You’ve booked your long-planned holiday and purchased travel insurance immediately after making your deposit to protect against world events or unexpected issues interrupting your trip. What else do you need to do to prepare for your trip?

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Share your information

Make sure that your travelling companions have both your travel insurance policy information and your emergency contact information. It won’t help if something happens and no one knows you have travel insurance (or they can’t contact your family). If you create a binder for your trip, you can include an emergency section with information for each member of your group.

Make sure your emergency contact has your itinerary and a copy of your policy as well. In case something happens where communications are interrupted (like the recent earthquake in Nepal), they can let our emergency assistance team know where you were.

Check your passport

Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after you depart and that you have at least two empty pages available for visas or entry and exit stamps. Double check the visa requirements for every country along your itinerary. If you can get visas in advance, it’s always a good idea to do so instead of relying on doing it on arrival. You don’t want to be stuck in a long line instead of starting your holiday.

Get a global SIM Card

Cover-More’s international travel insurance policies for trips of more than 7 days that are purchased more than 7 days in advance include a free global SIM card, allowing you to stay in touch with family and friends for less.

Make sure your phone has all the contact and travel information you need. Review our list of travel apps that can save your life and will keep you informed while you’re travelling.

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Pack a first aid kit

What you need in your first aid kit will depend on your destination and the duration of your trip. If you can easily pop into the chemist in Paris, then you won’t need to carry much; however if you’re hiking or on safari, you’ll need a more robust kit. Also keep in mind that overseas formulations of over the counter medications may not be the same. If you depend on an allergy medication or antacid, it’s best to bring what you’re used to from home.

Register your trip

Register your trip with SafeTravel and sign up for travel alerts. This allows the local embassy or consulate to contact you in case of emergency while you are travelling. While you’re there, use the embassy locator to identify the nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate at your destination.

Get help

If something does go wrong on your trip, Cover-More policyholders have access to our 24 hour global emergency assistance centre. The emergency assistance team can help you find local medical assistance, coordinate your care, even arrange for emergency evacuation home.

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