Travel Preparations for Europe to help Insure a Safe Trip
You are anticipating your upcoming travel to Europe and time seems to go so slowly because you are anxious to see and experience the sites there. Any vacation to Europe is sure to be full of fun and excitement. But you don’t want to be faced with the wrong type of excitement! There are many things that can potentially go wrong when traveling to other countries, so it is important to make safety travel preparations for Europe.
While you may not be able to avoid everything that may and can happen, such as being robbed, you can minimize the effect such problems can cause on your trip and your life in general. It’s bad enough to have to face problems at home, but it can be far worse away from home. You just have to try to be prepared for anything that might occur during your travels.
With that in mind, there are several things that most travelers need and should be aware of including visas, passports, vaccinations, electrical adapters, and other preparations you need to make before you leave for your Europe destination. If you take these precautions, you’ll be more likely to have a safe trip to Europe.
Things to do in Advance
Just in case you lose paperwork, you should first make two copies of everything important to your finances, your stay in the country, and return to the U.S. This includes copying your credit cards, passport, visa, and any hotel reservations. Also you should make a copy of your plane reservations for the return flight. Then give one copy to a trusted friend or relative that is not going with you, someone staying here in the USA or whatever country you are leaving from.Keep the other copy with you, but make sure that you put your copies in a safe place. A bag that will stay in your room and not on your person is probably the ideal place to put them. If your hotel has a safe in the room, lock your important copies in it. Don’t keep the originals and the copies together. Make sure to keep the copies and originals separate.
Making copies of these important documents can save you from substantial headaches, and potential legal troubles with either local and/or American authorities. It’s possible to experience financial problems also. If you are robbed of your important documents or credit cards, you can report them stolen, have them canceled, and still have proof of your identity so that you can return home from your European vacation safely.
Another traveler preparation you should make before leaving for Europe is to notify your credit card companies and let them know that you’re planning on traveling to a different country. In today’s climate of identity theft and credit card fraud, credit card companies will often deny charges from locations which they do not feel their customers would be making purchases from.
If you fail to let your credit card companies know that you will be traveling, you may find yourself in Europe with no money or means of getting money. Losing a credit card or having one stolen here can be a problem rather easily solved, but that same misfortune in Europe, or in any foreign country, can mean very big problems.
For safety reasons, you should also make sure that you pick and pack your clothing in accordance with the culture of the areas you will visit. This will help you avoid trouble as you wander about foreign cities. For example, if you are used to wearing shorts to an event here, but such attire is out of the question at a similar event in another country, don’t standout or be embarrassed there by wearing shorts when it’s essentially a taboo. Flashing your diamond ring, bracelet or necklace can be an open invitation for a thief to make them their own. You should also leave any unnecessary valuables at home, so that there is less reason for someone to try to rob you.
The US Embassy can be your friend
Be sure to check with the US State Department for any travel warnings related to any of the countries you might be visiting. Such travel warnings posted for European countries is not common, but it is better to be safe than sorry. You can also find the location of the US Embassy in each country that you will visit and register your trip with the US Embassy at their web site.Such traveler alerts and registration at the appropriate U.S. Embassy can easily be done using the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
By registering your trip with the US Embassy and knowing the location of those embassies in the areas that you will visit is very important to your safety. In the event that an emergency occurs, either with your family at home or while you are abroad, the US Embassy will be able to intercede on your behalf, locate you quickly, and help you take appropriate action. Getting maps of the areas you will visit and noting the location of the US Embassy on the map is also good preparation for any emergencies that may arise.
Advance safety travel preparations for Europe is not something you should take lightly. The above are but a few of the things to consider before you take your trip. Although we normally expect things to go smoothly when we travel, one never knows in advance when trouble may strike. Having been well prepared in advance for a safe trip to Europe, can help free your mind and relieve you of any stress should the unthinkable actually happen.
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