Finally, before leaving the Exclusion Zone for good, you'll undergo several radiation tests to ensure that you actually have left it behind. If the alarm bells ring, you'll need to go through decontamination to get out.
Gianni Jaccoma is an editorial assistant for Thrillist Travel. Chernobyl scares the pants off him, although he'd still like to go one day. Preferably wearing pants. Follow him on Twitter @gjaccoma.