Before you go

  • Ensure that all the exterior doors of your home are equipped with good quality locks.
  • If possible, arrange for someone to check on your home when you're away. This will ensure that any problems are spotted quickly and action taken.
  • Place some of the lights inside your home on variable timing devices to give a lived-in appearance.
  • Check that your home owners/contents policy is up to date and that any expensive items you may be taking on your trip are insured.
  • Ensure that passports and visa are up to date and valid.
  • Make a list of travellers cheques and photocopy important travel documents including airline or any other tickets, passport, visa and vaccination records. Put them in your suitcase and hand luggage and leave a copy at home.
  • Take out proper travel insurance and check that it provides suitable cover for your trip.
  • Ensure that your travel or private health insurance policy provides adequate medical cover - do not rely solely on the E111. (The E111 medical system is designed to provide free or low cost medical treatment in Europe and only covers emergency treatment. The full cost of treatment is unlikely to be covered and travellers often have to pay a large percentage of the medical bill).
  • It is important that you have all the necessary vaccinations for the country you are visiting.
  • If you are travelling to an 'at risk' area, visit This knowledge can help you assess the risks and take any necessary precautions during your stay.
  • Give your travel plans, hotel details and arrival/departure dates to at least two people you can trust.
  • When packing, do not put valuables in 'checked-in' baggage.
  • Cancel milk and newspaper deliveries.

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