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We’ve compiled a checklist and also created some helpful safety and security tips for you while travelling to the USA.
Under the GSM standard for mobile phones the universal emergency number which can be dialed anywhere where you have cell reception is 112. This number can be dialed with or without a sim or airtime.
Alternately for emergencies you can dial:
Another option is save an ICE (in case of emergency) contact in your phone, ideally next of kin or your doctor. From the lock screen of Android and Apple phones a person (paramedic / first responder on the scene) can call this emergency number without having to know your passcode.
Always leave some of your cards in the hotel safe in case you loose your wallet. Note that you may need to notify your bank in advance you will be traveling abroad.
Make a copies of your passport and visa, then keep a paper copy at the hotel and a copy on your phone or stored in the cloud in Dropbox or any alternative. Ideally when out and about it is always good to travel with some alternate form of identification (drivers license) and leave your passport in the hotel safe.
Most hotels have business cards which you can take with you so you can find your way back to the hotel or in case of an emergency. And in foreign language cities the address its great to be able to hand the card to your cab driver so they know where to take you.
Leave a home address card in you luggage in case the baggage tags are destroyed in transit.
Many bags look identical on the airport carousel. Make you bag look unique by tying a coloured ribbon or coloured tape to your handle
Prepack you bags and create a checklist for last minute items (medications). If you pack 48hrs in advance, you give yourself time to remember what you forgot.
Create a separate carry-on checklist… headphones, sweater, eye mask, book, empty water bottle (fill it up once though security), cable ties, safety pins, medicines, pen for immigration forms.
Emergency snack and water (bring empty bottle to the airport that you can fill later) in case flight delays once you are on the plane.
We recommend trying the following apps before you travel: