8 things not to forget when traveling to the tropics
Copyright 2005 Dave Markel
Sometimes it is hard to pack for a place or climate that is new. When packing to go to the tropics there are some items that you don't want to forget.
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|Travel Safety Tips
"A safe journey is what your loved ones wish for every time you
leave town and following some simple travel safety tips goes a
long way in ensuring that you return home unharmed. While
terrorism is emerging as a growing concern for American
travelers, especially those venturing onto foreign soil, one is
generally more vulnerable to petty crime like theft or to health
Preparation and caution can reduce a traveler's risks to a large
extent. Arm yourself with all the information you can gather
about your destination, especially if you are traveling
overseas. Knowing what conditions to expect help acclimatize
faster. Consular information is available on every foreign
destination and additional resources are libraries and the
Internet. The Department of State brings out travel warnings
about destinations where it perceives a threat to American lives
and it is worth spending a little time finding out if the place
you are headed for is on that list.
Make two photocopies each of your passport's ID page, your
traveler's checks, driver's license and airline tickets. Leave a
copy with a relative, friend or coworker at home and carry the
other one with you, but pack it separately from the originals.
This protects you in case of theft. If you lose your passport,
the photocopy will help expedite the issue of a temporary one.
Also leave a copy of your itinerary at home so your family and
colleagues know where to contact you in case there is an
Another important safety tip is to travel light and with as few
valuables as possible. Do not carry a lot of cash around. Try to
use traveler's checks and credit cards wherever you can. Carry
travel safety products like waist packs, neck pouches and
devices that secure your luggage and camera. If you must carry
some valuables, it is worth investing in a travel
safe. It is
also important to keep your body language positive. Be courteous
to the locals and try to look confident at all times, even if
you aren't feeling that way. The danger of being a target of
pickpockets is greatest in crowded areas, so be careful when
visiting such places. Dress appropriately for the culture of the
host country so you do not attract too much attention.
It is also essential that you protect your health. Before
leaving for your trip, find out from the Centers of Disease
Control if there is any health risk at your destination so you
know if you need to be vaccinated. Be careful about what you eat
and drink. Eat only food that is completely cooked and avoid
food that has been sitting for a while, for instance a cold
salad at a buffet. Drink bottled water after making sure that
the seal hasn't been tampered with. Keep your hands clean,
taking special care to wash them thoroughly before each meal.
Protect yourself from insect bites by wearing long-sleeved
shirts and long pants.
Don't leave home without travel insurance. Even if you do not
want to buy comprehensive travel insurance, make sure you have a
health insurance policy that covers you for hospitalization and
evacuation back home in case of a medical emergency. If you take
medication, check with a consular official to see if the drugs
are legal at your destination. Carry your prescription along
with the generic names of the medicines you take.
Use these travel safety tips to ensure your security. If you
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