Travel Tips and Resources

Tips and Resources for Safe and Productive Travels

With UC Davis students, faculty, and staff actively studying, researching and collaborating worldwide, there are hundreds of UC Davis travelers at any given time. Global Affairs is committed to providing travel resources and tips for safe and productive trips.

General Travel Tips

  • Research your destination

    • Learn about the local culture, political/security environment, weather, geography, traffic patterns, road conditions, visas required for entry and the perception of foreigners
    • Find out the best way to safely acquire local currency
  • Inform your bank of your travel dates and destinations

  • Maintain situational awareness at all times

    • Don’t walk and text
    • Whenever possible, travel with someone else
    • Keep a low profile and blend in
    • Establish an emergency plan (see Communications Resources)
  • Establish a robust and redundant communications plan (see Communications Resources)

    • Adjust your communications plan as necessary once you arrive, as well as after moving to a different city or region
  • Keep copies of important documents in a safe place

    • This includes passport, visa, credit cards, emergency contact information, and other personal information
    • Do not keep all of your valuables in one place
  • Engage with friends or colleagues who have traveled to your destination previously or who are originally from there

    • Gain insights into daily life and tips on how to ensure a safe and productive trip

General Travel Resources

  • Ensure that your trip is registered

    • Gain access to critical, location-specific travel alerts from WorldAware, the University’s risk management and private intelligence partner
    • WorldAware travel alerts contain valuable information to mitigate your exposure to a broad spectrum of disruptive safety, security, weather, health, and transportation events
    • See more information regarding trip registration
  • Research your destination with the WorldCue® Traveler/Planner

    • Service is offered free of charge to UC Davis travelers and contains a wealth of country-specific safety, security, health, cultural, political, transportation, communications, legal, financial, and weather information and guidance
  • Register your travel with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

    • Receive breaking safety and security alerts and guidance directly from the U.S. embassy or nearest consulate
  • Consult the U.S. Department of State’s Country Information webpage

    • Review critical information regarding your destination including visa and entry requirements
  • Review currency, financial and reimbursement information

  • Ensure that you have the correct plug adapters

    • Ensure, if necessary, you have the correct power converters
    • Consider purchasing a spare or external battery for your electronic devices
  • Receive discounted rates through the University of California's agreement with Peninsula Visa & Passport

    • UC Davis travelers must use their university email address to receive discounts
  • Review the University of California’s Global Operations webpage

    • Offers a wide range of health, safety, and security, export control, and other resources for faculty and researchers, staff, and students planning travel abroad
  • If you are a student traveling abroad, review the Department of State’s Students Abroad webpage

  • Consult the Transportation Security Administration’s general Travel Tips webpage

  • Review the Department of Homeland Security’s Overseas Travel webpage

  • Consider applying for the Department of Homeland Security’s Global Entry program

More Information

For more information, see travel resources and tips related to communications, health, language, safety and securitytraveling with electronic devices.

UC Davis travelers with general travel-related questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Global Affairs at (530) 752-4129 or