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Travel Tips for Students

by erin 26. August 2009 07:24

The study abroad programs are increasing in availability and student travel itself is an opportunity to explore different countries and learn a deeper appreciation of foreign cultures. So here are our carefully researched tips to ensure that you have memorable time on the vacation.

Packing for the Trip: “Less is better” when it comes to packing for student travel.

  • Clothes: Pack clothing you can mix and match.
  • Toiletries
  • Pack a simple first aid kit
  • Passport and Visa: Make sure that you are carrying your passport and visa in cases where required
  • Pack a photocopy of your airline tickets besides the original

Register your Trip: Register your travel plans with the State Department. You can do the same through free online service provided by State Government. This will help the authorities to contact you in case there is a family emergency in the U.S. or if there is a crisis where you are traveling.

Carrying Money: Use Travelers Checks rather than carrying around large amounts of cash. Use credit cards in case you plan to make bigger purchases. Do notify your credit card company, prior to your departure of the countries you intend to visit.

Medications & Medical Coverage: Consult your medical insurance company if your medical policy applies overseas.  In case it does not, consider supplemental insurance. Also carry a photocopy of all current prescriptions so these items can be replaced if lost.

On the Plane: Pay attention to the pre-flight safety demonstration and locate the nearest emergency exit. If case you have special dietary needs, order a special meal through the airline in advance of your trip.

Safety Measures at Destination: Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or carrying huge amount of cash. Dress conservatively. Do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages or favors from strangers.

While residing Abroad: Eat food that has been fully cooked and served hot.  Boil your water or drink only bottled water or carbonated drinks from cans or bottles with intact seals.

Other Handy Tips: While abroad avoid using illicit drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages. Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money to avoid violating local laws. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling.

Consider these tips and you can protect yourself while still enjoying the sights and sounds around you in a new country.
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