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Student Travel Safety - Before Leaving Home


  • Purchase a money belt or security pouch to carry valuables and passport.  Carry important documents on your person.
  • Provide your travel itinerary to your family and maintain regular contact while traveling.
  • Make a record of your passport,; credit card and travelers check numbers and insurance papers, as well as plane, train, or bus ticket numbers. Give a copy of the list to a family member or friend for safekeeping. Make a copy of the first pages of your passport and retain with your luggage.  Bring along 4 extra photos in the event you need to replace your passport or obtain visas.
  • Draft a list of important telephone numbers and addresses of the locations you are to visit and the telephone number of your nearest embassy or consulate.  Leave a copy with your contact and take a copy with you.
  • Use only your name and/or phone number on luggage tags.  Do not carry unnecessary identification which could cause problems.
  • Pack your own suitcase and pack light.  Often you’ll be carrying your suitcase through airports and to hotel rooms from the bus.


  • Have a dental check-up and complete medical exam (especially if traveling for 3 months or more).
  • Address immunization needs with a health care professional (6-10 weeks needed for some vaccines).
  • Check your health insurance coverage for international benefits
  • All parental contact information should be documented and secured on the person or in carry-on luggage. (Responsible adults traveling with minors should have all completed parental consents/information.)
  • Purchase an extra pair of eyeglasses, contacts and sunglasses or take a copy of your prescription with you.
  • Fill medical prescriptions prior to departure and carry duplicate prescriptions in case of loss. (Keep prescriptions and medications in carry-on luggage.)
  • If you have any physical condition that may require emergency care, purchase and carry some kind of identification: tag, bracelet, or card on you at all times indicating the specific nature of your problem and what should be done in the event you are unconscious or unable to communicate.
  • Obtain sunscreen lotion with a sun protector factor (SPF) of 15 or greater, an adequate supply of personal care/hygiene items, and an insecticide lotion with DEET (10-35%). Permethrin is available for treatment of bedding, clothing and netting and is an effective deterrent to mosquitoes.
  • A first aid kit is a good idea and should contain: mild analgesics, anti-diarrheal medication, elastic wraps, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, antibiotic ointment, adhesive tape, 2” gauze and Band-Aids of assorted sizes.

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