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.
- 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
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.