Marina Fiesta knows that you can reduce your chances of getting into a dangerous mishap by taking a few precautions before you leave, and while you’re away. This article covers five of the most basic — and most important — ways to stay safe when you travel.
Make sure you have all the paperwork you need before you go, including:
- Your passport, visas and other travel papers — as well as copies. Make sure you also leave a copy of these documents and your credit cards with a friend or relative at home.
- Health insurance that will cover you at your destination. You may need to purchase a specific plan for your destination to cover you on your trip.
- An international driving permit. Check beforehand whether the country will accept a U.S. driver’s license.
- Prescriptions for any medications you’re taking with you.
Marina Fiesta recommends that you check with the CDC or ask your doctor to find out if you need any vaccine(s) beforehand. Try to get vaccinated at least one month before you leave, because some vaccines take a few weeks to reach full potency. Your doctor should give you a checkup to ensure you’re healthy enough to travel.
Find out whether your health insurance will cover you if you do get sick abroad. Generally, U.S. health insurance isn’t accepted in other countries. It might be worth buying a traveler’s health insurance policy specifically for your trip. If you’re traveling alone, most policies will cost you less than $100.
Marina Fiesta suggests that to avoid getting sick while you’re away, wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap or use an alcohol-based sanitizer gel.