Travel Security and Health
✦ Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier. Double-check and make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions. Also, ask your medical insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage, consider supplemental insurance.
✦ Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets stolen or lost, you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.
✦ Leave a copy of your passport. For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well.
✦ Register with your embassy. If there’s a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety.
✦ Whether traveling in the states or abroad, strongly consider the benefits of purchasing travel insurance. Compare the rates and coverage of the many excellent companies such as Travel Insurance, General Global Assist, and Travelex.
✦ In foreign places or whenever in doubt, opt for filtered/bottled water to ensure safe drinking water.
✦ Condiments in sealed packages are safer than those exposed to the environment.
✦ Aim to eat familiar foods at least one meal during the day for easier digestion.
✦ Check out restaurant reviews online and consider translating the menu before placing your order.
✦ Take supplements and vitamins to maintain balanced nutrition intake.
✦ Don't skip exercise and take advantage of the hotel gym.
✦ Pack comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing.
✦ Choose to walk when you can and use sightseeing as a means to increase cardio.
✦ Time zone differences may jumble your sleep schedule so try to get into a routine in the first 24 hours.
✦ Bring as much of your home environment with you as possible. If you sleep with a soft pillow and fan, either pack them or purchase when you arrive.
✦ Try to gradually adjust your sleep time before the first day of travel.
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