Always take out Travel Insurance
well in advance of travelling. The policy will cover you for
any medical expenses that you incur should you be involved
in an accident or become ill and require hospitalisation.
Apart from medical expenses
the policy should also cover things like; legal expenses,
cancellation & curtailment, loss of money, baggage &
passport, repatriation and personal liability.
There is less oxygen absorbed into the blood
and circulated throughout the body during flight as compared
to ground level due to a decrease in oxygen with an increased
cabin altitude. As long as you are in reasonably good health,
your body has physiological mechanisms that compensate for
this decreased quantity of oxygen. On the other hand, passengers
with significant heart, lung, and blood diseases may not well
tolerate lower amounts of oxygen. Therefore, they should consult
their physician before air travel to evaluate their capability
to travel and to determine if there is a need for medical
oxygen or other special assistance. Medical oxygen can be
arranged with most airlines and it is important to check with
your carrier several days in advance of the flight. Furthermore,
the combination of low oxygen, alcohol, inactivity and sleep
can generate unpleasant side effects like dizziness and/or
fainting if one stands up too fast after awakening. Arm and
leg exercises before standing up will usually prevent this.
Leave copies of your important documents
such as: tickets, drivers license, passport, visas, medical
documents, prescriptions and so on with a friend just in case
you need a back-up sent to you in an emergency. Also, leave
a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so
that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Put identifying markings on the suitcases
you check through such as bold coloured tape in a recognisable
design. You could also put tape over the closure to prevent
tampering by baggage handlers. Don't put all your valuables
in luggage you check; e.g. jewelry, cameras, watches. Remove
old airline destination tags.
Make sure you have a signed, valid
passport (and any visas, if required). most countries
require you to have a full 10 year passport. Your passport
should be valid for at least six months after your expected
date of return to the UK and have at least two blank pages
to allow room for visa stamps. If not, get a new one.
Beware of well-dressed people
who happen to be around, happen to speak your language fluently
and happen to come up to you and start chatting. Gangs exist
that are fronted by some very credible people who win your
confidence and then take you to see their friend or a relative
where you can buy lots of different things at low, low prices.
Don't be tempted - you will get ripped off!
Do NOT accept drinks from anybody that you have just met,
especially if in dubious surroundings or do not know, they
could be laced with any type of concoction.
In most cases people only need advice,
but in cases of real difficulty such as death abroad, serious
accidents and illnesses, arrests and detentions, or those
at risk of physical harm, the Consul will take action.
Here you will know the kind of food you will be able to get
in Cuba(mainly the typical cuban cuisine). Also there are
tips of how to save money while eating good, including some
addresses and phones of several restaurants.
The Consul will do everything possible to
help British nationals who have been arrested or detained
overseas. The Consul cannot get you out of jail or give you
money. But the Consul will take action if your rights have
been denied or abused.
Passengers requiring prescription medications should always
carry them on board in their hand luggage. This is especially
important if you are taking medication for heart disease,
diabetes, or seizures. Jet lag is often associated with air
travel especially when crossing multiple time zones. The symptoms
of jet lag are multiple and vary with each individual, but
result mainly from the internal body clock being out of phase
with the daily schedule at the travel destination. Sleep is
also often disrupted, leading to additional fatigue. Adjusting
to jet lag is generally easier when travel is to the west,
but most travelers adjust to the new time after a few days.
Several tips may help diminish the effects.
> Rest well before the flight.
>Try to move 1-2 hours toward the destination
time before flight, if your schedule permits.
>Eat lightly before and during the flight.
>Once departed, reset watches and other
activities to the destination time.
>Drink water and fruit juices inflight
and minimize alcoholic beverages.
>Consider using caffeinated beverages
strategically during the day to mask fatigue but avoid use
within 4-6 hours of bedtime when the effect may make sleep
onset more difficult.
>Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
>Schedule outdoor activities on the first
few days at the new destination.
>After arrival, adjust to destination
time as soon as possible.
>Limit naps to a single nap of 30-40
minutes or less. Go to bed and awaken at the appropriate time
for the new time zone.
>Discuss with your physician if sleep
medication could be beneficial.
For travelers who SCUBA dive, it is advisable to wait 24
hours after the last dive before taking to the skies so as
to minimize the risk of developing decompression illness,
such as the bends
Passport & Visas
Check the passport and visa requirements
for the countries you are visiting / transiting in on
your planned journey - make sure you apply for them well
in advance of your date of travel.
Check the validity of your Passport and Visas.
Don't forget your passport and visa on the day of travel.
If you lose your passport or visa please contact the embassy
or consulate immediately in the country you are traveling
Put a luggage strap around your case for easy identification
and extra security
If you lose your passport or visa please
contact the embassy or consulate immediately in the country
you are traveling in.
Never carry packages on behalf of anyone else, however
genuine they seem to be.
Never leave luggage unattended at airports, this creates
a high security risk
Check the inoculation and health requirements
for all of the countries you are visiting on your journey.
Please be aware some vaccinations need to be administered
4-6 weeks before travel.
If you are carrying medicines or medications
with you please keep a note of your condition and the
medication you require somewhere handy e.g. a piece of
paper in side the cover of your passport, where it can
be easily found in an emergency.
Ensure you take extra supplies of medication in case you
get delayed abroad.
Check the ticket for Flight(s) details & accuracy
as soon as you recieve it.
Keep your tickets with your passport and visas and do
not forget them on the day you travel
Pack the night before you travel, to save rushing and
being late for your flight.
Check the weather forecast at your destination before
travel to avoid taking unnecessary luggage.
Roll clothes instead of folding them, it creates less
Pack travel sizes of all of the lotions and potions you
require to save space.
Check with the airline you are traveling with on the stipulated
Ensure that your hand baggage allowance
does not exceed the level enforced by the airline you
are traveling with. This ensures unnecessary embarrassment
at the check-in desk, having to move luggage from your
hand baggage to your suitcase.
Getting To & From The Airport
Check timetables for public transport in advance to ensure
you arrive at the airport in plenty of time
If taking your car pre-book parking wherever possible
or get someone to give you a lift in order to save time
Wherever possible use only metered taxis around the airport
Make sure you have enough foreign currency
for your immediate arrival into a foreign country, particularly
if your flight arrives at an odd hour.
Always make a list of the Credit /
Debit Card numbers and travelers cheques you are carrying
along with the suppliers contact numbers in case they
Give airlines plenty of notice for special meal requirements
or seating requests.
Try to leave plenty of time for checking
in at the airport.
Always reconfirm your flights before
setting out for the airport (do this about 24 hours before
time of travel)
Check Duty Free allowances carefully
particularly on EU destinations.
Try to book your flights outside of
peak hours, in order to avoid busy commuter routes and
congestion at the airport.
Do not drink too much before boarding
the aircraft, as alcohol and cabin pressure cause enhanced
dehydration. You are also unable to use the toilets until
the aircraft is airborne and at a safe altitude for the
seat belt sign to be taken off.
Check with the airline you are traveling
with, as to the availability of telephone and laptop power
points on board.
Leave contact details for yourself
either with someone at home or somebody in the office
in case they need to reach you in an emergency.
A phrase book is always handy - remember,
not everyone speaks English.
Try to drink plenty of water whilst on the aircraft as
this helps to counter dehydration.
Check in flight magazines, for gentle exercises to do
whilst on board to stop stiffness and tiredness of joints.
Cleanse and moisturize skin regularly whilst on board
again to counter dehydration.
Eat a light meal onboard as easier to digest, avoid excessive
carbohydrates and fats