Friday, March 13, 2015
I've posted safety tips before but always seem to have questions about these. Think about these when getting ready to travel and when you're in a different place.
Check in with the State Department before you go. Did you know the State Department provides updated safety information for every country in the world? You can find things like what vaccinations you need to travel warnings. While you're on their website, www.state.gov, also check out the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) page. You can register your travel plans. This is a good idea for you as well as people at home in case of a disaster as they will be able to get in touch with you.
Scan your passport and email it to yourself. Take a photo on your phone. It just makes life and travel easier if it gets lost or stolen. And, if it's locked in the hotel safe...you still have the information close at hand.
Find out what the local emergency number hotlines are in the country where you will be. Save them on your phone. Remember, 911 isn't the number to call in other countries.
Check the U.S. embassies or consulates in that country and save those numbers and addresses on your phone as well.