With summer comes vacation time, and it pays to check a few things before you go, especially if you'll be leaving the country. Many travel agents can help you with this information.
Check the date on your passport: U.S. passports are valid for 10 years. If yours was issued in 1983, renew it now. For more information, call the Passport Services Office at (202) 647-0518.
Check customs laws and duties: Call the Customs Service at (201) 645-3300. They have a free informative brochure. Some travel agents may also have this on hand.
Check on immunizations: Call the U.S. Public Health Services, (404) 332-4559. Not all areas of the world require additional immunizations to travel there.