Travel Tips
April 24, 2014
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Travel Tip of the Day!

Copy all credit cards, airline tickets, passports and important documents, front and back. Jewelry, luggage and all valuables should be photographed prior to travel. Install motion lights in the front and rear of your house. Do not put your name on mailboxes, etc. Buy electronic timers that turn lights and TV on and off at different times.

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Basics
If your hotel room has an in-room safe or safety deposit box, use it. Do not take all your money out with you each day, but just enough for that day's use. Leave all your valuables in the safe when not in use. You may need your passport for duty free shopping, otherwise leave that in the safe along with your airline tickets. Do not go to dark, secluded places alone. Avoid deserted areas in the daytime unless your hotel has assured you of the safety of the area first. Be aware of your surroundings. If you hire a car, do not leave things of value in it, or if you must, lock everything in the trunk. A bag lying on a car seat can be very inviting even though it only contains a package of tissues. Many of the Caribbean islands do not have sidewalks, and the roads themselves can be quite narrow, therefore, when walking on the road always face the oncoming traffic.
At Home
Copy all credit cards, airline tickets, passports and important documents, front and back. Jewelry, luggage and all valuables should be photographed prior to travel. Install motion lights in the front and rear of your house. Do not put your name on mailboxes, etc. Buy electronic timers that turn lights and TV on and off at different times. Turn up the volume on your TV a little so that it can be heard from outside. Have your newspaper and mail delivery suspended or ask a neighbour to pick them up for you. Ask a neighbor to park in your driveway or parking place. Leave your curtains as they are normally during the day.
Immunization
Vaccinations are advisable when visiting certain countries and most last for several years. Always have proof of vaccination with you when traveling abroad.
Passports/Visas
Ensure that your documents are in order well in advance. Contact relevant embassies and consulates for requirements.
Packing
Useful items to put in your luggage are zip lock bags; a few feet of duct tape wrapped around a pen can come in handy when a strap breaks; extra batteries for your camera, watch, travel clock, etc are a good idea; a Swiss army knife; pocket calculator; small torch; first aid kit including antibacterial wipes/wash, medical and optical prescriptions, bug repellent, over-the-counter medications. Wrinkle-free clothing that can mix and match are best - TravelSmith is a good place to start if you need to make some purchases. Do not pack similar clothes in the same bag - split them between two even if it's a couple pieces in your hand luggage - lost luggage is a common occurrence. A travel guide and map for your chosen destination are also a good idea and can be purchased from Frommers and RandMcNally or your favourite bookstore. A unique form of identification on your luggage can make collection in busy airports a cinch.
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance can be a lifesaver when unforeseen circumstances cause cancellations, lost luggage and medical emergencies. WorldNomads is a good place to start or your travel agent can point you in the right direction.
Parking
In large car parks, it is a good idea to make a note of where you parked your car.
In Flight
Count the numbers of rows between your seat and the nearest fire exit. Wear natural fabrics. Dress nicely but comfortably. Drink plenty of water - bring your own bottle if necessary, avoid coffee, alcohol and carbonated drinks, which are dehydrating diuretics. If you must drink alcohol, have two glasses of water for every alcoholic drink. Airplane air is drier than most deserts. Eat light - everything but fruit plates contain too much salt and fat. Bring your own healthy snacks. Don't overeat - your internal organs naturally swell due to cabin pressure changes. Sit up front - there is less carbon dioxide in forward seats. There is more legroom in exit row seats. To avoid jet lag follow the same wake-up, bedtime, work and meal hours in your new location as in your old time zone. Don't try to catch up on sleep by going to bed right after you arrive. Never place important documents in the front seat pocket on the plane. A dab of antibacterial ointment or saline spray in your nose can help keep away airborne germs during the flight. Always wear shoes to the restroom. Wet wipes in your hand luggage always come in handy. Exercise and stretch during the flight. During layovers, get off and take a walk; breathe deeply. If traveling with children, pack a small toy and snacks - might keep other kids settled too. Keep kids awake until you get on the plane. Bring your own in-flight entertainment such as a book or magazine, music or audio book with headphones and a notebook and pen.
Hotels
Immediately upon check in, get two business cards or matchbooks with the hotel name and address on them. Keep one with you at all times and leave one next to the phone in your room. Select a room located between the 4th and 6th floors - most fire department ladders don't go higher than the 6th floor. Count the number of doors from your room to the nearest fire exit. On entering your room, examine the door lock and windows to ensure that they are secure. Place a flashlight next to your bed.
Outdoors
Take only enough cash with you for that outing. An under clothing wallet is safer than a belt pack or handbag. Do not put all your cash in one pocket. Thread a belt pack or camera strap through your belt loops.
 
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