How to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

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  •  Some Countries Are Safer to Visit Than Others
  • Safety Begins Before You Travel
  • Sign Up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  • Travel Checklist
  • How You Can Find Safe Hotels and Hostels
  • How You Should Pack
  • What to Leave at Home
  • Should You Bring Cash?
  • Check Your Passport
  • Know Where the U.S. Embassies and Consulates Are Located
  •  Learn About the Laws and Customs
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  • How to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

Sign Up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Prior to embarking on your trip, you should sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs. Registering your trip with STEP will help the U.S. government contact travelers if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. (Photo: Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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