Travel Tips and Resources

PASSPORT
Travel on international tours requires a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return to the U.S.

Passport application information

Make two copies of your passport identification page to make replacement easier if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives, and carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

VISAS
If a visa is required for your trip, specific details will be provided by your tour operator.


TRAVEL INSURANCE
USI Travel Insurance Select

Since 1989 the Ohio State Alumni Association has selected Travel Insurance Services to provide travel insurance to alumni and friends. Insurance is offered not only in conjunction with our travel program, but also for your personal trips. To be sure you are properly insured for your next trip, consider Travel Insurance Select(TM). This package plan for domestic or international travel includes trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, emergency medical evacuation, accidental death, and baggage coverage, and emergency assistance.


HEALTH PRECAUTIONS
Traveler's tips for avoiding infectious diseases
Food safety
Centers for Disease Control traveler information

Jet Lag
Deep Vein Thrombosis

If you take prescription medication, have your prescription refilled and take an extra supply in the original containers with you.

Carry all vital medicines in your carry-on luggage.

If you need to carry drugs or hypodermic needles through customs, ask your doctor to write a letter explaining your condition.

Carry a list of blood type, allergies, or any special medical conditions. Medical alert bracelets are a good idea.

Check with your medical insurance carrier about coverage away from your home and work. Be familiar with coverage protection for out-of-country travel.

To help combat jet lag, drink lots of water and juice during your flight. Some authorities recommend drinking a cup for every hour of the flight.

SAFETY MEASURES
State Department's Consular Information Sheets
Tips for a safe trip
Register your travels with the State Department
State Department's tips for travelers
Losing it All and Bouncing Back - Rick Steves

Be aware of your surroundings.

Keep your purse in view or in hand when at a restaurant or using a phone.

Be alert to scams involving an unknown person spilling a drink or food on your clothes. An accomplice may be preparing to steal your wallet or purse.

 

MONEY MATTERS 
Currency calculator
ATM locator (Mastercard)
ATM locator (Visa)
Conde Naste Traveler Tipping Guide
Euros

Take only the credit cards and personal identification you'll need.

Call your credit card company before you leave home and ask that a travel advisory be put on your account.

Make a copy of your credit card and travelers check numbers and the telephone numbers needed to report a theft. Keep the copy in a location separate from the documents.

To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothes and expensive jewelry, and don't carry excessive amounts of cash.

Beware of hidden card fees. Using your credit card while traveling overseas may get you the best exchange rate. But watch which credit card you use while traveling. Some credit cards charge unaware travelers up to 7 percent for transactions overseas.

 

AIR TRAVEL
TSA's Travel Assistant
3-1-1 the rules for liquids in your carry-on
Worldwide airport codes
AIrport guides and travel tips

Don't leave your luggage unattended and don't accept packages from strangers. While waiting for customs or security screenings, don't exchange items between bags.

Be alert at security checkpoints. Don't place your belongings on the conveyor until you can keep an eye on items being screened.

At many international airports, security and customer service staff will ask you questions about your luggage. Know what you are carrying and be able to describe any electronics.


PACKING
Travel light
21 packing tips from Travellers Point
Pack like a Pro - Frommer's
Lost bags - Frommer's

Make sure your luggage is tagged properly so it will reach its final destination.

Luggage tags can fall off. Put a copy of your home address and travel information inside your bag.

Locks on luggage aren't secure, so don't pack valuables in your checked luggage. Consider using a strip of nylon filament tape around your suitcase in case the lock breaks.

 

DESTINATION INFORMATION
Worldwide climate guides
World clock 
Voltage guide 
E-Diplomat Travel Ettiquette 
Frommer's
Lonely Planet
National Geographic Traveler


STAY IN TOUCH
Mobile phone options
International calling codes

 

SHOPPING AND CUSTOMS
Shop the world 
Value Added Tax - Rick Steves
3-1-1 and Duty Free Shopping
US Customs and Border Patrol

If you are flying to the US and have a connecting flight in the US, oversized duty-free liquids will NOT be permitted through US security checkpoints, even if they are in a tamper-evident bag. The United States still abides solely by the 3-1-1 policy in regards to liquids and does not accept any liquids at the checkpoint unless they are three ounces or less and can fit in one quart-sized zip top bag.

 

For more information on Ohio State Alumni Tours call 800-852-8687 or e-mail tour@ohiostatealumni.org.