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Stag & Hen travel advice

We’ve partnered up with the Foreign Office on their Know Before You Go campaign (KBYG) to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe whilst you’re there.

Below you can find a travel checklist with handy tips and advice which you can print and take with you. If however you’d like more information regarding staying safe then you can check their website.

Before you go:

  • Find out where the nearest embassy will be – check their website to find out what services they offer and their opening times
  • Don’t travel without insurance – make sure it covers you for any activities you are likely to undertake such as extreme or water sports
  • Travelling within the European Economic Area? Then get a free European Health Insurance Card for free or reduced emergency care - you still need full travel insurance though! Also remember, you can call 112 to contact the emergency services in any EU country.
  • Check with your doctor as soon as possible to find out if you need any vaccinations before you travel
  • Make sure you’ve got correct visas for the country you are visiting and that your passport is valid.
  • For certain countries your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel – check the entry requirements before you go
  • Make a note of the passport number and consider taking a photocopy with you and/or store online using a secure data storage site
  • Tell family and friends where you are going and leave them your contact details, insurance policy details and your itinerary and/or store them online using a secure date storage
  • Make sure you have enough money to cover emergencies
  • Find out if travellers cheques are appropriate for your destination and keep a separate record of their numbers
  • Driving abroad? Make sure your licence is current and valid. Make sure you are aware of the driving laws in the country you are visiting
  • Check HM Revenue & Customs Travel website for information on duty-free allowances, banned goods etc.

When you are away:

  • Think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts - don’t take risks that you wouldn’t at home!
  • Don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks
  • Find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws - there may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home
  • Be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. Such activities may be misunderstood, especially near military installations
  • Consider taking your mobile with you or renting one whilst you’re away. Store useful numbers such as the local police and the nearest Embassy or Consulate
  • Check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad
  • Check whether it’s safe to drink local tap water - if not, stick to bottled water and avoid salads, non-peeling fruit and ice in drinks
  • Use your judgement when buying and eating food you’ve not prepared yourself
  • Respect the environment – don’t buy wildlife souvenirs, conserve resources like water and don’t drop litter
  • Check import regulations for food and plants before you attempt to bring them back to the UK


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