There are an endless number of things to consider and situations to prepare for when planning for international travel, and although it’s nearly impossible to plan for all of them, a constant focus on safety should remain at the top of your list. Many times, the things buried behind the common recommendations of avoiding poorly lit areas at night, staying away from sketchy parts of town, traveling with a companion whenever possible, and keeping a low profile are the travel safety tips that could most easily make the difference between an exciting vacation and an absolute nightmare.
Planning for unsavory or unpleasant situations can put a bit of a cloud over your travel plans, but here are 10 travel tips you simply can’t afford to ignore.
1. Get Vaccinated.
You will not be able to enter Ghana without the Yellow Fever Vaccination. Ghana’s tropical climate brings with it many diseases not found in the United States. Be sure to consult with your Passport Travel Medicine Specialist to learn which vaccines are necessary. Beginning your vaccination regimen 4-6 weeks prior to your departure is essential to protect yourself.
2. Get Travel Insurance.
Buying travel insurance will protect you in the event of an emergency in Ghana. This is especially important due to the limited access to reliable healthcare within the country. Regardless of the length of your stay, purchasing travel insurance will limit your vulnerability in an emergency situation.
3. Be Aware of Scams.
While there are many welcoming and friendly people in Ghana, knowing who is genuine and who is not is important to protecting your safety and your wallet. If a deal appears too good to be true, it likely is. Be sure to set your tours up with reputable companies and tour operators before giving any money away.
4. Make copies of important documents.
Keeping additional copies of important documents such as your passport, visa, credit card and proof of your Yellow Fever Vaccination will protect you in the event your items are stolen or misplaced. Having these copies will be essential when replacing your documents and ensuring your ability to leave the country without incident.
5. Pack prescription drugs and preventative medicine.
Healthcare standards are vastly different in Ghana. This includes access to prescription drugs. Traveling with an adequate supply of prescription drugs will keep you healthy while overseas. It is also important to pack other over-the-counter drugs such as diarrhea kits and antihistamines as their availability may be limited. Be sure to pack these items with you in your carry-on luggage to avoid any emergencies should your luggage go missing.