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Health and Safety Tips while Traveling in Europe.
Helpful Travel Tips

While traveling anywhere in the world, remember anything can happen. By taking some proper steps, you can be prepared as best as possible for the unexpected. Remember, you're on vacation, you need to enjoy yourself, but you also need to remember some helpful tips in order to stay safe and healthy.

Helpful Saftey Tips ::

Safety is a major concern to many travelers. Europe is like any place in the world, if you don’t know where you are or your surroundings, you are more susceptible to crime or other misfortunes. Keep your wits about you and remember these helpful tips in staying safe.

  1. Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visas, if required. Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport!
  2. Read the Consular Information Sheets for the countries you plan to visit.
  3. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.
  4. Make 2 copies of your passport. This will make it easier to replace if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.
  5. Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
  6. Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas. Do not accept packages from strangers.
  7. Prior to your departure, you should register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website. Registration will make your presence and whereabouts known in case it is necessary to contact you in an emergency.
  8. To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.
  9. In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques.
  10. Always remember, If you get into trouble in another country, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy. Know the countries in which you will be traveling so you can reach the nearest U.S. embassy wherever you go.

Basic Health Information ::

When traveling in Europe, accidents or health issues may arise and you may need a doctor. Where do you go? Will they speak your language?

If you become seriously ill or in an accident the U.S. consular can assist in finding the proper medical assistance and also help contact your family and friends. A consular will also help transfer funds from the United States to pay for medical treatment.

Medical payment (even if you are in a country that has free medical) is solely responsible on the patient. Your health insurance card, along with ID, is a must in these situations to ensure service. Even an insurance claim form might be the best solution. Most health insurance policies cover international claims if they are deemed “customary and reasonable” medical costs. You should call ahead to check what your insurance covers before you go.

Another option is travel insurance. This is a very affordable option especially if your insurance company doesn’t cover international claims or their deductibles are too high. Travel insurance can be very cost effective and protect you from any expensive accidents that might happen.

A traveler that is going abroad with any preexisting major medical conditions should have a letter from his attending physician stating what the medical condition is and any prescription medications with dosage amounts. This is to ensure that if medication was lost or stolen, you could go to a doctor and refill the prescription. Or in a catastrophic case you could go to the doctor and he would know your health ailment as well as medications.

Another important step that gets overlooked so many times is the information page in your passport. That should be filled out with personal and emergency information so you can be identified if necessary.

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