Have a nice trip! Chances are you will – with some helpful travel tips to ensure your comfort and safety.
Whether travelling by air, land or sea, the right information can make your journey what it should be: pleasurable, not painful.
Tips for Air Travellers
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A Woman’s Guide To Safe Travel
Global travel can present some special challenges to women of all ages and walks of life. Local customs and social taboos in many foreign countries make it important for women to educate themselves on how to interact with local populations to avoid potential problems.
Foreign Affairs Canada has some excellent travel advice for women.
Tips To Go
Print or save our handy list of tips for air travel, road travel and more.
Print or save this packing checklist before you go so you don’t forget something important.
A Safe & Fun Roadtrip!
- Avoid difficulties in making reservations by booking your vacation well in advance.
- Rehearse with your children before you leave; pitch a tent in the backyard; take a day trip to get your kids used to spending time away from home.
- Involve children in the vacation planning. Let them look at your CAA maps and TourBooks and watch videos about your vacation destination.
- If you’re travelling with a small child and plan to rent a car, make sure the rental company can provide a car seat. Otherwise, pack one along with your luggage.
- Never place a rear–facing infant restraint in a seating position where there is an air bag device.
- Never leave children unattended in a vehicle.
- Find out what amenities your hotel provides (irons, blow dryers, cribs) as this can help reduce luggage.
- Take the phone number of your pediatrician and a first aid kit, as well as cleaning products such as wet wipes and paper towels.
- Keep your children occupied on the way to your destination. Have plenty of nutritious snacks on hand, such as raisins, sandwiches, bagels and water bottles.
Disabled Travellers' Guide
The Federation International De L’Automobile has compiled information for traveller’s on where, and under what conditions, they are allowed to park with their parking cards and placards. This FIA website contains useful information pertaining to Canada, the United States and Europe – more than 130 countries worldwide.
Visit the Disabled Travellers’ Guide website.
Emergency Survival Kit
A road emergency can happen anywhere, anytime. Be prepared for that worst-case scenario. To begin with, make sure your vehicle is fit for travel. Then buy or assemble your own emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle at all times.
Here are some suggestions for outfitting your vehicle:
- Shovel and traction mats or sand, salt or kitty litter
- Road flares or warning light; road maps
- Ice scraper and fire extinguisher (5lb type ABC)
- Tow cable or chain; axe or hatchet
- Flashlight & batteries
- Matches and a ‘survival’ candle in a deep can (to warm hands or heat a drink)
- Extra clothing and footwear
- Blanket: lightweight and heat–reflective survival blankets are best
- Emergency food pack and first aid kit
Emergency Food Pack
This should include high energy, non–perishable items such as:
- Canned chicken meat, beef stew, canned fruit (replace with expiry dates)
- Hard candy, granola bars, peanut butter (unless allergic)
- Raisins, wafer cookies, jerky
- Bottled water, apple or other juice containers
- Manual can opener, plastic drinking glass, metal utensils
First Aid Kit
A basic kit for your vehicle should include:
- Box of adhesive bandages
- Sterile gauze & tape to secure dressings
- 2 or 3 triangular bandages
- Tweezers, safety pins
- Packaged alcohol and sterile wipes
- Scissors (heavy duty, for cutting seatbelts if necessary)
- First aid manual
Travelling with Pets
Ask CAA about the Travelling With Your Pet book.
It's full of great ideas and advice and even includes a listing of more than 10,000 pet–friendly lodgings across Canada and the U.S.
It's available free to CAA Members! Call your local CAA Member Services to get your copy.
What to Pack
Some people will pack more for their pet than others, but here are some of the essentials:
- Food and water dishes
- Ample supply of food, with a few day’s extra
- Carrier or crate
- Litter supplies, including scooper and bags
- Harness and collar, with ID tags including your contact numbers
- Blanket or other bedding
- Medications and health certificates, if necessary
- A recent photograph and written description of your pet
Pet Travel by Air
Before taking off into the wild blue yonder, determine if your pet is fit to fly at all. Sick or pregnant pets, and those either very young or very old, should not fly. Take note of these other suggestions:
- Find out if – and where - your pet is allowed to fly with the airline you’ve booked with
- Determine where your pet will be carried onboard the aircraft. Cats, and long-nosed and snub-nosed dogs can experience severe respiratory problems in a plane’s cargo hold, and should travel only with their owner in the passenger cabin
- Understand that a plane’s cargo hold is often not cooled or heated before takeoff
- Have a veterinarian examine your pet at least 10 days before departure
- Don’t feed your pet less than four hours before departure
- Secure to the pet carrier the name, address and contact numbers for your destination, as well as your home contact information