The US State Department has recommended the following tips for safe travel.
Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a family member or friend who can act as liaison if you are in an emergency.
Leave a copy of your passport identification page, airline tickets, driver’s license and the credit cards you will take with you with a family member or friend who can be contacted if you are robbed.
Recognize that local laws and customs are different from those in the US and when you travel in another country, you are subject to the laws of that country, not your own. The US government cannot help you out of legal trouble when you break the laws of foreign countries.
Pay attention to media reports about the country you are visiting so you are aware of recent developments at your destination.
If you want to stay informed of US travel alerts and warnings, consider signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). You will receive notifications and you can designate an emergency contact in the US.
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and he believes travel insurance should be easier to understand. He started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.