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Travelling abroad, a few things to remember –

  • Check if any inoculations are required for the
    country in question.  Do this as early as possible as some need to be carried out in
    stages with several weeks between each “jab”.
     

  • Check passports are in order and whether Visas are
    required – again this should be done as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
     

  • Book travel insurance as soon as details of the
    proposed holiday are known.  It pays to shop around as cover and prices vary greatly.
    Sometimes this is covered under household policies but cover is usually fairly limited.
    For complete peace of mind the following should be covered:-

Cancellation and illness
– insurance should
cover against cancellation through illness, death and some other unforeseen circumstances.
  Cover is not usually given for cancellation due to “change of mind”, nor
natural disasters such as earthquakes.  Check it covers against medical treatment
abroad in the case of accident or illness as this can be a very costly procedure.

Accidents – You will probably have to pay for
any medical treatment abroad and then claim for reimbursement upon your return.  
Check the insurance covers repatriation after an accident in a given time.

Theft or loss of possessions – work out how much
it would cost to replace your travel wardrobe, including suitcases, cameras, jewellery
etc. and ensure this amount will be covered by the insurance.

Holiday delays – some insurance companies cover
delays at airport etc. and also the cost of accommodation during the delay but you must
check.

Activities – some insurance companies do not
cover hazardous activities whilst on holiday which can include such things as jet-skiing,
deep sea fishing etc.  If there is any possibility of a member of your party getting
involved in such pursuits check your cover and, if necessary, pay extra for this benefit.

Claims – you will normally have to pay an excess
on any claim i.e. the first £20 or £30.  If you are anticipating making a claim on
your return ensure all receipts and supporting documentation are kept.  If you have
been the victim of theft it is usually a requirement of the insurance companies that this
must have been notified to the local police.  Get proof this has been done.

MOST IMPORTANTLY  ALWAYS READ THE SMALL PRINT FOR
EXCLUSIONS AND REQUIREMENTS.  THE CHEAPEST POLICY IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST VALUE.

  • If planning to fly with small children here are some tips
    you will find useful.


TIPS

  • To keep clothes smelling fresh when you
    travel, place a fabric softener sheet in the bottom of the garment bag.
     

  • Prepare early for the trip.  Check
    the luggage to make sure that it doesn’t have a musty smell.  If this happens,
    crumple a few sheets of newspaper and place them inside, close the luggage, and leave
      overnight.  This will help curb the smell.
     

  • If you must take prescription drugs, do
    not pack them in the luggage, keep them in the carry-on bag.  Make sure you keep your
    medication in the original container.  To protect the pharmacy label place a strip of
    clear adhesive tape over it.

Thanks to “Siren” for all
these tips.