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3 Things That Can Land You in Hot Water While Traveling

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Traveling can be a stressful event if you aren’t prepared for some of the unfortunate accidents that can happen while you’re abroad. Keeping track of your things plus the differences in local rules and expectations of your destination is as important as they are challenging. Here are some tips on things that will help your trip go smoothly, even if those unfortunate accidents happen.

Losing ID Documents

Passports, VISAs, and driver’s licenses are essential for points of verification in travel and lodging. If you show up at any checkpoint—specifically at airports or ports of entry—you can be detained by authorities, fined, placed in a detention center or prison, and then deported back to your country of origin. To prevent this, according to Healthy Travel, you should contact your embassy as soon as possible regarding your lost or stolen documents and they will help you procure a replacement passport for your trip home. Also bring some sort of backup identification, like a state-issued ID,  to provide the embassy with verification as well.

Breaking the Law

According to Rogers Beltran, if you get arrested for a DUI, you should call a lawyer as soon as you are able. International convictions are serious issues that need to be taken care of quickly. Just like attempting to enter a country without the required documents, DUIs may land you in prisons where you have difficulty communicating with anyone. Do your best to read up on customs, cultural expectations, and laws of your destination if it is to a foreign country, but also remember that you may just have to plead ignorance if you get in trouble for things you don’t understand.

Be Prepped for Emergencies

Another thing that can put you in a dangerous situation is any kind of medical emergency. Foreign countries will have very different processes for medical care and may not have the familiar medications that you need. According to HI Travel Tales, not only should you make medical preparations a priority, but make sure you look into the resources you will have access to and know how to access those resources. If you do not have some already, print some sort of medical instructions for if you are to have an emergency in a public place and keep them easily found in a bag or wallet, so that people can quickly identify the problem and instruct medical professionals accordingly.

When traveling, it’s important to keep yourself safe in case of political, civil, and medical emergencies. Following these tips will help you feel more confident in your travel plans and let you enjoy the time away like you should.

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