PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
Passports & Visas
Make sure your passport is still valid or apply for a new
one long before you plan to travel. Make sure you have the
right travel documents and visas for your destinations. Including
any medical vaccination certificates. No obvious vaccination
are required for mainland USA but you can check on the Masta
Do not forget your Driving Licence if you are going to hire
a vehicle. If you do however forget your licence the DVLA can
fax a copy of your licence to you.
can contact the DVLA on telephone : +44
870 240 0009 or Fax number :
+ 44 1792 783071
The standard allowance on charter
flights is 20kg (44lb) per person (excluding infants), unless
your ticket says otherwise, there is usually a charge if
you exceed this amount. On scheduled flights, the
allowance is normally two pieces of luggage weighing 32kg (70lb)
You can also take one piece of hand luggage with you on to
the plane, but this should not exceed 5kg in weight, and be
no bigger than 43x28x23cms. Please note that hand luggage may
be weighed, as well as cameras and handbags. The low dose x-ray
machines used at UK Airports will not affect photographic film.
What you can't take with you.
These items are classed as dangerous goods, and
are not allowed on aircraft:
- firearms or replica weapons, including toys
- locking blade knives or other implements
with more than three-inch blades
- explosives, flares, fireworks, toy gun caps
or non-safety matches
- gases of any type, including compressed cylinders,
tear gas, mace or camping gas
- flammable materials such as paints, thinners,
lighter fuel, petrol or fire lighters
- poisons, weed killers or insecticides
- corrosives, including car batteries or mercury
- irritating or radioactive materials
- laser pens.
If you carry any of these items with you they
are liable to be confiscated at the airport and given to the
handling agent or security personnel. It will then be your
responsibility to arrange for the safe return of the items
when you come back from your holiday.
What to Leave Behind
Leave a detailed itinerary and a copy of your passport's
identification page with a friend or relative at home. Include
names, addresses and telephone numbers where you will be
staying. Leave a copy of your flight and ticket information
with them as well.
You may wish to establish certain check in dates when you
will either call, e-mail, fax, etc. to let someone know that
you are all right. But remember that if you happen to miss
a check-in, your loved ones may assume that you are having
a problem or are in trouble.
Leave any valuables, extra credit cards and jewelry - even
fake jewelry - at home. Thieves often won't know the real
from the fake until after they take it, so why risk your
Make sure you have adequate health insurance coverage while
abroad and that your coverage includes medical evacuations.
Your policy might not cover you overseas and you may need
to purchase traveler's insurance.
If you have any condition that might develop complications,
especially if you are pregnant, check with your doctor before
you go abroad. If you experience complications, a medical
evacuation might still take several precious hours to arrange.
If you take prescription medication, make sure you have
enough to last the duration of the trip, including extra
medication in case you are delayed. Always carry your prescriptions
in their labeled containers as many countries have strict
narco-trafficking laws and might be suspicious of pills in
unlabeled bottles. Bring your prescription information and
the names of their generic equivalents with you just in case.
The US telephone system is different than that of most
other countries, if you don't know what to look for, you can
spend a lot of money on telephone fees. If necessary to make
a call from a public phone box use a credit card as opposed
to coins, if this isn't possible use a call box owned by a
major service provider like Southern/Pacific Bell or Bell Atlantic
as many phones operated by private concessionaries charge exorbitant
Telephone cards are also available in the US
they are sold in many gas stations, drug stores at at newsstands
and come in denominations of $5, $10 or $20.
Alternatively remember to ask your mobile phone provider
about making calls from USA.
OFF YOU GO
Safety and Security
Use common sense and be alert and aware of your surroundings.
If you are unsure in general about the local situation, feel
free to check with the American Citizens Services section
of the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for the latest security
information. Do not leave luggage or bags unattended.
Masta Web site
Masta web site. Health while traveling. What jabs you need,
tips etc http://www.masta.org/index.asp
Great deals on car rental worldwide. Check out rental car
deals in more than 100 countries and nearly 5,000 locations.
Car Rental In .com partner with the best companies such as
Budget, Enterprise, National Car Rental, Thrifty, Hertz and
other reputable dealers. www.car-rental-in.com
For information on other web sites to
visit visit our links page.