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9 “Be Prepared” Travel Tips… Things Don’t Always Go as Expected

Leaning_Tower_PisaAs you prepare for your summer vacation, either just the two of you or with the whole family, always remember that the planning doesn’t stop when you buy your tickets. Here are some areas that you’ll want to, “Be Prepared” for when those unforeseen bumps in the road happen. Remember what General (Later President) Dwight Eisenhower said: “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” As a General planning for the D Day invasion, he knew that all the plans became almost useless as soon as the first shot was fired because you never knew what the other guys would do… but if you had gone through the exercise of carefully looking at the possibilities and planning accordingly, when the unexpected actually happened, it had been foreseen, and people could react quickly and correctly. The same goes for your vacation. Here are a few good ideas for your pre-vacation planning.

  • Trip insurance is a good idea – you never know what’s going to pop up, and especially for those taking vacations under less than ideal financial circumstances, the insurance may save a complete washout.
  • Phone contact numbers – put all the necessary numbers (including yours on the trip and embassy numbers) on one page, and make photocopies. Keep copies with you at all times. Leave copies with relatives and neighbors so they can easily get in touch with you… and you can get in touch with them. If you are planning to travel outside your normal cell phone service area (as, for instance when my wife went on a mission trip to Uganda) make sure your arrange for temporary international service so you can easily keep in touch – though keep the higher calling rates in mind.
  • Tattoo your country’s embassy phone number on your wrist – Just foolin’ really, but if you are planning to travel outside your own country, make sure you know how to contact your embassy in case of any trouble. You’ll want to keep this information with you at all times (like all the other phone numbers)… just in case.
  • The hotel safe… is. Most newer hotel rooms these days come equipped with a safe where you can store your valuables. Use it!
  • Get all your necessary shots. Again, traveling outside your own country, take the necessary precaution of getting all necessary shots (again, for my wife’s mission trip to Uganda, she had quite a list of shots she needed). Once you have the shots, make copies of your vaccination list and keep them several places. You’ll need it if you take another trip outside the country, and if you get sick overseas, the local doctors should know what you have been vaccinated for.
  • Make sure you have enough of your prescription medications for your trip… plus a little extra. And, if your prescriptions are particularly critical, before you go, locate a possible place to renew at your local destinations – before you go.
  • Take photocopies of your passport and credit cards. Leave the copy with a trusted family member, and keep a copy with you… and one in that hotel safe. This way, if any of these are lost, you can easily call to arrange for credit cards to be stopped and to get a new passport.
  • Bring over-the-counter meds that can help with various internal distresses, headaches, etc.
  • Carry a small compact umbrella. Hey, you never know.

You can see where this is all going. By planning and being prepared, you will spend more of your vacation time enjoying yourself and less on dealing with problems if they arise. And, you know, one of the things that I have found is that the more prepared you are, the fewer problems arise.



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