Spring Break Special: Travel Safety

Posted on March 1, 2011


Before traveling, it is always important to plan ahead. Forgetting an important document, leaving contacts behind, or not keeping up with your research can all turn a week of sun and sand into a week of chaos and confusion.


Here are some tips on getting there (and back) safely:


    Do as much research as you can on the places you are visiting. Ask yourself these questions: What are the laws and customs? What is the state wide emergency number? What is the closest American embassy or consulate? Will my cell phone work here? Also, get to know the hotel once you get there. Make sure to look for exit signs and evacuation routes. These questions are only meant to get you started, the more you know the better prepared you will be.

  • SIGN UP FOR THE STEP program:
    The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

    The U.S Department of State offers a detailed prep list and packing list for students going abroad. Take a look at both to make sure you have all the necessary documents needed to travel.

  • CHECK OUT THE Student Abroad Website:
    Here you will find everything from health tips, smart travel, and travel docs information. It is a great resource to keep informed of travel alerts and as well as emergency contacts.


Spring break is meant to be a week of relaxation and fun. However, you must always expect the unexpected. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to navigate through problems that might pop up. So take a couple of days to look over these documents before you travel; it may save you time while you’re abroad.

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