5 Need-To-Know Travel Tips For Before You Bon Voyage

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Whether you’re planning an anniversary vacay on an exotic island or a family reunion in Ireland, traveling abroad can be nerve-racking, to say the least. In honor of World Immunization Week (and all you gorgeous globe-trotting Nesties out there), we’ve compiled top trekking tips from travel site Lonely Planet to help keep you safe and sound (and sane!).

1. Scan Major Documents. Scanning your important papers means that even if you lose your luggage, your information is safe in cyberspace. For iPhone users, the handy app TurboScan ($1.99 at the iTunes store) allows you to scan documents using your phone’s camera and then email them to yourself as PDFs.

2. Keep a Stronghold on Your Stuff. Never place your belongings on the floor, on an extra chair or over the back of a seat. Instead, keep bags in your lap or wrap the straps around your leg so you can physically feel that your bag is there.

3. Get Travel Insurance. It might seem like an unnecessary expense, but you don’t want to be caught in a foreign country without coverage on lost or stolen luggage or stuck sick in a hospital with no idea how steep the bill will be there. Invest in travel insurance for piece of mind now and in a worst-case scenario.

4. How to Treat…Traveler’s Diarrhea (Yes, We Said It). Going on an accidental cleanse in the form of an upset stomach is no fun, but digestive problems like this one affects between about 30 and 50 percent of people who visit tropical destinations. If you get hit with Montezuma’s revenge, avoid tea, coffee, and sodas, which can dehydrate you even further. Packets of oral rehydration salts (ORS) are available worldwide to help you get some much-needed sugar, salt and water back in your system stat.

5. Separate your stash of cash and cards. It might make you uneasy to leave some of your cards or cash behind in your room’s safe, but this can make all the difference if your wallet is stolen or lost when you’re out and about.

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