TEN TRAVEL TIPS
Make sure you have a signed, valid passport (and visas, if required).
Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your
2. Read the Consular Information Sheets (and Public
Announcements or Travel Warnings, if applicable) for the countries you
plan to visit.
3. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs
of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, the U.S. Constitution
does not follow you! While in a foreign country, you are subject to
4. Make 2 copies of your passport identification page.
This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen.
Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with
you in a separate place from your passport.
5. Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends
at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
6. Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas.
Do not accept packages from strangers.
7. If you plan to stay abroad for more than two weeks,
upon arrival you should notify by phone or register in person with the
U.S. embassy in the country you are visiting. This will facilitate
communication in case someone contacts the embassy looking for you.
8. To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear
conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive
amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.
9. In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only
with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques.
10. If you get into trouble, contact the nearest U.S.
or appropriate embassy.