| Successful travelling is healthy travelling|
All it takes is a bit of planning, eating carefully while
you're away, and recognising the early warning signs of possible
health-care disasters. A little knowledge of basic precautions -
and a little luck - can ensure that you experience little more
hardship than jetlag, upset stomach, too many duty-free drinks,
| Pre-departure Planning|
Make sure you're healthy before you start travelling. If you're
embarking on a long trip, make sure your teeth are OK. If you wear
glasses or contact lenses take a spare pair and your prescription.
If you require a particular medication take an adequate supply, as
it may not be available locally. Take the prescription or, better
still, part of the packaging showing the generic rather than the
brand name (which may not be locally available), as it will make
getting replacements easier. It's wise to have a legible
prescription or a letter from your doctor with you to prove that
you legally use the medication to avoid any problems.
| Health Insurance for Travel|
There are a large variety of insurance policies available for
travellers. Check that the plan you are considering will cover you
in all situations. Always remember to carefully read through the
contract before you decide on a particular policy. Some policies
specifically exclude certain sports and activities including scuba
diving, motorcycling, bungee jumping and even hiking. Choose your
policy after planning your activities and ask your insurance agent
to verify that they are covered.
Try to choose a policy that pays doctors or hospitals directly
rather than requiring you to pay first and claim later.
If you need to make a claim later, be sure to keep all
documentation. Insurance companies are notoriously slow in paying
claims that are not properly documented. Check if the policy
covers ambulances, rescue teams, helicopters and emergency flights
home. Be sure your policy provides for bringing the body home in
the event of a death. Check to see whether bringing your family
home in the event of your illness or injury is covered. Some
policies cover the cost of replacing and/or bringing your car home
in the event you are unable to do so. This is a good option to
keep in mind if you are planning long road trips away from home.
Don't take anything you would feel terrible about losing! I.e.,
jewellery, watches, laptops, etc. If you can't replace it, leave
it at home.
Always be certain of the price before you request a service
(laundry, tour guide) or order something in a restaurant. Be
certain that taximeters work (or establish a fixed price before
Small repair items - safety pins, duct tape, dental floss (strong
thread), thin twine - don't take up much space and can come in
handy. If you are renting a car, make sure you know about
insurance regulations for driving in the country. And before you
leave, check with your credit card company to see what is covered
by using their card to pay for the rental. Also, try and find out
local customs for driving, as this could avoid having an accident
(e.g. right-of-way is not the same in all places).
As a general rule, it takes a day for your body to adjust to each
time zone crossed. Jet lag is often more common and more dramatic
in your eastbound travel (e.g., from Tokyo to San Francisco than
from San Francisco to Tokyo). If at all possible, on
transcontinental or transoceanic flights, don't plan on conducting
major excursions the day you arrive. Instead, use the day to get
your circadian rhythms back in sync. Avoiding alcohol, regulating
your diet, getting plenty of sleep and exposure to sunlight are
effective methods to deal with jet lag.
Probably the most obvious tip : learn as much as you have time for
about the place you're going before you leave. If you know some
basic history, some basic phrases in the local language, and some
basic current events/politics about your destination, you will be
able to spend your time enjoying yourself rather than cramming and
overloading on info while you're there.
| Before you go|
· Stop deliveries & have your post office hold mail
· Arrange for care of pets, lawn, house plants
· Arrange for home security if you're worried (timed
· Empty refrigerator & garbage
· Pre-pay bills or ask close friend to collect mail and pay bills
· Lock all doors and windows
· Triple check that you have Passport/Tickets/Money
| Important Documents|
Make photocopies of your important documents (first page of
passport, visas, personal ID, CC's) in case the originals are
stolen. Keep one copy in each bag you carry but try not to overtly
indicate what the numbers represent. Make sure your passport does
not expire within 6 months of your date of travel. A large
majority of countries insist that your passport is valid for at
least that time period, and some of them even insist on it being
good for a year. Make a copy, in case you lose it while on
vacation (or it gets stolen), so you can send the copy to your
Departure Tax : Find out before you depart whether there is a
departure tax, and how much it is. Some countries do charge a
small fee, and will not let you board your flight without first
| Car Rental|
It is recommended to get an international driver's license before
you leave your country. Moreover, many of the car rental services
also insist on it.
