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33 Travel Safety Tips

Traveling to unfamiliar destinations can bring to you the sort of troubles you do not want to see during the street namely: robbery, rape, or murder. Tourists often fall prey to perpetrators as they do not prepare properly before starting your trip. Let's examine some things you want to do to avoid your travels from becoming a tragedy:

1. Never list your house address around the luggage tag. If on business, place the company's address on the tag; if visiting friends you can list their address. Use covered luggage tags too.

2. Stick with your luggage before the luggage is checked. If you must place your bag down, keep one foot around the handle.

3. Carry important papers with you; NEVER check anything that you simply can't afford to lose. Photocopy your passport, driver's license and charge cards.

4. Bring a small flashlight. Who knows when you'll suddenly be "in the dark" and find yourself in unfamiliar surroundings. At night, keep the flashlight by your bed.

5. Ensure your prescription medicines are filled properly and labeled accurately. In some countries certain prescription medicines are forbidden.

6. Never wear anything that projects affluence. No gold chains, expensive watches and rings, luggage, or other paraphernalia should be in easy view. Even better: leave your jewelry at home.

7. If at all possible travel with only one or two credit cards.

8. Women particularly should never accept a drink from the stranger. Keep an eye on your drink all the time.

9. Vary your schedule; try not to come and go simultaneously everyday.

10. Only remain in expensive hotels that uses cards to spread out room doors and make sure your living space includes a peephole along with a deadbolt lock. Secure the chain and secure the doorway by pushing a rubber stop under it.

11. Stay in an area near a stairwell. Never take the elevator if a fire or smoke is detected. Always remain in a hotel in which the doors go into the hallway and never directly from the exterior.

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12. Don't wear name tags in public.

13. Don't use unmarked taxi cabs.

14. Sit behind the driver so that you can see him, but he cannot see you.

15. Pay the driver upon arriving at your destination even though you're still relaxing in the vehicle.

16. If you must rent a car, rent only from the reputable company. Any operating issues that occur could signal sabotage.

17. Be aware of 'staged' automobile accidents meant to catch you off card.

18. Back to your parking spaces to facilitate a fast exit.

19. Park only in well lit and well traveled areas.

20. In case your cell phone does not work outside of the country, opt to rent one that does throughout your trip.

21. If detained for whatever reason by an official, ask for identification. If uncertain, tell them that you want to see his superior. Keep your emotions under control.

22. If going with children, bring along an updated photograph of each child when you feel separated from their store.

23. Write your son or daughter's name as well as your hotel number on each card; incorporate a close friend's or relative's contact information around the card. Provide a card to every child which they will carry together so long as you are away. Destroy once home.

24. Discuss with your loved ones what they would do in the event of an emergency while abroad, e.g. whom to call, how you can contact emergency personnel, etc.

25. Don't discuss departure date, your living space number or any other private information in public places within earshot of strangers.

26. Take along a basic emergency first aid kit with bandages, iodine, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, alcohol packets, dramamine, pepto bismol, diarrhea medicine, etc.

27. Familiarize yourself with train and bus schedules before traveling. Come with an alternate plan in position in the event your transportation plans change.

28. Don't flash your passport in public places. Discreetly show important documents to officials only.

29. Consider purchasing portable alarms that emit a loud sound.

30. Watch for scams in the pub. Children working with adults are notorious as pickpockets.

31. Never flash your money in public. Exchange funds with reputable and recognized exchangers only.

32. Have tips ready in advance for service personnel.

33. Opt to rent an escort [security] service if traveling in areas where crime is high.

The important thing to safe driving any area is situational awareness. Distractions due to luggage, children, hotel personnel, strangers, etc. can put you at risk. Know your surroundings and remain in control of every situation.

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