How to stay safe while travelling abroad

November 6, 2014

Travelling abroad can be thrilling and eye-opening, but also a little risky. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe while travelling abroad.

Getting in an automobile accident, losing your luggage, lacking necessary documents or having something stolen can sour the trip of a lifetime. Not preparing for certain realities and dangers in other nations can also lead to disaster. Ensuring that your belongings are protected and taking precautionary measures are vital to enjoying your trip abroad and happily returning home.

How to stay safe while travelling abroad

Bring appropriate documents and equipment

Bringing appropriate documents guarantees you don't get road-blocked anywhere and can safely enter and exit various nations. A passport is absolutely required and many countries, such as China and Vietnam, require visas in addition to a passport. Before you depart to any other country, find out if you need a visa for entry and exit. Place important documentation in a secure place, preferably on your person. If you plan to rent a car while abroad, you may also need an international driving permit.

One piece of necessary equipment that's often overlooked by Canadian travellers is a health kit. Be sure to bring one, as adequate health care may not be readily available in some countries. Also, make arrangements with your cell phone provider so you can use your phone while abroad, or purchase a local SIM card.

Insure your belongings

The simple way to make sure you are compensated for lost or stolen belongings is to purchase travel insurance. Nearly every major insurance provider in Canada offers some form of international travel insurance. While some insurance plans are better than others, it's advised to make sure the value of your entire luggage is covered. Compare rates to get the best deal. Keep in mind that purchasing travel insurance for travel outside Canada isn't always necessary. Many health and accident insurance providers offer Canadian citizens some form of coverage internationally as a part of their regular insurance plan. Credit card companies also usually offer protection abroad, especially from fraudulent transactions. Before you purchase travel insurance, explore these options—you may already be insured.

Obtain information and check advisories

Obtain addresses for quality hospitals and health clinics as well as contact info for Canadian embassies in the country you're visiting. You should also register as a Canadian abroad with the government to regularly receive travel advisories; these updates inform travellers of potential health, political, and environmental concerns in other countries.

It's also important to know that certain circumstances in other nations could affect your travel insurance. Before going, look for the most up-to-date information and confirm with your insurance provider that you are still covered.

Bringing the documents and supplies you need, making sure you have insurance and staying aware of dangers are vital to staying protected while travelling abroad. Remaining alert, exercising caution, and using common sense further decrease the chance of a negative travel experience.

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