Travel Safety Tips


Before You Go

What to Take

Always try to travel light to move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand. 

Your and credit cards are most secure when locked in a hotel safe. When you have to carry passport, cash and credit cards, you may wish to put them each in a different place rather than all in one wallet or pouch.

If you wear glasses, pack an extra pair. Pack them and any medicines you need in your carry-on luggage. Bring travelers’ checks and one or two major credit cards instead of cash.

Pack an extra set of passport photos along with a photocopy of your passport’s information page to make replacement of your passport easier in the event it is lost or stolen.

Put your name, address and telephone numbers inside and outside of each piece of luggage. Use covered luggage tags to avoid casual observation of your identity or nationality. If possible, lock your luggage.

 

What to Leave Behind

Don't bring anything you would hate to lose. Leave at home:

  • Valuable or expensive-looking jewelry
  • Irreplaceable family objects
  • All unnecessary credit cards
  • Your Social Security card, library card, and similar items you may routinely carry in your wallet.

Leave a copy of your schedule with family or friends at home in case they need to contact you in an emergency.

 


Precautions to Take While Traveling

 

Safety on the Street

  • Don't use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly lit streets.
  • Try not to travel alone at night.
  • Avoid public demonstrations and other civil disturbances.
  • Keep a low profile and avoid loud conversations or arguments.
  • Beware of pickpockets. They often have an accomplice who will:
  • Wear the shoulder strap of your bag across your chest and walk with the bag away from the curb to avoid drive-by purse-snatchers.
  • Know how to use a pay telephone and have the proper change or token on hand.
  • Make a note of emergency telephone numbers you may need: police, fire, your hotel, and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • If you are confronted, don't fight back -- give up your valuables.

 

Safety in Your Hotel

  • Keep your hotel door locked at all times. Meet visitors in the lobby.
  • Do not leave money and other valuables in your hotel room while you are out. Use the hotel safe.
  • If you are out late at night, let someone know when you expect to return.
  • If you are alone, do not get on an elevator if there is a suspicious-looking person inside.
  • Read the fire safety instructions in your hotel room.

 

Safety on Public Transportation

Only take taxis clearly identified with official markings .When you travel by train or bus if you see your way being blocked by a stranger and another person is very close to you from behind, move away. This can happen in the corridor of the train or on the platform or station.

Do not accept food or drink from strangers. Criminals have been known to drug food or drink offered to passengers. Criminals may also spray sleeping gas in train compartments.

 

 

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