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Tips for Traveling Abroad


Airport Tips


We all know that airports can be a hassle these days but a little planning and preparation can make a big difference. Try these tips to help you breeze right through.

Before Your Trip

  • Check your itineraries for seat assignments and make any ticket changes you need.
  • Handle any special needs you might have before you get to the airport.
  • Check to make sure the contact information we have for you is right.
  • Take care of passports, visas, and any important papers you might need way ahead of time.
  • Use our online Check-in tool and self-service kiosk to avoid long lines at the airport.
  • Know the check-in requirements for your airport.
  • Know the requirements for the security checkpoints where you'll be traveling.
  • Check security checkpoint wait-times and allow plenty of extra time for busy holiday periods.

During Your Trip

  • Check the display screens and monitors in the airport to find your gate.
  • Arrive at the gate early with your boarding pass and e>ticket receipt.
  • Keep an eye on the gate display screens that we have in most airports.
  • Listen closely for announcements at the gate. It might be important stuff.

Baggage Tips

No one wants lost or damaged luggage. Here are some tips to help you and your luggage have an effortless trip.

Before Your Trip

  • Put your name and the phone number of your destination on the inside and outside of your bag.
  • Don't wrap your gifts since all luggage is subject to inspection.
  • Travel light when you can. Try bringing one carry-on bag that will fit underneath the seat in front of you.
  • Don't overstuff your bag. That makes it more likely to get damaged.
  • Make sure your bags don't have any straps or hooks sticking out that could get caught on something and damage your bag.
  • Stay within the Baggage Allowance.
  • Carry valuables, medication, and travel documents in your carry-on luggage.
  • Pack anything that might leak inside an air-tight plastic bag.
  • Know the rules for any of your stuff that might be considered Dangerous Goods. That includes what to do with those spare batteries.
  • Know the requirements for the Security Checkpoints where you'll be traveling. There are still restrictions on Liquids and Containers.

During Your Trip

  • Check with our airport agents if you need extra Packaging.
  • Check as many bags as possible to make clearing Security Checkpoints smooth and fast.

Healthy Travel Tips

Wherever you're headed, you'll want to feel healthy and strong. Here are some helpful tips for not being under the weather when you're going above the clouds.

Before Your Trip

Here are just a few precautions you can take ahead of time:

  • Make sure your immunizations are current.
  • If possible, delay your trip if you're not feeling well.
  • If you're prone to air sickness, ask for a window seat over the wing.
  • If you have any health questions, or if you suffer from a chronic ailment, motion sickness, or fear of flying, ask for advice from your physician.
  • Stress is bad for you. Reduce stress by allowing plenty of time to check in and reach your departure gate.
  • Always carry your medication with you—never pack it in baggage you're planning to check.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes for your flight.

Want to read about some other ways to get ready for takeoff? Learn more about healthy travel tips for Before Your Trip.

During Your Trip

Here are a few things you can do to feel good while you're flying:

  • Eat lightly during your flight.
  • Stay hydrated while you fly.
  • Leave room under the seat in front of you so you can stretch out your legs.
  • If conditions permit, try to stand up and walk around the cabin every once in a while.

Want to read about some other ways to stay comfortable while you fly? Learn more about healthy travel tips for During Your Trip.

At Your Destination

Here are a couple of things to remember once you arrive:

  • Never purchase local medications unless you're familiar with them.
  • Wear sun block and sunglasses in the tropics and at high altitudes.
  • Drink a lot of water to minimize altitude sickness.

Want some more advice about staying healthy once you get where you're going? Learn more about healthy travel tips for when you're At Your Destination.

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More Guidelines:

  • Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency:  Register your travel plans  with the State Department through a free online service. Some countries are having such facilities.  (Ex: USA )
  • Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information:  Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
  • Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page:  Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency. You can also keep a copy of your passport and visa and your photograph in your email address.
  • Check your overseas medical insurance coverage:  Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation.  If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws:   While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.  The State Department web site at has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit. 
  • Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime:  To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money.  Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
  • Contact Embassy in an emergency: Keep the address and contact number of your Embassy office in the country you are traveling 

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