Make sure you have a signed, valid passport
(and visas, if required). Also, before you go,
fill in the emergency information page of your
2. Read the Consular Information
Sheets (and Public Announcements or Travel Warnings,
if applicable) for the countries you plan to
3. Familiarize yourself with
local laws and customs of the countries to which
you are traveling. Remember, the U.S. Constitution
does not follow you! While in a foreign country,
you are subject to its laws.
4. Make 2 copies of your passport
identification page. This will facilitate replacement
if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one
copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry
the other with you in a separate place from
5. Leave a copy of your itinerary
with family or friends at home so that you can
be contacted in case of an emergency.
6. Do not leave your luggage
unattended in public areas. Do not accept packages
7. If you plan to stay abroad
for more than two weeks, upon arrival you should
notify by phone or register in person with the
U.S. embassy in the country you are visiting.
This will facilitate communication in case someone
contacts the embassy looking for you.
8. To avoid being a target
of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing
and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive
amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.
9. In order to avoid violating
local laws, deal only with authorized agents
when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques.
10. If you get into trouble,
contact the nearest U.S. or appropriate embassy.