Going on a trip

Travelling to a new country is fun, but you need to take certain precautions to make sure you have a hassle-free trip.

Do you have insurance?

Before you leave, consider taking out:

  • Travel insurance to protect you in the event of an accident, unexpected illness and baggage theft
  • Auto insurance if you plan on driving during your trip
  • Home insurance that includes civil liability coverage

Some group insurance policies include travel insurance. Check with your employer to learn more.

Do you have all your documents?

  • Is your passport valid? Some countries require your passport to be valid for at least 6 months after the departure date. Find out the entry and exit requirements of the country you’re visiting.
  • Do you need a visa? Find out the visa requirements of the destination country.
  • Leave paper or electronic copies of your passport, travel documents and itinerary with a friend or family member who isn’t travelling with you.
  • Take copies of these documents with you and leave the originals in the hotel safe so they don’t get lost or stolen.
  • Planning to drive? Check to see if you need an International Driving Permit.

Have you thought about the small things?

  • Contact Desjardins Travel Assistance Service to get useful information about precautions to take, as well as the visa and vaccinations required for your destination.
  • Check that your debit and credit cards are accepted in your destination country and find out about the service charges.
  • Check the currency accepted by the country you’re visiting, as well as the exchange rate.
  • Bring cash to make it easier for you to get to your destination.
  • Check your cellular roaming fees.
  • Set up preauthorized payments for your bills and accounts payable.
  • Ask a neighbour, friend or family member to keep an eye on your house while you’re away. For trips of more than 30 days, some insurers require you to notify them.
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination. Some destinations are in areas that are prone to hurricanes and tropical storms.
  • Unplug your electronics.

Check out this list and travel like a pro!.

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Do you have travel insurance?

Desjardins Travel Insurance has coverage options and packages that suit all your travel needs.