15 Safety Tips And Tricks Anyone Traveling Abroad Should Read
These 15 tips and tricks will help you feel more secure when traveling! Traveling is one of the best experiences in the world, but it's important to take precautions when you're abroad. Doing so will ensure that you'll not only have an amazing time but a safe time, as well. Safe travels!
Learn how to communicate your allergies, if traveling to a foreign place
Make sure to learn how to write and pronounce the name of the food, product, or medicine are you allergic to in the local language. Tip: write down these names on a card or in your phone notes!
Download offline maps and translation apps
When traveling, you might not always have a service or WiFi available, pre-downloading the maps of the area you're in can really help you navigation around without any panic.
Confuse pick-pockets with the help of a dummy wallet
Buy a cheap wallet and fill it with fake or plastic cards and fake cash that looks real. Offer this wallet to a pickpocket if they attempt to rob you of your belongings. Just don't forget to carry this dummy wallet as you would a real one, in your purse or pocket.
Place a glass on your door handle
If you're nervous going to bed when traveling, try placing a glass over the door handle -- that way if someone were to sneak in, it'll immediately fall and alert you of someone breaking in.
Learn the schedule of the local public transport
So you don't miss the last bus for the day, be sure to know the time chart and calculate your plans around it.
Carry a waterproof wallet
Use a plastic wallet or a plastic card holder to carry some small, but important items when you travel. Put anything inside that you might need in case of an emergency: a folded copy of your passport, your photo, emergency phone numbers, your hotel card, and some cash. Plastic is waterproof and it will protect your belongings from damage.
Don't travel with expensive belongings
Be careful bringing expensive belongings when traveling, and if you do, be sure not to flash it around as it may attract unwanted attention.
Email yourself scans of important documents
This is very important, make sure to scan all your important documents have them within your dropbox, google images, or whatever service you use to store your images. This will come in handy if you misplace or lost important documents such as your passport.
Always take your ATM receipts with you
Probably the most common theft overseas comes from people stealing tourists identity through the ATMs. ATM receipts may display your location, recent transactions, balance, the last digits of the card and account numbers. Don't forget about general ATM usage safety rules:
- Make sure no one's behind you when you enter your PIN number;
- Don't use poorly lit machines or those which are located in deserted areas;
- Don't count your cash or look through your belongings while standing at an ATM.
Look for secure internet connections
Avoid typing email passwords and website logins, and avoid logging into your bank account, work email, and other sensitive accounts, when using unsecure connections.
Put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door when you leave the room
When you leave the room, turn the radio or TV on, and place a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door handle. By doing this you will give potential thieves the impression that you are inside the room.
Avoid using the safe in your room
Hotel safes are easy to break into and they are the first thing that is targeted if your room is robbed. Address the check-in counter to see if there are any other options of keeping your belonging safe.
Avoid mentioning your personal data out loud when checking-in
You never know who might be listening and storing your information. Instead, write your information on a piece of water, or your phone and show it to the check-in clerk.
Be sure to always check the locks on windows and door
Check the locks on the windows and the balcony door when you arrive and each time you return, since housekeeping may open them and forget to lock them again
Choose a room on the 2nd, 3nd, or 4th floor
Security specialists are sure that it's better to choose a room between the 2nd and the 4th floor. The ground floor is too easy to access from the ground, while floors from 2nd to 4th are too high for thieves, but low enough for fire truck ladders to reach in case of an emergency. Moreover, in many hotels, the 2nd and above floors require a key to access the floor, which makes it harder for thieves to get to your room.
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