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Travel Security Tips to Stay Safe While You’re Away

One of the most important things to consider as a traveler is travel security.

A lot of people on vacation are often engrossed with the good time and fun they are enjoying, while people traveling for business are typically focused on a pressing assignment or project. As a result, safety is either pushed aside or completely ignored.

There are several precautions that should be taken when you travel. However, travel safety is a relative thing, and the type of safety precaution to be taken by individuals depends on your travel location and what you’ll be doing while on your trip. For instance:

 

  • A holiday at the beach means your safety considerations will lean toward water and boat safety for children and adults.
  • Travel safety tips for business trips might include added security for sensitive documents or currencies.
  • Those on a hunting or fishing trip should consider precautions to avoid unfortunate accidents and weapon safety.

However, regardless of the type of journey you undertake, some things remain the same. This article will discuss some of the essential travel safety tips you’ll need to take into consideration during your trip.

HOME SAFETY

Firstly, protect your home before leaving for a trip. Here are a few useful practices to remember:

  • Your house shouldn’t look like it is empty.
  • Ensure you make it appear that someone is inhabiting your residence while you’re away.
  • Keep your curtains and blinds in the same positions where they’d be on a typical day.
  • Make a call to stop your newspaper and mail until you return from your travels.
  • Ensure that doors and windows are well bolted, and set lights on timer to go on and off at scheduled times.

HOTEL SAFETY

  • When making room reservation, request a lower floor, close to the elevator. Don’t take an elevator with a stranger, especially if the person looks suspicious. It is advisable you get on an elevator with a family. This is more secure.
  • Make sure you go through the fire safety instructions in your room. Get familiar with the nearest fire exits and try to get your room located to one.
  • Always keep your door locked, and use interior locking devices such as safety chains.
  • Ensure that you look through the peephole before opening the door for anyone. If it is a hotel staff, ask to see his/her identification.
  • Utilize a safe deposit box provided in the hotel; never leave valuables in your room.

DRIVING SAFETY

  • If driving, make sure you park in well-traveled and well-lit areas. Don’t use poorly-lit streets, shortcuts or narrow alleyways.
  • When you park, even for short stops, lock your car and take the keys with you. Don’t leave the engine running with the keys in the ignition.
  • Keep valuables, credit cards, wallets and other important things out of plain view.
  • Make sure you take any parking tickets with you, don’t leave them in the car. Parking attendants will always ask for the parking ticket to ascertain ownership of the car before the car exits the parking lot. This will help keep car thieves away.
  • Before you re-enter your car, check the back seat to make sure that no one is hiding inside the car while you’re away.
  • It is also important to write a note to yourself about where you parked your car. People tend to forget things easily when they are in a different city and in unusual surroundings.

Here are some additional general tips to help you stay secure in various travel situations…

  • When traveling, use a luggage tag that has a cover, as using an exposed address tag advertises the fact that you are traveling out of town. Ensure that you travel light, limit your luggage to one big bag and a small one you can carry about, (if you can,) and don’t leave your luggage unattended for even a brief moment.
  • Don’t announce your arrival by wearing name tags in the public. This could make you a victim of identity theft; which is one of the fastest growing crimes of this century.
  • Always try to blend in with the crowd. Tourists go about with cameras, money and other valuables. This makes them the most obvious targets.
  • If you can’t afford the service of a transportation company, ensure that you only take taxis with official government markings. These are more secure. While in the taxi, sit behind the driver. This way, you can see him but he can’t see you.
  • Be conscious of your surroundings. Keep your valuables inside inner pockets to avoid falling victim of pickpockets. Pickpockets operate in teams of 2’s and 3’s; one will try bumping into you to get you distracted. Don’t fall for this, once you are distracted, others swing into action and make away with your valuables.
  • Be biosecurity conscious. Medical conditions such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can be fatal to travelers. Don’t touch an injured person even if you’re medical personnel; call for an ambulance instead. Drink enough water and ensure you take a short walk after sitting down for a long time to help your circulatory system.
  • In case you travel with your family, keep an eye on the kids always. Children tend to be over-adventurous. Stick together and tell them not to accept anything from strangers… not even free advice!

Lastly, stay safe, have fun and enjoy your trip!

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