The Ultimate Guide to Travel Tips and Safety
Traveling by Train
When traveling by train, you should be well prepared in advance. Keep in mind that train trips are much longer than traveling by airplane and in most cases they are longer than if you were driving to your destination yourself. Find out how much tickets are in advance to your particular destination, and be sure that there is a rail line station somewhere near you. Major cities typically have railroad stations, as well as many larger suburban areas. Pack valuables with your carry-on including your ID, credit cards, and cash. Dress comfortably since you will be sitting for long periods of time. Be sure to bring medication and necessities in your carry-on for both children and the elderly. Keep kids entertained with games, coloring books, and other activities. Some people may experience motion sickness, so take an anti-motion sickness medication in advance if need be. Stay together if traveling as a group, and always keep your valuables with you to avoid possible theft.
- US Train Travel – This page shows some of the major routes within the United States, as well as some quick train travel tips.
- Tips – A very helpful article that explains important tips for train travelers.
- Tips on Train Travel – Some simple tips for people who are new to traveling by train.
- Train Travel Checklist – Amtrak provides a helpful list of things to remember to bring and do before and during your trip.
- See America – This site explains some of the fun ways kids and their families can see the country by train.
Traveling by Ship
If you choose to travel by cruise ship, get ready for a wonderful experience. There are some things travelers should know in advance before cruising. Seasickness is very common, and many cruise lines will provide passengers with medication in advance of the cruise. Be sure to dress casually and bring a bathing suit or two. Some cruises require passengers to dress up at least one evening for a formal event, so check with your cruise line. All personal items should be packed in the on board luggage in case it gets lost. Wear comfortable yet safe shoes when on the boat to avoid falling near wet surfaces. Always follow cruise line safety protocol, and be especially vigilant in keeping an eye on your elderly or under age travel companions. Wear sunscreen often to avoid sunburn.
- Cruise Etiquette Tips – A helpful article that contains several tips to help passengers stay polite and practice good etiquette on a cruise.
- For First Timers – Ten tips for those first time cruisers.
- Safety Tips – Some very important tips to help passengers stay safe on their cruise.
- Cruise Packing Advice – A very thorough run down of items for passengers to bring, and what they should avoid packing on a cruise.
- Keeping Kids Safe – Some advice on keeping your kids safe while on a cruise ship.
Traveling by Airplane
Air travel has become one of the most common forms of travel across the globe. Be sure to arrive at the airport well in advance so you can go through the security screening process. Find out what types of baggage charges your airline will be assessing you before you check in luggage so you don’t encounter any surprises. Pack ID, passport, and other valuables in your carry on. This includes prescription medications, cell phones, cameras, video cameras, and laptops. Avoid bringing items on the airplane that can cause a problem such as tweezers, razors, knives, or firearms. Children need to be chaperoned on the plane at all times. Be aware of other passengers, and always follow airline safety guides. Avoid problems by getting to the airport early, knowing what to bring, and having your ticket ready for check in.
- Airline Safety Tips – Ten very important tips for airline passengers to help them stay safe.
- Flight Delay Information – Use this map from the FAA to determine if your flight will be delayed.
- Tips for Travelers – Some important safety travel tips for airline passengers.
- Prohibited Items – An in-depth list of items that are not allowed to be brought onto airplanes.
- Flying with Elderly – Some advice for people traveling with elderly passengers.
Traveling abroad can be an amazing and unforgettable experience. If you're planning a trip overseas, keep in mind the different requirements that may be in place than if you were traveling within the US. Check to see if you will need certain vaccinations, and be sure to have your passport all ready to go before your trip. Learn about the culture of the country you are visiting and understand common rules of etiquette, eating, and other behaviors. Avoid areas where you are unfamiliar, and always travel with a companion or group. Be sure to understand the weather where you're heading, as well as the current currency exchange rates so you will be financially prepared. Understanding the country you are visiting ahead of time is the best way to ensure you have a fulfilling and safe trip. Be sure you know local laws as well, and always have the local emergency contact information handy. Keep belongings close to your side, and be aware of potential pickpocketers.
- Tips for Traveling Abroad – Some important tips for traveling abroad from the US State Department.
- Customs – Very important information about customs and what you should know before your trip.
- Checklist- Use this helpful checklist before you plan your international trip.
- More Tips – This page contains tips from traveling by rail, to renting cars and dealing with culture shock.
- Packing – Helpful information about what to pack for your trip abroad.
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