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Travel Tips Be prepared before you go.

It is vital that you prepare for your trip to ensure you have a trouble-free travel experience.

Leave behind

  • A photocopy of your passport, travel visas, airline flight information, insurance documents and credit card numbers
  • A copy of your itinerary and contact phone numbers.
  • A copy of your Travellers Cheques' serial numbers if you have purchased them.
  • Expensive or expensive-looking jewellery
  • Anything unnecessary, such as your house or car keys.

Before you go

  • Sign each American Express Travellers Cheque in the top left hand corner to protect yourself in case of theft or loss (if you have purchased them).
  • Pack a copy of your Travellers Cheques serial numbers separately from the Travellers Cheques. Click here to see the list of locations that will encash your Travellers Cheques in all the countries you will be visiting.

Take with you

  • Only ATM / travel money / credit / debit cards you really need
  • An International Driver's Licence (even if you are not planning to drive)-it’s useful for identification.
  • An 'in case of emergency' card with your blood type, allergies and special medical conditions, along with names and numbers of your doctors and emergency contact numbers.
  • Travel insurance details and emergency contact details.
  • Copies of your passport, travel visas, tickets and travel documents (in addition to the copy left at home), carried separately to the originals.

At the airport

  • Never leave your luggage, briefcase or other items unattended.
  • Secure your checked-in luggage with a lock. TSA locks are required for all customers travelling to the USA.
  • When you put your bags down, place them between your feet or against your leg. Keep an eye on your bags at all times.
  • Watch your carry-on items closely when they go through security.
  • Count your luggage each time it is handled.

At your accommodation

  • Get a safety deposit box for all your valuables, including passport, airline flight information, cash and travel money / credit / debit cards.
  • Never leave valuables in your room unless they are safely secured.
  • Don't use the sign requesting that your room be cleaned. It identifies the room as empty.
  • Request cleaning services by phone, or in person.

On the street

  • Beware of anyone who bumps into you, spills something on you, asks for assistance or creates any other distraction that requires you to put your bag down or leave your valuables unattended.
  • Women should carry their handbags close to their body with the fastener facing towards them.
  • Men should carry their wallet in their front pocket.
  • Keep your Travellers Cheque transaction record updated and separate from the cheques themselves.
  • Carry a small amount of cash or coins in a pocket so you don’t have to use a debit/credit when making a small purchase.
  • If you use an ATM, don’t withdraw a large amount of cash at one time, and don’t let people see where you put it.
  • Travel with a detailed map, and carry your accommodation’s business card; it is useful for communication with local taxi drivers.