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| Your First Aid Kit|
Always carry a small kit with some basic medical supplies and
first aid equipment in your hand luggage.
Your kit should include :
· Disinfectant or Antiseptic cream/lotion
· Cotton swabs
· Adhesive bandages
· Soap (preferably anti bacterial)
· Isopropyl Alcohol (small bottle)
· Tweezers / Scissors
· Sturdy plastic bag
If travelling with children be sure to also include :
· Children's strength aspirin, pain reliever, cold and allergy
· Oral rehydration tablets for children
Remember to carry a small supply of general medications. Medicines
for cold and allergies, painkillers, anti-diarrhoea tablets, and
motion sickness tablets are useful items to have while travelling.
Remember that it is always better to carry a small supply of
medicine with you than assume the country you are travelling to
have your required medicines available. Many over the counter
remedies are considered prescription drugs in other countries, or
are just not available.
| Using Electrical Appliances Abroad|
To use your electrical appliances in foreign countries, you need
to know two things: the type of electric current used in the
country and what type of adapter will fit your plug to its socket.
Adapters and Converters
An adapter allows you to plug an appliance designed for one type
of outlet into another. There are many different types of plugs in
use. A typical travel adapter kit usually contains about five
adapters that can handle most outlets. Adapters can offer this
type of versatility by bypassing the ground/earth wire. Although
this tends not to be an issue for short-term activities like
running a portable computer and recharging batteries, you should
get an adapter that allows you to use the ground/earth wire for
long-term uses and for appliances that require ground/earthling.
An adapter will not change the electric voltage. It will help you
get plugged into another type of outlet. If your appliance does
not handle different voltages, you will need a voltage converter.
Converters allow you to change line voltage from one amount to
another. Small electronics can operate with a 50-watt converter.
Heating appliances, including coffee makers and hair dryers need a
1600-watt converter. You may want to purchase combination
converters for both types. In you are planning a prolonged trip,
you might want to buy electrical appliances there or take battery
operated appliances. You should be able to purchase both adapters
and converters at local electronics or travel speciality stores.
| Before You Go Travelling Abroad - A Check List|
· Be sure to have your travel documents in order. You will need a
passport as well as any necessary visas for the countries you plan
to visit before confirming your travel plans.
· Carry your valuables in concealed inside pockets or in a sturdy
bag with the strap across your chest. Handbags, outside pockets,
and fanny packs are all easy prey for pickpockets and thieves.
· Put your name, address, and telephone number on the inside as
well as the outside of every piece of luggage. This will help in
identifying your luggage if it is lost or stolen.
· Note the credit limit on your cards. In some countries, you can
get arrested for exceeding your limit. Keep a copy of the contact
numbers of your credit card companies with you. Usually the toll
free numbers are not valid outside of the country of issue.
· Make sure you have enough money to cover emergencies. Always
include extra money in your budget for unforeseen
· Always take traveller's checks. It is safer to have traveller's
checks instead of large amounts of cash. Be sure not to
countersign until the time of use.
· Keep a separate record of the numbers of your traveller's
checks. Always leave a copy of your check numbers with a person
you trust in case all your records are lost or stolen.
· Keep Traveller's checks (& perhaps an extra credit card) in your
main bag. That way, if you're money belt is stolen, at least
you'll have enough funds to get by until you can have money wired
or get new traveller's checks.
· If you're arriving in a country at off-hours, you might want to
exchange for some local currency before you leave. This could be
extremely useful for a taxi ride to your hotel.
| Traveller's Guide Books|
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|We wish you a healthy and superb travel !