Before and during International Travels
Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier
Double check and make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions. Also, ask your medical insurance provider if your policy applies out of your country for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage, consider supplemental insurance. You can get one in our extra services page.
First Aid Pack
The CDC and Johns Hopkins MED encourage travelers to pack a first-aid kit or a travel health kit for common medical emergencies. Pack the following items in your carry-on bag and keep it with you at all times:
- Medicine you take on a regular basis at home enough plus some extra for your entire vacation (maybe you’ll not find it abroad).
- Ibuprofen or aspirin, painkiller.
- Antihistamines, Antiacid, Antinausea, Alcohol-based hand cleaner, Bandages for minor cuts, Antibiotics, Rubber Gloves, Thermometer, Aloe Gel, Sunscreen, Insect Repellent, Imodium, Condoms, Antiseptic Wipes, Allergy threatening if any.
Bring copies of your passport
If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into your country, or be able to prove your citizenship. For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well. Take with you some passport photos.
Register with your embassy
If there’s a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety. If available in your country, it is possible to register your trip on-line with your government. Here a list of all embassies
Look up the monetary conversion before travel
Finding out that one Egyptian Pound is equal to just 6 euro-cents…bad surprise. Make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of where the conversion rate is at.
Call your bank
Make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re visiting. Call your bank or go to your on-line banking page to check if your credit card is working out of your country and tell them where you go to avoid cards blocking.
Never change your currency at the airport or around the city, can be a huge rip-offs. Search for a Bank ATM and always check the conversion (many mobile APP are available for online checking) and how much the bank will charge you for the exchange. Sometimes private exchange offices are better than banks, if you have time have a look.
Try to bring with you some cash (Many countries accept US Dollars, Euros and English Pounds but take care of the exchange!). Not every place takes credit cards and to be more sure around the city keep with you some local cash.
- Will be great if you have more than one credit/debit card.
- Try to pay at the hotel everything in advance to avoid any kind of unexpected thing (i.e. if you loose your wallet or if you run out of money) at least you’ll not have any debts with the property.
- If you have doubt for the exchange or you think someone is trying to rip you off, talk with the hotel or send us a message, we will help you.
- Keep your currency and credit cars in different places (wallet, daypack, different pocket)
Check at home all documents you need for your trip: Passport, ID Card, Driving License (if you have in mind to rent a car), flight tickets (print out a copy or make a pic/screenshot), hotel booking, transfer reservation if any. Write down or save on your phone important numbers, i.e. hotel reserved, your embassy and your local guide/friend if you have one.
At the Chek-in
During holiday times airports can get extremely busy. Try to be at the airport at least 2/3 hours before the departure. In case you arrive on time and you found a busy check-in queue, avoid it. Go for a coffee or wait beside the line, it doesn’t matter if you’re the first or the last.
At the Security Lane
If you’re really in late a polite word to the airport officer can save your flight. In case you’re on time you can opt for a fast track (at a charge) or follow the queue. A good trick to be fast on a normal lane is to start to take off all things not necessary at that moment: jewels, watch, belt, coins, earrings, ecc… (put all things in your hand bag/daypack/jacket) this will smooth your time at the security. If you have a laptop or tablet be ready to take it out and as well liquids (remember that any liquids have to be stored in a plastic bag and not exceeding 100ml per item). In some airports you have to take off shoes too.
At the Departure Gate
Once at the gate you can enjoy duty free shops, cafè places, restaurant and souvenir shops and in almost all airports WI-FI connection. Try to be close your gate and check if still the same, sometimes your gate number can change. At the time of boarding don’t be in rush to reach the gate and check if there is any queue. Don’t worry, your plane won’t leave without you until they have at least called out your name. If you have a priority boarding check your lane. You can take with you on the plane several things, i.e. some drinks, sandwich or so.
On the Plane
Check your seat number and understand if yours is at the head or the tail of the airplane, this will avoid a long walk inside of it. Take your seat and in case you see an empty row you can ask to the flight attendant if is possible to change it. Some seat’s change is possible just after everybody are on the plane and you can not do it by yourself. Ask first.
Landing & Taxi Time
At landing don’t be in rush to stand up and get your bag, the airplane take some time to reach the parking (Taxi Time). Once the airplane is parked you can wait a bit and avoid to join other people stands for the door opening. Airport ground services are just started, bags, buses, etc… Once the door is opened and the corridor is more free than you can move, you still have a plenty of time because probably your bags are still on its way and you have to do it also the immigration procedures.
At the immigration box take off your sun glasses and be respectful of the lane and local law, i.e. no pictures. In some of our destinations someone of our delegated people will wait you before the immigration and help you, check the Luxio Board or your name. Provide your passport to the officer and remember that it’s not your country so if you are use to do it in a certain way in your country or others, it doesn’t mean that have to be the same. After that you can go to get your bags and go out of the airport.
If you reserved a transfer with us you’ll find our assistant at the airport, if not you can search for a taxi and reach your hotel/resort.
In many countries you can book in advance your transfer.
At your arrival at the final destination our hotel partner will make the registration of your details, a short explanation of the hotel services and give to you your key room. If you don’t like the room the hotel is at your complete service and (upon availability) will do anything possible to make you happy. The entire stay is already paid so you don’t need to pay extra money; beside, some hotels, ask for a security deposit i.e. for the minibar if not included.
The hotel is at your complete disposal, don’t be shy to ask anything at the reception or a guest relation. Depending on your stay booked with us, you have Bed & Breakfast Formula or All Inclusive Formula; all details are in your reservation. The property will explain all services and what’s included anyway.
Room service is always an extra service.
Luxio Collection provide many different kind of excursion and tours. All of them are insured and respect the highest standard of quality and safety.