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20 Tips for safer and easier travelling

  1. Check the latest travel advice for your destination at www.smarttraveller.gov.au
  2. Take out appropriate travel insurance to cover hospital treatment, medical evaluation and any activities including sports in which you wish to participate.
  3. Before travelling overseas register your details and travel arrangements online at www.orao.dfat.gov.au or at the local Australian embassy, high commission or consulate once you arrive, so they can contact you in an emergency.
  4. Obey the law. Other countries have vastly different customs to Australia. Consular assistance cannot overide local laws, even where local laws appear harsh or unjust by Australian standards.
  5. Check to see if you require visas for countries you are visiting or transitting ( www.dfat.gov.au/visas ). Be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry.
  6. Make copies of your passport details, insurance policy, travellers cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a seperate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home. To go further you could even email these copies to yourself.
  7. Check with health professionals for information on recommended vaccinations or other precautions and find out about overseas laws on travelling with medicines. If your medication needs to be refrigerated check with your airline as to whether the medication can be stored on onboard refrigerators during flight - not all airlines will allow this.
  8. Make sure your passport has at least six months validity and carry additional copies of your passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport whilst overseas.
  9. Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with someone at home and keep in regular contact with friends and relatives whilst overseas. You can also keep a copy of your itinerary inside your luggage so if it should go astray it can be reunited with you.
  10. Before departing check whether you are regarded as a national of the country you intend to visit. Research whether holding dual nationality has any implications for your travel.
  11. Check with your airline about your baggage allowance and avoid paying excess baggage charges by weighing your luggage before travelling. Hand held luggage scales are now available.
  12. Secure your luggage to a fixed object with a cable lock whilst in busy places.
  13. Take a concealed money belt rather than a wallet whilst in unfamiliar places, these can be worn next to the skin and under your clothes so they are not visible to criminal elements.
  14. To avoid complications at check in make sure your cabin luggage conforms to the airlines regulations (usually total linear dimensions of no more than 115cm). Pack a change of clothes into your cabin luggage so that you have your next days clothes should your checked bagage be delayed.
  15. Remember to check which travel adaptor is used in your destination, being without power for your phone, laptop or camera can cause unnecessary stress.
  16. When visiting cold climates with bulky clothing use Eagle Creek compression bags to maximize space.
  17. When travelling to the USA be aware that to safely lock your bags you require TSA locks that can be opened by USA customs which saves them damaging your bag should they need to inspect it.
  18. When at the beach keep your valuables and electricals in a waterproof bag, recently released is a Seacure waterproof bumbag for exactly this use.
  19. Whilst travelling with a family keep all your travel documents in one place ie: a anti theft travel wallet.
  20. If taking medication with you, leave in the packaging and also take a copy of your prescription.

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