderful, however observing some very basic rules will ensure that you enjoy a relaxing and safe trip. Remember to follow the same basic safety techniques you use everyday and:
- Check your luggage limit with your airline. If you exceed the limit, chances are you will be charged extra!
- Ensure you bring enough medication and a letter from your GP if required
- Carry valuables, such as jewellery, cameras, medications, money, traveller's cheques, travel documents, and a change of clothes in your carry on luggage in case your checked luggage is damaged, lost or stolen.
- Label all bags with your name, address and phone number, using secure locks (and where appropriate have your luggage cling wrapped)
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings; watch the crowd
- Store you passport and travel documents in safe deposit keeping ALWAYS make copies of your travel itinerary; leaving one copy at home, and another separate from your luggage
- Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses. If it does not, consider travel insurance
- Familiarise yourself with local conditions and laws: While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws
- Register your contact details with your local embassy for them to be able to contact you in an emergency. If you are an Australian planning to go overseas, register here>>
- Don't leave your drink unattended
- Wash your hands frequently - hand sanitiser is a great asset
- Invest in a money belt to wear under your clothes
- Jet Lag - if flying West to East stay out of the sun until a day after your arrival
- If flying East to West, go for a brisk walk upon arrival
- Scuba Diving - underwater is another world of extra ordinary creatures and things; make sure the company you choose is affiliated
- Most importantly have a fun relaxing trip whilst staying safe!
- Check whether a visa is required for the country you are visiting or transiting through
- For more information, visit the Australian Government's Smart Traveller website