Ambassador’s Packing List and Tips

When packing, it never seems to fail that we forget to pack that one thing we were positive we would remember. We know that packing can be a nightmare. Let us help you with your travels by giving you tips and a basic packing checklist to help get you started!

Packing List

Tip 1: It’s important to pack a few days before your trip. That way, if you do forget something, you’ll give yourself time to put that item into your luggage later. This also allows you to have a great night’s rest before you set off on your trip, which you’ll thank yourself for later.

Tip 2: If there are people you consider as your emergency contacts, make sure you give them the information on where you’re staying (address, phone number, room number, etc.) and when you’ll be back. That way if anything ever happens, they’ll know where to reach you.

Tip 3: Plan out your first day of travel so you won’t have to spend your first day figuring out what you want to do. With things already planned out, you’ll have your destinations in hand and ready for adventure (or relaxation).

Tip 4: Check the weather before you leave so you can be prepared for the best (or worst) weather ever. You don’t want to forget a jacket, or an umbrella if the weather will be chilly or rainy.

Tip 5: Add important phone numbers into your phone (like your airline or hotel). If you ever have a flight problem or need to call your hotel, you’ll have it and won’t need to look for it later.

Tip 6: For those traveling overseas, DO NOT forget to make copies of your important documents. If you lose your passport, the embassy will be able to help you out.

Tip 7: Depending on the destination you are going to, you may have to get shots. Be sure to talk with your doctor, so you can be up to date with your immunizations.

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Spring Break Survival Guide

Photo credit: Wikicommons, submitted by: 1Veertje

Photo credit: Wikicommons, submitted by: 1Veertje

If you’re in school, you’re probably counting the days until your spring break. After studying hard all semester, you deserve to relax and have some fun in the sun. But before heading out on your vacation, whether it’s in or out of the country, it’s important that you stay safe. These are important tips everyone should take note of.

Travel insurance:
Many people assume they don’t need it, but travel insurance is a must have. Even if something bad doesn’t happen during your travels, it’s still better to purchase it.  Here are a few things travel insurance can cover: stolen or lost luggage/items, medical bills if you get injured or sick, emergency evacuations, and emergency cancellations.

Be watchful of your drinks:
As commonly said as this tip is, never leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from people you don’t know. Unattended drinks or drinks from strangers increase the risk of predators slipping drugs into your beverages. Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine are fast acting drugs that often have no taste or scent when mixed with drinks. By keeping an eye on your drinks, you can be saving your own life.

Keep a list of emergency contacts:
Many people think because they have their cell phone in hand, they don’t need to worry about keeping a list of phone numbers handy. Sure, cell phones have a built in phone book so we don’t have to memorize dozens of numbers. After all, this isn’t the 90s anymore. Ask yourself this, what happens if your phone gets stolen or breaks and end up in a situation where you need to call one of those numbers? Although you may never need to use it, if an emergency does happen, that list will be there. I’m sure it will keep your emergency contacts’ minds at ease as well!

Make copies of your passport and other important documents:
When traveling abroad everything can become rather hectic. Your surroundings are new and the excitement can be overwhelming. Depending on which area you travel to and where you keep your passport, it can be easy for pickpockets and thieves to snatch your passport. Our own human error can be the cause of us losing our passports whether it falls out of our bag or we mindlessly misplace it. Making copies of passports and other important documents makes it easy for you to get a replacement, and will put your mind at ease. It also doesn’t hurt to have it in a money belt where you can keep it in a safe place underneath your clothes.

Use the buddy system:
Spring break is known to get wild, which for some can be a fun time. It’s no secret that people can often times let their guard down. No matter where you are, especially at night, travel with a friend or a group of friends. The often used cliche saying “power in numbers” is a very strong truth. If you’re in a sketchy area, whether it’s a club, a party, or anywhere else you may find yourself, make sure you’re not wandering around alone.
Most importantly, have a super relaxing and fun spring break. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures to remember your exciting memories!