Travel tips for the novice or pro
The key to staying safe overseas is often in the preparation. Follow these safety tips to prepare ahead of your trip, and a happy trip should come naturally.
1. Check out Red24’s Ministry
Understand the local political and social situations and the requirements for visiting a country by registering your trip via www.red24.com/Chubbsa or +27  21 700 3820. They’ll send you all your travel advisory and visa requirements before you go.
2. Take out travel insurance
It can be tempting to save a few Rand by not taking out travel insurance, but if a problem arises while you’re away, the costs can be crippling. It’s hard to tell what’s good and what’s not, but it’s always best to read the small print to make sure you’re getting the right cover at the right price.
Chubb Travel Insurance offers single-trip and annual-multi-trip plans depending on your needs and budget, and includes cover for families. Baggage protection and journey cancellation are included on our Travel Superior and Plus plans and cover for emergency medical expenses is a standard across all of them. If you’re a frequent traveller, consider purchasing an annual-multi-trip travel plan for cost-effective and fuss-free travel.
3. Passport and important documents
Ensure that your passport is in good condition (e.g. lamination is intact, pages are not torn or missing) before departure. A passport that appears to have been tampered with could cause you a great deal of inconvenience (including refusal of entry) at a foreign airport.
Take all necessary precautions to safeguard your passport and other ID documents, travel tickets, money, travellers' cheques, credit cards and insurance documents. As a safety measure, avoid carrying these items together, as a loss or theft could leave you entirely without identification and funds. Leave copies of your documentation and itinerary with someone at home to be safe.
Get your foreign currency before you get to your destination, as this will often give you the most value for money. When you do exchange, try to take a mixture of currency and travellers’ cheques with you.
To keep your travel money safe, it’s worth carrying a waist bag or pouch underneath your clothes, but keep some money separate to avoid drawing attention to it. Many hotels also have a locked safe in which you can keep passports etc. If money and valuables are stolen, you will need to report it at the local police station. Chubb Assistance can guide you through this process.
Make sure you have sufficient funds to last you during your stay. Some countries require you to prove your financial means for supporting you and your family while visiting.
Carry your medication in your hand luggage as your check-in bags could be delayed or lost. And make sure you have sufficient medication to last for the duration of your trip.
Visit your doctor before you travel. If you’re going far, he / she can advise you on the vaccinations needed for your destination.
6. Luggage tags
Last, but not least, make sure you have durable, easily visible luggage tags on every item. And remember, if your luggage tags have your address on them, carry your house keys separately!
After all this preparation, one thing’s for certain: you’ll be able to relax and enjoy yourself. Have a good trip.