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Top 10 Tips For a Safe Trip

According to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office ten Brits are hospitalised abroad every day.  Follow the tips below to avoid your dream holiday turning into a nightmare. 1, Leave a copy of your itinerary with friends or family It's a good idea to make a note of where you will be on each day of your holiday and leave this with someone back home. Include phone numbers and addresses of accommodation in case you aren't contactable by mobile phone. Did you know: after an earthquake mobile phone networks may not be functioning. If you are travelling to an earthquake prone area keep some coins handy to call your embassy from a public phone box. 2, Photocopy your passport and credit cards Lacking documentation to prove your identity to your embassy could mean hours if not days of problems. We don't often take a note of help numbers for our credit and debit cards, take a photocopy of your card and all the information is there just in case you need it. 3, Bring a basic first aid kit and any prescription medication Play it safe and bring your own first aid kit and medication, you might be surprised by the difference in strength and ingredients even in basic over the counter medication in other countries.. 4, Keep your travel documents and money safe Don't make things easy for thieves, keep passports, cards, tickets and cash out of sight. Keep only a small amount of local currency in your wallet or purse to avoid showing large amounts of cash when paying for items. 5, Arrange appropriate holiday insurance Travel insurance is your safety net. Before you leave, go online and look for multiple trip or single trip holiday insurance quotes. 6, Check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website The Foreign & Commonwealth Office website offers country specific travel advice for Britons travelling abroad. 7, Learn the number for emergency services at your destination We all know 911 is the number for the emergency services in the USA but what about other countries? 8, Check local news and weather forecasts Use the internet to find out in advance about any heavy weather - political or otherwise that might be heading towards your destination. 9, Make sure you have maps that show police stations and hospitals It's good idea to carry travel maps with you that show the locations of emergency services, as in a national emergency the internet may not be available. 10, Learn some basic phrases asking for help and assistance Don't rely on locals understanding English in an emergency. Learn a few words and phrases such as, 'help', 'leave me alone', 'call the police' and 'go away'. Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a range of subjects. This article was written on behalf of Boots Insurance.

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