No matter where you travel it is always important to follow certain tips to keep you safe. Whenever you go to an unfamiliar place it is very easy to become distracted, and that is when you are vulnerable to the local thieves. With that in mind, here are some important travel safety tips that are simple to follow.
The first thing any traveller should do is research the destination you are going to. Have an itinerary that you can leave at home with someone just in case they need to contact you. If you plan on driving, have a maps and GPS system to help guide you along. Think about joining an organization such as AAA that can help plan your trip, but most of all which is very important is that they offer roadside assistance.
When travelling to a foreign country, you will need a current valid passport. If you don’t have one then check out the U.S. State Department’s website to apply or renew your passport. If you do plan on driving in the foreign country it is important to check to see if your license is valid there. In some instances you will need an international driving permit in order to drive a car.
Always keep the local U.S. consulate or embassy’s address and phone number handy. Register with the U.S. State Department to make it simpler for the U.S. government to help should you find yourself in an emergency situation.
Make photocopies of your airline tickets, visa, passport and keep one set of copies in a safe place and leave other copies at home with someone you trust. Speak with your insurance company to see what is valid if you travel outside the country. You may have to purchase additional travel insurance depending on where you’re going. This is important since health related emergencies can get quite expensive without insurance.
Travel safety tips should also include what you bring along with you. Always travel light, and never take valuables that you don’t need. If you do bring expensive items keep them in a secure place, preferably a hotel safe if that is where you are staying. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and be wary of all strangers.
Easy to follow safety tips while travelling are important to know because without them you could find yourself in a vulnerable situation. Keep these tips in mind whenever you take your next trip.