- Allow three hours to check in and go through security.
- Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa (if required), and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
- Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page: Leave one copy with a friend or family member that can be reached as you travel, and the other copy with you, but separate from your passport. In the event you lose your passport, information will be readily available to obtain a replacement.
- Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
- Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws: While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. The State Department web site has useful safety and other information about the countries you plan to visit.
- Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime: To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates appears on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Also note that the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs may be reached for assistance with emergencies at 1-888-407-4747.
AS a result of recent fluid allowances, plan to purchase your bottled water after proceeding through security in any of the many shops.
- If you don’t plan to check on luggage, check-in online for your boarding pass, which will eliminate long lines at the check-in counters.
- Be ready – have your boarding pass and photo ID in hand as you approach security.
- Be prepared for security by being ready to voluntarily remove your shoes, as well as coins, belts and anything that may set off the alarm.
- Place an extra luggage tag or other ID on top of your clothing inside your luggage
- In the event the luggage tag on your bags goes missing.
- Purchase a TSA lock available at all stores so that you can lock your suitcase and if it happens that your suitcase is chosen for a "look-see," TSA will have a key and can open your suitcase.