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Know Before You Go

The British Foreign Office offers travel advice ‘Know Before You Go’ and is an ongoing travel safety campaign, it helps to be better prepared for your overseas trips with a view to avoiding common travelling traumas, risks and dangers.

Before you travel checklist:

  • Get adequate travel insurance, ensuring you’re covered for any sports activities you plan to do
  • Travelling to Europe, then make sure you to take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), each member of the family will need their own, its free and you can apply for it at
  • Ensure you have the up to date passport and visa documents
  • Leave someone with travel plans and emergency contact information
  • Take enough money for your trip, and have an emergency fund just in case
  • Familiarise with the destination’s local laws and customs
  • Check FCO’s website for up-to-date travel advice by country –

 While you are away checklist:

  • Think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts – don’t take risks that you wouldn’t at home!
  • Don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks
  • Find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws -there may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home
  • Be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. Such activities may be misunderstood, especially near military installations
  • Consider taking your mobile with you or renting one whilst you’re away.  Store useful numbers such as the local police and the nearest embassy or consulate
  • Check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad
  • Check whether it’s safe to drink local tap water- if not, stick to bottled water and avoid salads, non-peeling fruit and ice in drinks
  • Use your judgement when buying and eating food you’ve not prepared yourself
  • Respect the environment – don’t buy wildlife souvenirs, conserve resources like water and don’t drop litter
  • Check import regulations for food and plants before you attempt to bring them back to the UK



Posted : Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 10:00
Category : Holiday Tips
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