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Vacation Tips

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Here are some vacation tips to have in mind before that exciting Mombasa trip.

Valuables

Don’t leave valuable items in your car, hotel room, or other visible/accessible places (such as on a beach towel while swimming).

Cash vs. Traveller’s Checks

Traveller’s checks are not popular and most places will refuse to cash them. Always bring cash or use your ATM card. In case of cash most hotels will provide a safe for money and other valuables. Most shopping malls will have ATMs onsite.

Foreign Currency

Foreign currency or foreign traveller’s checks can be exchanged at most banks in the area.

Automatic Teller Machines

Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are readily accessible throughout the area. Emergency cash may be obtained from many commercial banks with a major credit card, if the cardholder has cash advance privileges.

Important Documents

Keep personal identification, medical information, and health insurance cards with you at all times in case of emergency.

Traffic Safety

Local highways often are congested during rush hour traffic or in case of an accident. Familiarize yourself with the area by using road maps and asking for directions. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, and be prepared for sudden stops. Pay attention to the Motor bikes and mini buses which are known for overlapping and speeding.

Pedestrian Safety

A few pointers for pedestrians: Always walk facing oncoming traffic. Wear light or reflective clothing, and carry a flashlight when walking at night. Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street.

Keeping Tabs on Your Family

While vacationing, know where your children, parents, grandparents, spouses, and all significant others are at all times.

State and Local Laws

Familiarize yourself with state and local laws and obey them.

Emergency numbers

In case of emergency, call 999 / 112 / 911. Be prepared to provide your location. Remain calm