- Your passport is valid for more than 6 months beyond your expected return date, especially when travelling in Europe (especially in the 26 Schengen countries).
- The names on all bookings match passport names of all travellers.
- You have checked that your visa and passport type are appropriate for the destination. You may need to check with that country.
- Keep a copy of your travel insurance policy. Your policy must cover accidents, medical evacuation and personal items carried. You must not leave Australia without an adequate insurance cover.
- Credit cards are current, accessible and have adequate funds available. Carrying more than one credit card may be very helpful. Access to ATMs is often very limited in foreign countries.
- You have sufficient medications to cover your trip; otherwise carry a list of medications from your doctor. Carrying prescriptions may be helpful but does not guarantee a supply at your destination. Carry a spare of any prescription glasses or magnifiers. Items needed for the protection of your health (mosquito nets, clean water items, repellents, etc) must be packed, if indicated.
- Clothing items are appropriate to your destination and season.
- You have registered with smartraveller.gov.au
- If you plan to drive, you must have an international driver’s license. Motor vehicle insurance is mandatory and must be verified at the office of the hire car company.
- At all times, travellers should carry details of current accommodation and contact details.
INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED TO NEXT OF KIN
- All contact details – telephone, email and appropriate addresses.
- Your itinerary and schedule. All flight details. Double check dates and times. (photocopy)
- Provide a copy of your travel insurance policy, passport details and credit card
- A synopsis of your relevant medical history and currently prescribed medications, where appropriate.
NOTIFICATIONS BEFORE LEAVING HOME
- Inform local police if your home will be unoccupied. Forms available from GoodTrips.
- Arrange for ‘International Roaming’ on your mobile phone and provide details to family.
- Advise your bank of travel plans and ensure overseas locks are removed.
JOBS TO DO BEFORE LEAVING HOME
- Arrange for mail to be collected and pets to be boarded out.
- Stop newspaper
- Turn off mains water
- Ensure all electrical items, except for refrigerators and security lights, are switched off.
- Check above items.
- Check that adequate insurance and evacuation costs are covered by the school or organising body. If not, students must purchase appropriate insurance as individuals.
- Check with your GP if uncertain of your fitness to travel. Make sure all vaccination requirements are met.
- Known food allergies must be notified to teachers/tour organisers before travelling. Epipens and diabetes medications must be managed by individual students. Students and parents must ensure that any medications managed by teachers are appropriate for individual students are accessible. Teachers must be competent in the dispensing of any medication.
- Do not leave your tour group unless authorised or accompanied by an adult.