Vacation-mode already? Here are 10 tips for a safe travel
The much-anticipated weekend is finally here. With Eid Al Fitr beginning on a Monday or Tuesday, many residents will be taking the entire week off for a vacation abroad.
If you are planning one yourself, amidst all that ‘travel’ excitement, make sure to make safety your priority. Here are some tips that Minsitry of Interior (MoI) has issued for a hassle-free vacation.
- Documents: Get the necessary paperwork done in advance. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months at least from the date of departure. And make sure you have a valid visa to the country of destination, if required.
- Validity: Always check the validity of official documents such as passport, visa, ID card, driving license and credit cards.
- Emergency: Note the address and telephone numbers of the Embassies and Consulates of your country in the countries where you plan to travel. They can assist you in cases of emergency.
- International Driver’s License: If you plan to rent a car, and drive around in your country of travel, it’s advisable to apply for an international driver’s license. Certain countries don’t entitle foreigners to drive unless they have a license issued by the given country, or an international one.
- Valuables: Avoid carrying a lot of jewellery or valuables, as it may be a call for trouble. Keep your valuables, cash and important documents with you all the time.
- Home: Before leaving home, make sure all doors and windows are locked. Also, remember to switch off the electric boards, gas pipelines and main water valve to avoid hazards.
- By road: If you are planning a road trip, conduct a proper technical test of your vehicle before commencing on your journey. Check the validity and safety standards of your vehicle’s tyres.
- Seat-belts: Make sure you and your family wear seat-belts all the time, when travelling in a vehicle. Children need to be only in the backseat.
- First aid: Carry essential first aid supplements with you all the time.
- Keep a spare: It’s good to carry spare copies of your official documents in case anything goes missing. Also, get a spare key of your vehicle. For your home, keep a spare key with a neighbour.
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