Before leaving home on your vacation

Travel Tips by Gary

Before leaving home on a long journey can be stressful. Here is a list I always keep as a reminder before embarking on a wonderful adventure. As my mother used to tell me “better to be safe than sorry”.

  1. Extra passport copies….leave one at home with friend or family and bring an extra with you.. just in case your passport is lost or stolen, it will be easier to get a replacement
  2. Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a friend or family member,include all hotel numbers in case of an emergency they can reach you
  3. Medical insurance……check your local provider concerning your coverage out of the country
  4. Travel insurance…good idea to purchase policy to include features such as cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, emergency evacuation etc.
  5. Medications….be sure you bring what you will need, but do not put in checked baggage
  6. Vaccinations….be sure to check with your physician or travel clinic, especially if traveling to third world countries
  7. Call your credit cards companies…let them know where you will be on your upcoming trip so they will not deny your charges, also check if they have any fees when using your credit card out of the country……some will…some will not
  8. Leave your jewelry at home….and do not “flash” large amounts of cash while traveling ”do not tempt the devil”
  9. Familiarize yourself with any travel warnings in the area http://travel.state.gov/travel/
  10. Keep yourself updated with the local news of the country you will be traveling to. It is very easy to go to Google, news, then type in country you will be going to
  11. Familiarize yourself with the currency exchange of the country you will be traveling to
  12. Familiarize yourself with the local customs…perhaps learn a few words in the local dialect, to greet and thank the local people you will encounter
  13. Stop all mail and newspapers or have a neighbor pick them up for you
  14. Set some house lights to a timer, so your residence does not look vacant
  15. Alert trusted neighbors of your travels or the local police department
  16. Shut off water and set thermostats to an energy saving level
  17. Unplug appliances if appropriate

“100 countries traveled and still counting”