Traveling for business or for fun should not be a stressful experience. There are some simple and smart things that you can do to ensure that you remain safe and your belongings are secure. Here are some tips for travel safety.
Learn About Your Destination and Accommodations
Find out as much as you can about your destination well before your departure, especially if you are traveling internationally. Research safe neighborhoods to stay in that are close to the venues you will be visiting. Locate the embassy of your country of origin. Know the public transportation options. Educate yourself on the local laws and customs, including etiquette and appropriate attire.
Find out how secure your hotel is. Do they have 24-hour security on staff? Are the room locks high-tech? Is there a safe in each room for valuables? Does the front desk take your passport?
Avoiding having to check a bag is a bonus if you can manage it. The prospect of your luggage ending up on the wrong flight or in the hands of strangers can be an overwhelming experience. If you have to check a bag, make sure your carry-on has essentials, like toiletries, medications, a change of clothing for one day, phone and tablet chargers, and important documents. Practical, wrinkle-free, monochromatic clothing can be rolled up to fit in a carry-on. And, leave valuable accessories, like jewelry, at home.
Make copies of all of your travel documents, including your passport, birth certificate, and itinerary with addresses and phone numbers. Carry one copy with you in a separate bag and leave a copy at home with a relative or friend.
Your medical insurance policy might not do you any good in a foreign country or even in another state. Get necessary vaccinations, stay hydrated with bottled water, eat nourishing meals, exercise, and get plenty of rest. Consider travel insurance that includes a medical evacuation clause to pay for getting you out of the country in an emergency.
Be Cautious with your Technology
You can protect your technology and identity by resisting using unsecured, open Wi-Fi access, as tempting as it might be. Change your passwords, and make sure your anti-virus software and firewalls are up to date.
With a little bit of planning ahead and some smart strategies, you can experience a safe and worry-free vacation or business trip. Mostly, enjoy yourself.