Traveling is an amazing. You may be adventuring around the world, on a cruise or looking for a warm paradise – they are plenty of things to think about beyond getting the best deal and what clothes to take. The most important item to consider is your safety.
Hmmm not that’s not exciting – how about less stress and no panic while on vacation. You deserve to relax and enjoy your travels make sure you put an action plan check list together before you leave.
BEFORE YOU GO
Make copies of your travel documents: itinerary, passport, travel insurance, credit cards
- give a copy to a trusted friend or family
- Your contact person will know where you are if an emergency arise.
- keep the originals safe and the second copy with you on your travels
- You can use your photocopy if you lose your passport
Check out ‘TRIPIT’ for storing your itinerary and hotel confirmation information
Take all information out of your wallet/purse you will not need – protect against identity theft
Government web sites will give you updates of any potential problems in the areas you are going to and what precautions you may need to take.
- If you are advised not to travel by our government – don’t it’s not safe
- Some countries may have different rules and our cultural values from you – find out
TRAVELS WITHIN ANOTHER COUNTRY
- At the hotel plan your day ahead: routes and directions in advance
- Ask directions from an official (police, transit, shop keeper) – not a stranger
- On a busy street do not look or like a tourist with a map or language phrase book out
- At night time know where you are and get a reputable taxi to take you back to the hotel
- You are an easy target if you accept drinks or take drugs in a foreign country – harm or jail could result
- Be friendly but do not give too much information to waiters, taxi drivers and others
- Stay with a trusted partner or in groups when you can for your safety
TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH – before, during and after your trip
- Make sure you understand your health and get the right travel insurance
- You want to see a doctor before you leave to get a copy of your recent health and medications
- Get your medications ready and pack them in your carry on in case your checked luggage goes missing.
- If you have ongoing health problems check out medical contacts at your sites in case of an emergency
- Have access to cash in some countries the doctor and/or hospital requires cash payment
- Allow your body to rest after crossing time zones, carrying luggage or walking all day – naps are good
- First thing in the morning stretching your arms, legs and back or a swim to get ready for the day’s activities ahead
- Carry fresh water in a reusable water bottle with you at all times to keep your body well hydrated
- Wet naps and sanitizers come in handy in humid climates and long walks; they also prevent the spread of germs/bacteria by cleaning your hands especially before/after a meal
- Identify one fresh and healthy meal each day and carry healthy good snacks to keep your energy up
- Protect your skin from being outdoors by wearing a hat, sun glasses and a sunscreen.
- If you are traveling in an area with mosquitoes and other insects wear an insect repellent to avoid bites/infection
TAKE CARE OF YOUR MONEY & VALUABLES
- Keep some money in your money belt under an item of clothing and out of view
- A back pack or purse is not where valuables should be kept
- Carry only a small amount of cash to use and divide it into different clothing areas
- Check your room before leaving it – safe closed, nothing laying around
- Keep all valuables (jewelry, cash, watches) back in the hotel safe
- Use ATMs that are inside banks make sure they have not been tampered with
- Take two credit cards (different banks if possible) with you – in case you lose one or it does not work
- Tell your bank what country you are traveling to and when – a note on your ebanking may be an option
- Beware of scammers – “if it is too good to be true it probably is” romance, free flights/events, or lottery tax, people in distress or other scams – never give money to others – report any scams to your embassy
WATCH YOUR TECH. APP’S & INTERNET CONNECTIONS
- Relax and be entertained by your travels – try to limit the use of your technology and its applications.
- If your using a phone, tablet or laptop and free WIFI – make sure you use HTTPS: the ‘S’ indicates secure
- If a message shows as ‘unsecured’ it probably is – hackers maybe able to see your passwords or logins
- You are on vacation – be careful not to login to bank accounts, work or personal emails – keep your data and connections secure
- If you are using an internet café or other computer make sure you log out and delete your browsing info. giving you a peace of mind. You may still be logged in to certain web sites like Facebook
- When you get home change your passwords and PINS to ensure your personal information is safe.
If you have travel tips you want to share please write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org