Travel Stage, Including Pre-Return

Communications

  • On arrival at your destination, remember to report in to your main University contact
  • Remember to check in with your main University contact at the agreed frequency, including when landing at each new destination and on return to UK to let them know you are safe
  • Make sure your phone is fully-charged when out with the hotel (Travel with an adaptor to ensure you have access to a power supply)

Local Travel

  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return (either by email or perhaps at the hotel reception desk)
  • If possible book taxis through the hotel, the driver’s name and approximate fare should be verified beforehand
  • Make sure you know the address and phone number of where you are staying and how to get back. Collect a hotel business card to show to taxi drivers should language prove an issue
  • Confirm weather conditions are suitable to travel in
  • Check flight status with airline (online) if multi-city trip and/ or where subscribed, check the flight tracker
  • Keep a copy of the luggage sticker provided at check-in - many countries will ask to review this sticker and match with your bag when leaving the airport

Personal Health

  • Wherever you travel overseas be careful of what you eat and drink, food and water may be contaminated in a variety of ways
  • Carry emergency numbers with you at all times

 

Security

  • Ensure you have some local currency available for use  and consider carrying ‘universal’ currency such as US dollars up to the value of approximately £50 for emergencies
  • Re-check FCO website every day whilst overseas
  • Check Control Risks website every day whilst overseas
  • Keep your passport in the hotel safe and carry a photocopy with you at all times

Note: some countries require you to carry a valid form of ID with you at all times

  • Check your nearest fire escape route when you first check into a new hotel and familiarise yourself with the hotel security arrangements
  • Keep all receipts, including exchange receipts as you may have to prove you obtained your local currency legally
  • Respect local customs and dress codes, particularly if visiting religious sites, markets and rural communities
  • Be aware of local scams
  • Make sure you have identification on your person, contact numbers for someone to call in an emergency nd a fully-charged phone