People who go traveling often worry about their safety. After all, while it’s true that there are dangers at home, those are the dangers you know and understand. When you’re off in a foreign country or even just four states over, there’s no telling who you might meet and what might happen next. If only for your peace of mind, remember these safer travel tips for the next time you plan a trip.
Move Your Valuables
Whether it’s your back pocket or your purse, thieves in big crowds know where people tend to keep their cards and cash and can quickly steal them away. Regular theft isn’t as common now, thanks to the move to plastic and digital payments, but someone with your wallet or purse could still get enough information to let someone commit identity theft.
When you’re traveling you should only keep the documents you need and carry as little cash as possible. You might also want to get something you can hide your money in, but even just your front pocket is an improvement.
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Missing or battered luggage isn’t as common as the horror stories make it seem, but it does happen. On top of that, extra luggage means extra fees, so packing everything into a single carry-on bag means you get to keep your costs down even as you keep all your belongings close to you at all times. If you can’t avoid bringing along a lot of luggage, make sure your carry-on includes essentials like your toiletries, your papers, and a change of clothing.
If you’re traveling by car you don’t have to worry so much about size restrictions, but you should still limit the amount of luggage you bring. If you keep everything in one bag it helps you stay organized and it makes it harder for you to forget something important when it’s time to check out.
Plan for Emergencies
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Bad things can happen when you’re far from home. Car accidents, infections, medical emergencies, or natural disasters can strike anywhere. You can’t plan for everything, but there are some steps you can take to minimize your risks.
- Make sure your booster shots are up-to-date and you get any extra you need for the country you’re visiting. You should also get a basic physical while you’re at it so nothing will catch you by surprise while you’re somewhere unfamiliar.
- Buy some traveler’s insurance and consider a service such as Medjet medical transport insurance before you leave. If you’re stuck in a questionable overseas hospital, Medjet can arrange transportation to better services back home.
- Set your smartphone to alert you if it gets news about disaster warnings in your area.
- Bring along a first-aid kit and any medical supplies you might need.
You should also keep in mind that as a tourist you’ll be obviously out of place and easy pickings for con artists. So stay wary, pack carefully, and keep an ear open for any disasters that might be headed your way. If you give your safety some basic thought, you’ll be able to have an enjoyable trip no matter how far from home you go.
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