Preparing for a trip abroad takes more than making sure your passport is up to date, stamped with all the right visas, and packing your suitcase. Detailed advice is available via the government’s foreign travel checklist, but here are some of the most important things to consider before and during your trip abroad.
Preparing for a trip abroad
One of the first things you need to do before any trip abroad, whether it is to a European country or further afield, is to get full travel insurance to ensure you are covered in case of emergencies like an unexpected illness or accident on holiday, for instance.
If you have an existing medical condition, you should also check out any risks your trip may pose to your health by visiting your GP, a travel clinic or the NHS page for travel health information.
You also need to make sure you carry sufficient medication and other medical supplies you may require to last throughout your entire stay and cover any unexpected delays, as supplies may be restricted where you are going.
Local laws and customs
To avoid falling foul of local laws and customs, make sure you know what you can and cannot do, wherever your trip abroad is taking you.
Some countries have unbelievably stringent laws in comparison to our own, and what seems like a minor misdemeanour here could land you with severe punishments elsewhere.
Check out where the nearest British consulate or embassy to your destination will be, their opening times and what services are offered.
Taking risks on a trip abroad
Never take any risks you would not take at home:
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
- Prevent slips, trips and falls by looking out for potential hazards
- Use only reputable, responsible operators known to have good safety records when engaging in activities like trekking, bungee jumping or water sports, for instance and,
- Do not drink local water or eat raw foods to avoid contracting food poisoning
On the beach
When visiting beaches, make sure you are clued up what flags (patterns and colours) are used to indicate dangers. These warn against risk of injuries by dangerous marine life or unsafe areas and times to get into the water.
If the unexpected happens and you are injured abroad through no fault of your own by a trip, slip or fall or any other holiday incident, make sure you get the personal injury compensation you are entitled to.
Call us, Accident Advice Helpline on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline, as soon after your holiday accident as possible.