Top Ten Travel Tips for March Break

(NC) — An old adage is that wherever you are going on vacation, take twice the money and half the luggage. While it may not be a bad starting point, there's a whole lot more to good vacation planning.

Preparation is the key to a having an enjoyable spring vacation. Whether novice or seasoned, most travellers know to pack the right attire, cancel the newspaper and set the house alarm before they leave. However, in the busy planning process, the same travellers will often overlook some important elements to help ensure a stress free vacation.

RSA, a leading travel insurer, encourages Canadians to keep the following tips in mind when they travel for March Break:

Put your health and safety first:

Travellers should always put their health and well-being first. Vacations are a break from routine but not from sensible practices. Whether travelling by air or car, you should:

1. Confirm well in advance if any inoculations or medications are needed before visiting the destination;

2. Check for government issued travel advisories for the country or region you are planning to visit;

3. Carry sufficient prescription medication and allergy treatments in your carry-on luggage;

4. If driving, check weather and road conditions and listen to local advisories; and

5. Share travel and destination information with loved ones in the event an emergency arises.

Have key documents with you at all times:

6. When travelling outside of the country there are papers that Canadian vacationers should not leave home without.

7. A valid passport is needed for all travellers, including children and infants, with limited exceptions for children under 16 crossing at land border points;

8. Additionally, Canadian children need appropriate documentation to travel abroad when taking a trip alone or with only one parent, such as a consent letter, birth certificate or citizenship card. Check destination requirements before departing.

9. If travelling outside your home province, carry provincial health cards and drivers licenses.

10. Travellers should also carry their insurance wallet card to call for assistance at any time.


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