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What to do before you leave.


Virtuoso travel advisors offer ten expert tips on what to do before you leave. 
  • Contact your physician - or better yet, a travel medicine specialist - as soon as you confirm your trip. 
  • Make sure that all travelers' passports are valid for at least six months after your return date. Expediting services can provide rush (and hassle-free) renewals. 
  • Set travel alerts for credit and debit cards at least three days in advance of departure, and research which have the lowest international transaction fees. 
  • Double-check that you have all flight, hotel, and tour confirmation numbers.
  • Be aware of luggage restrictions - international airline allowances vary, and some trips, such as safaris, have strict weight limits. 
  • Pack electrical adapters and know your electronics' voltage requirements. 
  • Scan or make copies of passports, and leave one with your travel advisor. 
  • Remove photos from your phone and digital cameras to free up memory space. 
  • Save contact info for your travel advisor, travel insurance provider, and tour companies in your phone. 
  • Secure your home: Put lights on timers, stop mail and newspaper deliveries, and ask a neighbor to check on it while you're gone. 
Originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of Virtuoso Life
Browse more "How to Travel Better" tips from the September issue.