Travel insurance is the best way to protect yourself against financial loss.
Travel insurance packages are reasonably priced and definitely worth it.
The most useful plan is a comprehensive policy that includes coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, default, trip delay and medical expenses (with a waiver for preexisting conditions).
Without insurance, you may lose all or most of your money if you cancel your trip or have to cut it short, regardless of the reason.
Default insurance covers you if your tour operator, airline, or cruise line goes out of business.
Trip-delay covers unforeseen expenses that you may incur due to bad weather or mechanical delays.
Always study the fine print when comparing policies.
Note: SDC offers travel insurance for your convenience.
Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and a visa if required. Leave copies of these documents and your itinerary with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Should you lose your documents, these copies will prove to be of much value and make the replacement process so much easier.
Make sure you have your travel insurance documents with you and do check your coverage overseas.
For destinations in Mexico you may wish to pre-arrange your transfers to and from the hotel .
This way you know you are in trusted hands and after arrival do not have to deal with the transportation companies inside the terminal who try to distract you for your business and those hard to shake time-share agents.
Please contact SDC to make arrangements for your transfers.
Most countries allow a visit for up to two or three months when you show your valid passport upon entry.
Some countries may charge an airport departure tax of up to $25.
For authoritative information on a country's entry and exit requirements and on its customs and currently regulations, contact its embassy, consulate or tourist office.
Don't over pack when you are travelling, especially now with all the luggage restrictions in place. This could be a costly oversight. Different airlines now have different requirements. Make sure to check your limits in advance.
Make sure ahead of time you have each and every bag with a proper label stating your name and cell phone number so you can be reached. NEVER put your home address on a suitcase!
It's an idea to pack outfits in plastic bags and use the food vacuums to take the air out of the bags to make it possible to pack more skimpy outfits in one suitcase and make them easy to access.
A good idea is to bring a "day bag" with you to the resort or cruise ship.
Maybe even a nylon bag that will fold up inside your main suitcase and you can keep it in the outer zipper pocket with suits, sun block, lip balm and so on.
Makes waiting for a room when arriving before check-in time all the more comfortable.
When traveling to other countries, some people with low immune systems can be affected by local bacteria. This does not mean the resort has a food poison problem, it means these people do not easily adapt to local bacteria.
If you are susceptible to sickness, call your doctor and tell him where you are traveling to and maybe get a booster shot.
An idea is to take two teaspoons of Pepto Bismol before each meal and the chances of you getting tummy troubles are reduced.
Be sure to pack an effective topical antibiotic cream. The smallest scratch or insect bite can quickly become infected.
If on medicine, please take extra precautions. In your carry-on luggage bring enough of any medication you need to last the entire trip.
You may also want your doctor to write a spare prescription using the drug's generic name, since brand names may vary from country to country.
Never put prescription drugs or valuables in luggage to be checked. To avoid customs delays, carry medications in their original packaging, or bring photocopies of your prescriptions to prove you have the right to own this drug.
For some countries you may need a special medicine passport. Bag it: Plastic bags - for everything from toiletries to shoes - have prevented many a suitcase fiasco.
All of our SDC events have Theme Nights. These themes are usually announced on the site or sent to you by email.
Please feel free to ask what the themes are if you are not sure, so you have the correct dress for the evening if you wish to participate.
By all means know that you are not required to participate in any theme night should you chose not to, but it will add to the overall atmosphere and experience!
To avoid any issue, use bottled water
Please adhere to the camera policy in place at our SDC Events. Make sure you have read the conduct policy.
Safety begins when you pack. As on any other vacation or trip, please avoid being a target of crime by not wearing conspicuous clothing or expensive jewelry and do not accept packages from strangers. Do not take valuables to the beach. When possible, use the hotel safe when you venture outside. SDC is not responsible for any misplaced or lost item. If found, they will be shipped to you at your own cost.