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

Miami University 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.

USI Travel Insurance Select

 

Health precautions

  • 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. Read more about Jet Lag.
  • Vector-borne diseases are infections transmitted by insects that harbor parasites, viruses, or bacteria. Learn more in the Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Infectious Diseases
  • A blood clot in a vein deep in your arm or leg can cause pain, swelling, redness, or increased warmth in the affected limb can cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT clots can break off, travel to the lungs and cause PE. Learn more about deep vein thrombosis.
  • Centers for Disease Control traveler information

 

Safety measures

 

Money matters

  • 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.
  • Currency calculator
  • ATM locator (Mastercard)
  • ATM locator (Visa)
  • Conde Naste Traveler Tipping Guide
  • Euros

 

Air travel

 

Packing

 

Destination information

 

Stay in touch

 

Shopping and customs

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.

 


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