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11 Mar

Staying safe on holiday

staying_safeAvanti Travel Insurance is designed to give you peace of mind, that’s why our customers all benefit from a 24-hour emergency helpline to use when they are away.  Staying safe on holiday is our concern as much as yours.

Here are some tips on staying safe from the Foreign and Commonwealth office:

  • don’t travel without insurance – make sure it covers you for any activities you are likely to undertake such as extreme or water sports

Whilst you are away:

  • think about what you are doing at all times and trust your instincts – don’t take risks that you wouldn’t at home!
  • don’t openly display valuables such as mobile phones or digital cameras and consider using a padlock on suitcases or backpacks
  • find out about local customs and dress, behave accordingly and obey local laws – there may be serious penalties for breaking a law that might seem trivial at home
  • be careful when taking photographs, videos or using binoculars. Such activities may be misunderstood, especially near military installations
  • consider taking your mobile with you or renting one whilst you’re away. Store useful numbers such as the local police and the nearest Embassy or Consulate
  • check with your service provider to make sure your phone works abroad
  • use your judgement when buying and eating food you’ve not prepared yourself
  • respect the environment – don’t buy wildlife souvenirs, conserve resources like water and don’t drop litter
  • Take care with balconies – there have recently been incidences of people falling from balconies
  • check import regulations for food and plants before you attempt to bring them back to the UK

We don’t want illness to spoil your holiday so:

  • check whether it’s safe to drink local tap water, be careful of eating washed salads, non-peeling fruit and ice in drinks
  • always wash your hands after using the toilet, before handling food and before eating
  • use bottled water if you have ANY doubts about the quality of the water. Check the seals are unbroken
  • boil water or filter it using a water ‘purifier’ – this is more effective than sterilisation tablets
  • eat fresh, thoroughly cooked food that is still piping hot
  • avoid food that has been kept warm

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website is

It contains many more useful tips such as what to do if you are the victim of crime.

If you still have any questions regarding travel insurance and you need to talk to us then remember we are here to help you on 0800 066 5604.