It is very important to you and your travel companions that you stay informed on and prepared for health and safety matters. Before you travel, make yourself aware of any recommended vaccines and health precautions for the area you are travelling to. Double check that you have packed a large enough supply of any necessary medications. Be sure to check in with the local and global news to stay current on any disease outbreaks or quarantine areas. For protection against criminals or terrorists, check for recent travel advisories on the place you are travelling to. Check statistics on disapperances and theft so as to protect yourself and your possessions. Below are several sources of travel safety and health advice as well as health and safety hazards of certain regions.