How to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

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  • 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
  • Safety Begins Before You Travel
  • Sign Up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  • Travel Checklist

What to Leave at Home

Items such as irreplaceable family heirlooms, expensive jewelry, unnecessary credit cards and other important information such as your Social Security card should not be taken abroad. (Photo: kyoshino/Getty Images)

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