If your email subscriptions are like mine, you probably are receiving a lot of airline promos, too. I have always wanted to explore the famous beaches of Southeast Asia. For now, I would need to plan it well so I can get the best out of my trip.
As with anything, health and safety are priorities and should not be compromised nor be put in the least of things to check.
Let me share with you a checklist that I develop for safe travel overseas. Note that this is not final yet and still a work in progress. Here my checklist:
- Regular checkup with my doctor – yep, even for healthy persons, making sure that you are in top shape is a must. You don’t want to be in a foreign country to discover you have diabetes, don’t you.
- Exercise at least once a week – try to make this routine. Exercise will make you healthier. If you plan to do strenuous activities overseas, like mountain climbing, white water rafting, etc, you might want to increase your exercise routine to 3 times a week, three to four months before your trip. Exercise will condition your muscles for more work.
- Prepare your travel itinerary and research information about the location – make sure you list down all possible entry and exit points of your overseas destination. Be prepared to use all available modes of transport, in case of emergency. Know where the nearest hospital or clinic. And if you have a long-term illness like diabetes, check if the hospital has the capability for emergencies.
- Check available travel insurance. Singapore, London, and other major cities around the world have expensive emergency facilities like hospital and accommodations. Having travel insurance covers you for any unforeseen emergencies like delayed flights and emergency hospitalization.
- Know your allergies – this is one of the things why you need to visit your doctor. If you have known allergies, ask for a prescription and keep your medication fresh or make sure don’t have expired medicines. Check local cuisines and local condiments that can be incorporated into your food, know if you are allergic to any of the ingredients and make sure you avoid these foods.
- Know historical weather condition – if you’re going to go somewhere you haven’t been to, check their historical weather condition and plan a trip on the most excellent schedule where there are no storms or other inclement weather.
- Prepare things to bring – if you plan to go diving and like to take pictures underwater, make sure you have a waterproof transparent camera case or a waterproof underwater camera. If you are traveling to a tropical location, make sure you bring light clothes and shorts. If you are going to Canada in December, make sure you bring a winter coat. Itemise the things you will need and align these with the activities you plan to do.
- Know your local embassy hotline – keep this information with you at all times when traveling Also remind yourself to check in with your local embassy as soon as you arrive at your destination, this is to monitor your safety better when traveling.
Here are my safety checklist for now. I know as I travel more and get more experiences, this list is going to get longer. Hope this will help people who will be traveling overseas, and if you do have something to add, please let me know.