We know a lot of you travel overseas, so we looked at the Department of State, Traveler's Checklist and what it recommends for safety.

Here's a checklist of things you can do before you travel:

  • You can go on the government travel website and put in the country or area of where you are traveling. You'll get information about the place, what documents you'll need, how to get insurance coverage and how to sign up for the free "smart traveler enrollment problem."
  • You can sign up for advisories when they are posted. It also has information on how to plan for a crisis overseas.
  • A page on the Department of State website walks you through what happens if your passport is lost or stolen, how to get help if you're a victim of a crime, and how to find a missing U.S. citizen.
  • The Department of State also recommends contacting the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if you need help. It has a link you can click to get that contact information.
  • If you're staying at an Airbnb, do your homework on the city or town. It's good to do some checking on any resorts or hotels as well.

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