Avoid Trouble While Travelling Abroad

Here 8 tips to help you prepare for the unexpected while travelling:

  1. At the very least, read all about the country you will be visiting on Canada’s Foreign Affairs site.
  2. Make sure your passport is up to date. There are some countries that require that it is valid for three or six months beyond the travel dates, so don’t wait until the last minute.
  3. Take photocopies of your passport, and your bank and credit cards.  Leave a set with loved ones, and keep another set in a separate place from the originals.
  4. Visit a travel clinic to get any shots or medications that are recommended.  Also, NEVER travel out of Canada without Emergency Medical Insurance. Do some research on your destination. 
  5. Make sure you have all required travel visas.
  6. Bring along an old pair of your glasses, and a copy of the prescription.  Basically, imagine what it would be like without your glasses and make sure you have a backup plan.
  7. Keep valuables and needed medications in your carry on luggage.  There is no guarantee that your checked luggage makes it to the same destination you do on the same day!
  8. Saying ‘no’ to drugs is not just a cliche.  Many Canadians imprisoned abroad are there on drug charges.

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