Travel Preparations- Part 2

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Identify your Luggage

Place photocopies of your identification in your luggage to help your airline or cruise ship to return it if lost while travelling.

Use your own Padlocks

Use your own padlocks instead of the padlocks supplied with suitcases. It is usually safer. Remember to keep the key(s) in your carry-on luggage.

Another Way to Identify your Luggage

Tie a colorful ribbon on each of your bags for quick identification at the baggage claim.

Photocopy your Identifying Documents

Photocopy all documents and cards and store it in a secret place in your suitcase. If your wallet is ever stolen, you will know exactly what you have lost and will have all the telephone numbers to call to cancel credit cards and the credit card numbers, etc. at your fingertips.

Scan your Identifying Documents

Instead of photocopying all your important documents and carrying them with you, you can scan everything and email the scans to your email account as attachments. You can use a free web based email such as or so you can access your documents from anywhere in the world.

Rent a Wireless Phone

You can rent a GSM (Global System for Mobiles) wireless phone before you leave your country. For a small amount of cash a day, you can have one phone, with one number that will work in over 92 countries worldwide. These are great for the business traveler, families leaving the kids at home, or anyone who just wants to stay in touch.

Convert your Cash

Convert some of your cash to the currency of the country you are visiting to get a better deal.

Regarding Your Passport

Make sure your passport does not expire within 6 months of your date of travel. A large majority of countries insist that your passport be valid for at least that time period or a year. Make a copy, in case you lose it while on vacation, you can send the copy to your Embassy.

Departure Tax

Find out before you depart whether there is a departure tax, and how much it is. Some countries do charge a small fee and will not let you board your flight without first paying it. It is best to reserve an amount of cash, as credit cards and other forms of payment are not accepted.

Arrange for Car Rental Collection

Reserve your car rental (if necessary) and arrange for collection in your arrival airport.

Do you have an International Driving License?

Get an international driving license (if necessary). Many car rental services insist on an international driving license.

Confirm your Reservations

Be sure your airline tickets and hotel reservation is confirmed, otherwise you may not have a reservation at all.