Five things to remember before travelling

Are you planning to travel soon? Here are five things you must do before the voyage.

Aug 5, 2023 - 02:33
Five things to remember before travelling
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Before traveling, there are several essential things people should remember to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip. Here are five important ones:

  1. Check travel documents and requirements: Make sure you have a valid passport and any necessary visas for your destination. Check the expiration date of your passport, as many countries require it to be valid for at least six months beyond your travel dates. Also, review any vaccination or health requirements for your destination and carry any relevant documents.

  2. Pack wisely: Pack appropriate clothing and essentials for the weather and activities at your destination. Consider any cultural or religious dress codes that may apply. Don't forget important items like travel adapters, chargers, medications, and important documents (e.g., travel insurance, emergency contacts).

  3. Inform your bank and credit card company: Let your bank and credit card provider know about your travel plans, including the countries you'll be visiting and the dates of your trip. This prevents them from flagging your transactions as suspicious due to international activity and ensures your cards work smoothly abroad.

  4. Research your destination: Familiarize yourself with the local customs, culture, and basic phrases in the local language. Understanding the local customs can help you respect local traditions and avoid any unintended cultural faux pas. Also, research the local transportation options, attractions, and safety tips to make the most of your trip.

  5. Secure your home: Before leaving, take measures to secure your home. Lock all doors and windows, set up timers for lights, and ask a trusted neighbor or friend to collect your mail or keep an eye on your property. Consider using a house-sitting service if possible.

Bonus tip: Purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against unexpected situations such as trip cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost luggage.

Remember, preparation is key to having a successful and stress-free travel experience. Taking care of these essential tasks before you leave will allow you to focus on enjoying your journey and making wonderful memories.

Special cares

When voyaging to Africa and Asia, it's essential to take special health precautions to protect yourself from potential health risks. These regions can have specific health challenges, including infectious diseases that might not be prevalent in your home country. Here are some important health care tips to consider before traveling to Africa and Asia:

  1. Consult with a travel health specialist: Schedule an appointment with a travel medicine specialist or a healthcare provider experienced in travel medicine. They can assess your health status, review your vaccination history, and provide personalized recommendations based on your destination and itinerary.

  2. Vaccinations: Ensure that you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations and receive any recommended or required vaccinations for the countries you plan to visit. Common vaccinations for travelers to Africa and Asia might include those for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, and others.

  3. Malaria prevention: Both Africa and Asia have regions where malaria is a risk. Depending on your destination, you might need to take antimalarial medication. Discuss the appropriate prophylaxis with your healthcare provider.

  4. Food and water safety: Practice good food and water hygiene to avoid foodborne illnesses and waterborne diseases. Drink bottled or purified water and avoid consuming raw or undercooked food.

  5. Insect precautions: Protect yourself from insect-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika by using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved clothing and pants, and sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito nets, especially in areas with a high risk of these diseases.

  6. Personal medication and first aid kit: Bring an ample supply of any prescription medications you take regularly. Also, pack a basic first aid kit with essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and other medications for common travel-related issues.

  7. Sun protection: Africa and Asia can have intense sunlight. Protect your skin from sunburn by using sunscreen with a high SPF, wearing protective clothing, and using sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.

  8. Hygiene practices: Maintain good personal hygiene, including frequent handwashing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, especially before eating.

  9. Travel insurance: Obtain comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, medical evacuation, and repatriation in case of serious illness or injury.

  10. Cultural considerations: In some areas, there might be specific health-related cultural practices or customs. Respect local traditions and norms while ensuring your well-being.

Remember that health risks can vary depending on the specific countries and regions within Africa and Asia that you plan to visit. Stay informed about any health advisories or updates from reputable sources like the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before and during your trip. Taking these health care precautions will help you enjoy your voyage with greater peace of mind.

Ana Dedeus Member of EA Coordination Team