How to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

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  • 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
  •  Some Countries Are Safer to Visit Than Others

Track Checklist

Make a travel checklist so that you can remain organized with copies of your passport, travel itinerary and all other things related to your trip. Be sure to leave a copy of your flight information, hotel or hostel information, and photocopies of your passport with the emergency contact listed on your STEP registration or with someone whom you trust. (Photo: Tom Grill/Getty Images)

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