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Packing Lists to Flu Shots: Complete Travel Checklist

Preparing for travel can be daunting. You’ve got to get make travel arrangements, find the right place to stay, and get the details in order.

If your travels take you overseas, your travel checklist gets a little longer. Your packing list is expanded — you may need travel plug adapters, clothes for different weather, or an international cell phone. On top of the extra items on your packing list, you’ll have a few tasks to prepare you for traveling abroad. You may need a flu shot, money card, visa and travel insurance, depending on where your travels take you.

student travel checklist

Since your preparations are so important for helping you get to your destination, we’ve put together a travel checklist. This checklist should help you make sure you don’t forget anything major. Check it out before you travel so you can have an amazing experience while you travel!

Complete Travel Checklist

Travel Documents

You might need several documents for traveling abroad. Make sure you have all flight information. If you need a passport or visa, you may need to get to work a few months before you travel.

Share the Details

Your family and friends should know your travel plans. Leave them a copy of your itinerary and passport data page. Make sure they know how to contact you, whether that’s email or by using an international cell phone.

Check Insurance

You may want to check on your medical insurance coverage before you go overseas. Some travelers wish to purchase travel insurance.

Health Check

Depending on your destination, your travel checklist should include a flu shot. Check out flu.gov to see why its important to get a flu shot before international travel. You can find affordable and convenient flu shots at ARCpoint Labs.

Money, Money, Money

There are lots of things to consider in the way of finances. You’ll want to budget your trip so you know when to splurge and when to cut back. Always check with your bank before you travel — they can tell you if your debit cards will work, and prepare for you to be spending money in another location. Having money available in a few different forms is the best option.


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A Must Read for KU College Girls

Maybe you were one of those high schoolers who pleaded with Mom & Dad to let you go off to the “big” school at KU, promising you’d “be safe.” Or, maybe you were so determined to go, you decided to get tons of scholarships and an early admittance letter just so they would say “YES.” There are many reasons why going off to a large college is great for a teenager. However, there are also equally as many reasons why your parents can hardly sleep at night once you go away to the big school. And if you’re a young female – their main concern is that you stay safe.

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Make sure the waiter is the one who brings the drinks to your table on a first date.

How to Stay Safe on a Date

Of course you’ll be safe. The guy came up to you, started flirting at the bar, and you could tell by the look in his eyes that he was to be trusted. And so the story goes. And in many cases, yes, this is true. And that’s why many KU alumni are happily married and have their own families. However, there ARE some cases where that’s not always how it plays out. And to make sure you end up with your happily ever after, here are a few things we’d advise you on in regards to dating in college and being asked out by complete strangers.

1. Always Let Someone Know Where you Are And Who You’re With

First rule of thumb when it comes to dating guys you meet – who you’ve never met before – always, always, always let someone know where you are. These days, technology helps us along so it doesn’t have to be an excuse to leave the dinner table and call.  Send a text to at least one trusted girlfriend, and let her know where you are at. If you can, make sure she also knows who you are with and his phone number. You don’t have to “call in” like you did as a teenager, but be smart and don’t go off alone with strangers without anyone knowing your whereabouts.

2. Keep an Eye on your Drink at All Times

Not to be pessimists here, but date rape drugs are real. We test for them a lot. If you’re just getting to know someone, make sure you know where the drinks came from. If you want to accept his offer to buy your drink, just make sure the waiter is the one who brings it directly to the table. Or if you’re at a bar, go up to the bar to get the drink. Keep your hands on your cup at all times throughout the night.

3. Carry some Safety Essentials

Have the “basics” on you in the event you need help throughout the night and get in a bad situation. Always have your cell phone on you. Also, it’s not a bad idea to carry pepper spray so that you can get out of a bad situation if it comes up.

4. Stay in a Public Place

Now we get the whole “he’s the one” thing and the romanticism of realizing that on the first date. However – reality check – it’s the first date. And if you’ve never met the guy, protect yourself and stay in a public place. Too many tragic stories have come from girls going up to the apartment, or guys coming over, only to end in regrets and sometimes worse.

5. Remember Your Sex Ed Classes

We want to be realistic and know that there are many occasions where perfect strangers end the night well … knowing each other much better. And what we want to say to that is to make sure to be safe if you choose to become intimate with your date. We don’t highly recommend going home with someone you’ve just met. However, if this situation does occur, take the smart steps to play it safe. Use condoms – this won’t only help prevent pregnancy – but STDs as well. Make sure you exchange names and numbers – “one-night-stands” aren’t as fun as they seem. And never forget point #1 – make sure someone knows where you are.