Before you leave
1. Check up to 6 months in advance which vaccinations you may need.
2. Photocopy your passport and, if possible, keep a copy in your email account.
3. Take the latest photos of your children with you to make it easier to identify them when you separate.
4. Get the phone number and address of your country’s embassy in the destination.
5. Give any of you contact information at home.
6. Get a comprehensive travel insurance policy. If you have any conditions, make sure they are not excluded. Some travel insurance policies preclude terrorist acts.
7. Do not buy insurance directly from an agent or airline. They are often overpriced, and by shopping around, you can get the same protection at a fraction of the cost.
8. Check the weather model at the time of your visit and make a plan for it. Assemble appropriate clothing.
9. Stock up on essentials before you leave (sunscreens, repellents, medications, etc.) as they can be difficult to get to your destination.
10. Check the destination information in the tripadvisor. The forum can provide many useful tips and advice.
11. Consult with the government of your country for travel advice to the country you are visiting.
12. Take a compass so you know which way to move while looking at the map.
13. Take earplugs in case you have a noisy hotel room.
14. Take the torch.
15. If you take a mobile phone, make sure your operator has unlocked it to work abroad. Contact them to check.
16. If you are abroad for a while, consider buying a local SIM card for your phone. This can make calls much cheaper. Make sure your phone is unlocked to accept another operator’s SIM card.
17. Take the main first aid kit.
18. Acquire a personal alarm that emits a loud sound.
19. Take an extra pair of points.
20. If you are taking medication, bring a copy of the prescription. Make sure it is legal to import prescription drugs.
21. Before you go on vacation, do a Google search for “scam (vacation spot)”.
22. Before leaving, write down the accommodation in which you will live. This often needs to be given to customs officers.
23. Before the flight, pack the essentials. This will come in handy when your luggage disappears.
24. Do not put your home address on the luggage tag, as this may endanger security. Use a friends / work address instead.
25. Collect your own bags and do not leave them unattended.
At your destination
26. Do not approach animals, because they can carry the disease.
27. Be wary of people who turn to you. Don’t let the guards down!
28. Do not disclose any confidential information to anyone.
29. Do not take drinks from strangers. If anyone insists on buying you one, go with them to the bar and watch it closely!
30. Beware of strangers who approach you. They can be scammers!
31. Beware of pockets. These people often work in pairs and start a conversation with you or create violations.
32. Respect local customs. Check what is the right behavior, and act accordingly.
33. Respect local dress codes, especially in Islamic countries.
34. Try to dress locally. This will make you less of a target for bullies / thieves and make your vacation more enjoyable.
35. Valuables should not be exhibited as this can become a target for thieves. If possible, leave unnecessary valuables at home.
36. Avoid public protests, as they can be dangerous.
37. Be alert if something feels potentially dangerous, stay away.
38. If you visit the beach, make sure it is safe to swim. When in doubt, do not climb into the water.
39. Do not photograph military personnel and installations. This can charge you with espionage and lead to criminal liability!
40. Be careful when taking a taxi. If possible, use only taxis from registered companies. If you do not have a taxi, negotiate a price before entering.
41. Buy a phrasebook and a destination map.
42. Make sure your children have a card with your name, hotel and contact details.
43. Always hold your hand or cover it.
44. If opponents do not fight back, it is better to lose valuables than life.
45. If you need to ask for directions, contact only people in positions of power (such as the police).
46. Avoid walking and traveling at night.
47. In hotels pay attention to emergency exit procedures. If you can’t find them, ask if they don’t … leave!
48. If someone approaches you and claims that you are in authority, ask for some kind of certificate. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
49. Avoid those who approach you, stating that you are a tour guide. If you need a guide, find it yourself.
50. Before traveling, contact the credit card companies. If you are abroad, you are uncomfortable blocking the card!
51. Keep a copy of your credit card numbers at home with someone you can trust. In case of loss they can be easily canceled.
52. Save the phone number of credit card companies to your mobile phone to make it easier to contact them in case of loss.
53. Get at home the currency where you are going. This will ease the situation when you arrive at your destination when there are no ATMs.
54. Prepare local currency before arriving home. It is useful for airport shops and taxis.
55. Take a small amount of cash and at least two credit cards.
56. Keep credit cards separate.
57. When leaving the hotel, take only one card … leave the rest in the hotel safe. Check if it is safe.
58. Every day carry as much money as you need.
59. Have a dummy wallet that holds a small amount of cash. This is useful when you encounter a robber.
60. Wear a lot of small changes, ready to give advice.
Food and drink
61. Make sure it is safe to drink water. If not, buy bottled water when you get to your destination. Check that the seal is not broken.
62. If water is dangerous, make sure there is no ice in your drink.
63. Take water purification pills if you cannot access bottled water.
64. Avoid food that has been in the heat, as bacteria can grow on it!
65. Avoid raw fruits and vegetables if you can’t peel them yourself.
66. Avoid food that is exposed to flies.
67. If you are driving, conduct a study of road customs, highway rules and conditions.
68. Check that your current driver’s license has been accepted.
69. Check the condition of the rented vehicle before accepting it. Pay attention to any bumps and scratches of the rental company and make sure they mark them so you are not accused of harm.
70. Collision Damage Insurance is a critical coverage when renting a car. Try to buy this from a third party (not from a hiring company) as you can save a lot.
Before returning home
71. Check that you are allowed to import. Bringing prohibited items home can lead to criminal liability and fines.
Hopefully, this list will be a useful guide to things to consider before traveling. Of course, the list is not exhaustive and you can do what you have not disclosed. In this case, I encourage you to join and leave a comment at the bottom of this post.