Before you travel
Make sure all passports, visas, vaccinations and health
requirements are up to date.
Backpacker Uk recommends travellers visit the UK Government's
Department of Health Travel Advice website. This carries
all the latest up to date independent travel and health
risks information on destinations worldwide, including how
to get medical treatments.
Take all your activity and outdoors sports travel insurance
documents with you including travel insurance certificate.
Keep them safe and handy.
Take a separate note of your policy numbers in case of
loss or damage to your certificate or policy cards. Also
leave a copy at home with next of kin as a contingency.
At home lock all doors, windows and cancel any milk, newspapers
or extra deliveries. If possible get a friend or neighbour
to keep an eye on your property whilst you are away.
Don't take large quantities of cash. Take travellers cheques
and/or credit cards and don't forget most travel insurance
policies have single article limits.
Make sure you have with you the emergency numbers to cancel
your credit cards.
Don't forget an appropriate electical adaptor for the country
you're travelling too. You'll need one to power any electrical
items you have with you.
Taking a small first aid kit is a good idea, as is a basic
sewing kit and a multitool.
When you are travelling or on holiday
Be aware of the latest airline and travel security measures.
Allow plenty more time for check in and be careful when
packing any carry on bags. Travellers are advised to keep
hand baggage to a minimum and not to carry any sharp items,
including scissors or penknives in hand baggage or on their
person - these can be carried in hold baggage.
Don't leave your home address visible on your baggage.
Keep all valuables, passports and money on you. Never pack
these items in checked in baggage. Take your activity and
outdoor sports travel insurance documents with you.
When you get to your destination
Take time to accimatise to applicable climate, food, cultural
and altitude changes.
Find out where all the main services are such as the Post
Office, Police, Doctor and Medical Facilities.
Check that the electrical fittings and heaters in your
hotel room are safe. Health and Safety standards are not
always to the same standard we have in the UK.
Check that the tap water is safe to drink. If unsure, drink
bottled water and avoid ice drinks.
Never leave belongings unattended or with strangers, especially
at airports, stations, in resort, on the slopes or unattended
in a vehicle.
Be aware of potential mountain or wintersports equipment
theft from areas such as lift systems, mountain restuarants,
cable cars, car parks and especially in resort at the end
of the day. Always keep an eye on your equipment.
At your hotel, keep valuables and cash in a safe deposit
box or in the hotel safe.
Please remember that you must obtain a police report in
the event of any loss or theft. Original documents are required
in order to settle your claim.
Please make sure you photocopy them before you send them
to the claim adjustors.
Check with local shops, businesses or newspapers for any
special offers which may save you time and money.
Be warned that the effects of alcohol increases with altitude
so take it easy.
Enjoy the trip, activities and have fun!.
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