Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency: Register your travel plans with the State Department through a free online service at This will help them contact you if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.

Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa (if required) and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.

Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or travel agent (if your agent does not already have this information), so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Bring your Travelguard policy information: Should the unexpected of travel happen while you're away, being able to refer to your policy will help you maximize the benefits provided by your purchase of Travelguard.

When packing remember:

Don't forget the money: While ATMs normally give you the best conversion rate, traveler's cheques are easy to use, and credit cards are a staple of foreign travel, you might arrive after banking hours or during a holiday. Purchasing a small amount of local currency before you go and keeping it with you will allow you to pay tips or purchase a few necessities until you're able to convert more.

Reconfirm your flight: While schedules, gates, and flight numbers can change until departure, make sure you are carrying the most up to date itinerary. If you have questions about your schedule or any changes that have occurred, contact your agent for clarification.