Travel Safety Packing Checklist From On Call’s Global Security Team

Check out this useful travel safety packing list from On Call Global Security Specialist Johanna Hartnett to learn what to physically and mindfully pack for safer and smoother travels abroad:

To Physically Pack:

  • Passport & Copy of Passport – in the event the original is lost or stolen

  • Medications – in original containers to avoid issues at customs Prescriptions and/or doctor’s note(s)

  • Culturally-appropriate attire – to reflect general attitudes/beliefs of the society

  • Weather-appropriate attire – i.e., winter/rain jackets, sunhat, long pants to ward off mosquitoes etc.

  • Maps – download routes/locations ahead of time in the event no Internet is available

  • Address of accommodation – saved in an accessible spot if no Internet is available

To Mindfully Pack:

  • Cultural & Local Knowledge

    • Local laws (LGBTQ+ attitudes & laws, drinking age, )

    • Important religious celebrations & upcoming events

    • Local cuisine, especially if you have dietary restrictions

    • Current levels of Unrest, demonstrations, and protests

  • Local Language – Basic Knowledge to Aid in Navigation

    • “Where is the….” ‘Bathroom, hospital, police station’

    • “May I have” “Please” “Thank you”

    • “I need help”

  • Situational Awareness – noted risks of all cities on itinerary/advised ‘no-go areas’

  • Financial Resources – currency, exchange rate, availability/locations of safe ATMS (hotels, banks etc.)

  • An Arrival Plan:

    • How will you be getting from the airport/station to your accommodation?

    • Sunrise and sunset times – the crime rate in many areas increases after dark, so knowing the sunrise and sunset times is an easy way to avoid undesirable places


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