Your Ticket to Summer Travel Safety

You packed your clothes, bathing suit, camera, and shoes. If you’re traveling this summer, there are some other essentials you should bring along to help you stay healthy and safe. These include:

  • Extra copies of your passport and any travel documents if you’re traveling abroad. Put a copy in each piece of luggage in case your originals get lost. Leave a copy with a friend or family member at home, too.

  • Your health insurance card and a claim form. 

  • Prescription medications. Pack them in your carry-on so you’ll have them with you if your luggage gets lost. Bring along copies of all prescriptions. Carry more medication and supplies than you need in case of travel delays.

Also, be sure to take these steps to protect your identity while traveling:

  • Keep your credit cards on you at all times.

  • If you need to use an ATM, try to find one that’s inside.

  • Use a credit card with embedded chip technology. They’re more secure than those with a magnetic strip.

  • Turn Bluetooth on your devices off.

  • When using the internet, only use Wi-Fi networks that ask for a password. Hackers can access your information more easily through unsecured networks. 

Locate Medical Care

If you’re traveling outside of the U.S., find a list of doctors and hospitals in the country you’ll be visiting. Go to, find the country you’re going to, select U.S. Citizen Services and click on Medical Assistance.

Update Emergency Contacts

Before you go, check that all emergency contact information in your phone is up-to-date. It’s also a good idea to type the letters “ICE” before at least two of these names. This stands for “In Case of Emergency.” Medical providers know to look for it if something happens to you. This way, they can notify the person and get important medical information about you if you’re unable to respond.  

Taking these precautions may not be as fun as planning your itinerary, but doing so can help make sure your trip goes as smoothly and as safely as possible.

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