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Travel Safety - Part 1

Whether you travel to an exotic and unfamiliar destination or somewhere local and familiar, remind yourself of these safety precautions. It is important to be aware of travel safety measures and to find out about specific problems or hazards at your location. Some of these may seem to be commonsense or excessive. It all depends on your destination and your comfort level. Read these precautions so that if you are in a similar situation, you already have a good idea of what to do. As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

What does the government say about your destination?

Look at the U.S. Department of State website when picking your destination and then once again before leaving on your vacation. These advisories are primarily for large-scale conflicts or problems and don’t necessarily reflect how safe tourists are from local criminals. Some locations have a much higher incidence of street crime. Some websites list information about tourist crime in certain countries. World Travel Watch shows information about safety issues for travelers to different countries around the world. Visual Tourist is also a good site to look up your location and read the warnings.

Pack light

Dress to fit into your destination. Don’t wear expensive jewelry or clothing. Leave at home anything that is irreplaceable or very valuable, including your diamond ring! Buy a $20 fake to wear around. If it gets stolen, you will be the one laughing! Dressing too casual can also be a sign that you’re a tourist.

Protect your possessions in your room.

Lock suitcases while away and put anything important in the hotel safe. Items have been stolen from hotel rooms and are often not returned or compensated.Make sure your door is locked when you leave and put an extra bolt or chain on while in the room. Request a room on the 2nd – 6th floors. Rooms on the ground floor are easier to access for thefts and rooms that are too high may not be accessible from a fire ladder. Be familiar with the layout of the hotel and fire escapes, which can be hard to find during a fire.

Money, Credit Cards, Traveler’s Checks, Documentation…

Only bring as much cash as you need, carry traveler’s checks and credit cards. Leave home everything in your wallet that is unnecessary to have abroad such as social security cards, extra credit cards, check book, library cards, etc.

Photocopy:

  • Credit cards & ATM cards (front and back). Record international telephone numbers & keep track of credit limits or balances.
  • Passport
  • Traveler's checks
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Airline tickets and hotel reservations
  • Numbers and addresses for local American consulates

Leave one copy with a friend and put the one in a location that is separate from your valuables. Write your name, address and phone number on luggage in covered luggage tag to prevent people from knowing your name or nationality. Place a copy of this information inside of the bag as well, in case your tags get ripped off. Use luggage locks whenever possible.

When away from your resort or hotel, use the hotel safe to protect all important documentation, extra traveler’s checks and credit cards. Bring only what you think you will use while away. This way, if your wallet gets stolen with one of your credit cards, you will have another one waiting at the hotel, along with the photocopied information for how to report your stolen card.

Getting through Customs

Leave all medication or prescriptions in their original containers. If there are any medicines that could be problematic, bring a note from your doctor with the reasons why you are taking the medicine and with written permission.If you have any concerns about certain items being brought into a country, clarify with that countries embassy or consulate. Some medications are acceptable but only until a certain quantity and then it becomes illegal.



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