Know the Laws and Culture of the Place you are going
Traveling is a great opportunity for students to get out of the routine classroom setting and learn new things out in the outdoors. If you are going out of the country, you need to know about the travel laws and other regulations that apply in that country. Besides these, you also need to know about the culture in that country concerning dress code, mannerisms and curfews if necessary. This is very important because when caught on the wrong side of the law, you will not be exempted simply because you are a visitor.
Medical Care during a Trip
If you are on any kind of medication, ensure that your trip leaders are aware so that if anything happens they can be in a position to help. The same with glasses, you can have the teacher keep an extra one for you in case you lose or break the ones you have. You must never leave behind a first aid kit that is fully stocked to take care of small accident that may happen.
Have a cell phone with you and keep in touch with your parents When you arrive at the hotel you will be staying, ensure you call your parents with the name and number of the hotel. Always ensure that you leave your parents with number that they can reach you whether it’s the teacher’s number or a friend’s number. Any changes made in the course of the trip concerning, the places you will visit or where you will be staying inform your parents.
Money and Traveling
When traveling, it is obvious that you need enough money to buy stuff and also take care of any emergencies that may arise. However, this can be a bit risky if you are on a school trip there is the possibility of being a victim of pick pocketed or losing it one of the several places you visit. Give the money to a close teacher and carry some with you for buying snacks and a cold drink.
Be Simple and Take Precautions
If you have a fancy phone or MP3 player or camera then you need not show it off. Leave all these stuff and carry an ordinary looking stuff so that you don’t attract thieves or even worse kidnappers. When you arrive at the hotel you are staying, remember to carry the hotel card or school identification card with you everywhere you go, so that if you happen to get lost or lose your phone, someone can always direct you back to the hotel.
Keep Close to a Group and Ask Permission
Always ensure that you walk with a friend or a group at all times. Do not go off away from the group on your own because you can get lost. Be polite and ask for permission to take photos of sacred places or government buildings, because in some countries, it is illegal or may seem disrespectful.
The esta (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is an advanced security system used in America for travellers from countries who are covered under the Visa Waiver Program. In order to qualify for the system you should have your credit card to pay for the registration and a valid passport.