When you’re traveling to new and interesting places, you want to make sure you take all the right safety precautions so that you spend all your time enjoying the destination! After traveling as much as I have, I’ve learned how best to stay safe when I travel (especially when you’re alone and can only rely on yourself!). I’m going to share with you my top 20 travel safety tips to help you have the safest and happiest vacation ever:
Before You Go
1. Send your itinerary to a friend or family member so that they know where you’re supposed to be. If anything goes not according to plan, they’ll be able to check into it. Also print your itinerary for yourself, so that you have a hard copy to rely on as a back-up.
2. Register with your government’s safe traveler program if you’re traveling internationally. This way the government is accountable for your whereabouts too!
3. Buy travel health insurance. Nothing sucks more than getting sick on the road and it would be even worse if you couldn’t afford the medical care you need.
5. Print a copy of your passport and scan a copy to your email. Print and send to a friend as well. Then if anything happens to your passport while you’re traveling, you’ll have multiple options for dealing with it!
6. Pack a basic first aid kit (get it here >> http://amzn.to/1p0LdW8). You’ll be able to handle minor bumps and bruises right away.
7. Write down some key phrases in the local language. Then even if you can’t pronounce them you’ll be able to point and show someone what you need.
8. Make sure you have a security system in place at home so that you don’t have to worry about your home’s safety while you’re out traveling! Set up your home security with SimpliSafe, the most ridiculously easy home security system to set up and use >> http://simplisafe.com/
9. Buy an international data plan on your phone. It’s absolutely imperative so you can use your Google Maps when you’re trying to get around. Alternatively, you could buy a SIM card at your destination if you’re going for a longer trip and have an unlocked phone. You can also buy a cheap little phone at your destination just so that you can call and text locally as needed.
10. Write down how to get from the airport to your hostel or hotel, it will be the first information you need at your destination. Tackle that first obstacle like a pro!
When You’re There
11. Dress conservatively. You don’t want to be attracting any extra attention, especially negative attention!
12. Don’t go out at night alone. It’s just common sense but it’s one of the most important travel safety tips. If you need to go somewhere at night, find someone at your hostel or hotel that can go with you.
13. When you’re out sightseeing, carry the hostel or hotel’s business card. In case you need to catch a cab back, you can just show the driver the card which cuts down on any language barrier issues.
14. Try to dress as normal as possible. Don’t go overboard with the tourist outfit (fanny pack, sneakers, camera around your neck, etc.). You might stick out of the crowd anyway (hello tall blonde in Asia!), but at least if you dress normally they may assume you’re a student or expat or someone that knows what they’re doing here.
15. Carry cash (both your currency and the local currency), an ATM card, and a credit card, at all times. You’ll want to have options if you’re in a pinch and need to make an emergency purchase.
16. Don’t wear headphones when you’re walking around. You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
17. Don’t pull out a big map in the middle of the sidewalk. Instead, step into a coffeeshop so you can discretely figure out where the heck you are and where you’re trying to go.
18. Be cautious about who you ask for directions. I like asking hotel concierges (even if it’s not your own), subway attendants, police officers, etc.
19. Carry around a hard copy of the city map so that you won’t be in trouble if your phone runs out of battery.
20. Stay aware of your surroundings and belongings at all times. This will help you avoid any problems before they happen because you’re keeping tabs on the situation.
There are my top 20 travel safety tips, learned both the hard and easy way throughout my travels. Please learn from me, heed my advice, and stay safe when you travel. I promise it’s a lot more fun when you know you’re looking out for your safety! What other travel safety tips do you have?
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