(WTVM) – For those looking to go out of the country on vacation many things run through the minds of those who plan the vacation.
Here are 10 things to know when traveling overseas:
- Do your research. Visit the State Department’s website to learn more about your planned destination spot and the safety there.
- Connect with the Embassy. Before heading to the airport, register for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. I a threat is eminent, the Embassy will alert you; they can also provide aid or help you get out of the area if needed.
- Watch the news. Keep an eye on current events happening around the area where you are planning on vacationing. Monitor local media or on social media sites.
- Prepare your children. Make sure you go over safety plans with your children. They need to know what to do in the event of an emergency.
- Test the children. Make sure your children know the general area. Older kids should be able to know how to get back to your room from wherever you are headed out.
- Keep your phones charged. You will need your phone in the event of an emergency. Also, make sure smaller children know your cell number and find help if needed.
- Think about what’s in your wallet. Make sure you have proper I.D. cards for your entire family, cash in local currency, and your hotel card.
- Selfie time. Take a picture of all your family before visiting a crowded location in case a family member gets lost; then you will be able to easily share this with police.
- It’s okay to think ahead. Talk to your children about your plans for the vacation and make sure everyone knows what will be done on vacation.
- Don’t forget the small stuff. Parenting time: always wear your seatbelts, pay attention to your surroundings, and don’t drink local water unless you are certain it’s safe.
ALSO, remember to have fun. After all, it is your vacation.