Safety While Traveling

Travel Safety Tips

  • Scan documents – email them to yourself
  • Leave your full itinerary, copies of documents with someone back home
  • Include your scanned documents in your packet that you leave with them.
  • Never list your home address on the luggage tag. Better solution? Put your email address on it!
  • Stay with your luggage until the luggage is checked. This includes going through security – wait till all your stuff is through the scanner, and then walk through. (keep your stuff in FRONT of you)
  • Carry important papers and valuable with you; NEVER check anything that you simply cannot afford to lose. Photocopy/email your passport, driver’s license and credit cards.
  • Make sure that your prescription medicines are filled properly and labeled accurately. In some countries certain prescription medicines are forbidden.
  • Never wear anything that projects affluence when in shady places. Better yet: leave your jewelry at home completely!!!!!!!
  • Spread your money out and be a sneak and hide it! Use tricky hiding strategies in hotel rooms.
  • Women particularly should never accept a drink from a stranger. Keep an eye on your drink/food at all times.
  • Keep an eye on your bags at all times!
  • If you ask someone to “watch your stuff”, remember it’s still YOUR responsibility. (clip your bag to theirs)
  • Keep a foot or something looped through your baggage. (especially on night flights when you may fall asleep!). Use carabiner clips to clip your stuff to you – hook a carabiner clip on your bag to your shoe laces! Clip a carabiner to your purse/backpack and your belt loops!)
  • Do NOT hang stuff on your chair BEHIND you, or hang stuff on public coat racks, even the hook inside of toilet stalls, etc etc etc etc!!!!
  • Do not wear name tags in public.
  • Be aware of what is around you. Note taxi stations, bus stops, public restaurants, etc. (especially in shady situations). Just the act of looking around and being aware of your surroundings deters criminals.
  • Do not use unmarked taxi cabs. In a taxi, sit behind the driver so you can see him, but he cannot see you. Pay the driver upon arriving at your destination and while you are still sitting in the vehicle.
  • Do not discuss travel plans, your room number or any other personal information in public within earshot of strangers.
  • Familiarize yourself with train and bus schedules before traveling. Have an alternate plan in place in the event your transportation plans change.
  • Do not flash your passport in public. Discreetly show important documents to officials only. Also, some places may ask to keep your passport – hotels, bike rental, etc. Bring extra photocopies of your passport and give that to them. Or, I like to bring along my old Texas driver’s license, and I give that to them – I don’t care if it gets lost!
  • Never flash your money in public. Exchange funds with reputable and recognized exchangers only.
  • Don’t let the fact that you are tired or grouchy interfere with YOUR safety.
  • Fold your money small bills out, big bills in.
  • Have tips and small change ready in advance.

 

 

 

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