10 Travel Safety Tips Everyone Should Know
17 Jan 2023
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Traveling can be a euphoric experience. So, getting swept away by the thrill of adventure is quite natural. But when you’re in an unfamiliar city or country, it’s important to stay alert and keep your safety in mind. Follow these 10 travel safety tips to make your trip memorable for all the right reasons.
1. Keep a List of Local Emergency Numbers
Make a list of all the required local emergency numbers (police, ambulance, etc.) before your trip to stay prepared for any emergencies. You can either find the numbers online or ask your hotel receptionist. Keep two copies – physical and digital – of the list with you at all times.
2. Get Covered by a Travel Life Insurance
Transportation accidents can happen no matter where you are in the world, but having a travel insurance plan is a simple yet effective way to protect your family’s future while traveling. A good insurance plan can bring you peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.
3. Share Your Itinerary With Family and Friends
Before leaving, share your itinerary with your family or friends, and make sure you stick to your itinerary to ensure your loved ones back home know what will be your plan for the day. Have a designated call time as well to provide updates and let them know you are safe.
4. Keep Your Valuables at the Hotel
It is best to avoid flashing your valuable jewelry or electronics when you are in a crowded tourist spot. Bring out your expensive electronics in public only when required and tuck your jewelry under your clothes. Better yet, leave behind your valuables in your hotel room when going sightseeing.
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5. Travel With a Carry-on Backpack
Less luggage means fewer chances of you misplacing it or having it stolen. Travel backpacks let you carry all your essentials while also allowing you the freedom of going hands-free while exploring. Wear the backpack in front of crowded places for added precaution.
6. Have a Stash of Emergency Cash Ready
All seasoned globetrotters hide a stack of emergency cash with them when traveling. This will come in handy if your wallet gets stolen or you lose it. It will assist you in case you run out of money at an inopportune time.
7. Carry an Antimicrobial Spray
An antimicrobial spray is a highly-effective disinfectant that kills viruses, bacteria, and deadly pathogens. You never know what diseases are lurking where, so an antimicrobial spray will help you keep things sanitized and sterile.
8. Prepare Your Own First Aid Kit
Basic first aid kits and supplies are readily available in most tourist destinations. However, in some cases, their labels and instructions are in the local language. So, the situation can go from bad to worse if you do not know what you are applying or consuming. Therefore, it’s always best to carry your own customized first aid kit from home.
9. Carry TSA Locks for the Hotel Room
Though hotel rooms have their own locks, it’s best to use a quality TSA lock to ensure your safety while sleeping. Carry traditional travel locks for luggage as well and lock all your valuables in a suitcase before you leave your room for sightseeing.
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10. Be Strict About Food and Water Hygiene
Exploring the local culinary delights is a must when traveling but falling sick on your holidays can be a traumatic experience. So only consider those places that are reputable for being hygienic. Also, make sure you carry your own drinking water while sightseeing.
Trust Your Intuition
Keep these travel safety tips in mind next time you’re on a trip and be worry-free and secure. But do rely on your gut feeling as well. Always stay aware of your surroundings and find an alternative if something feels off.
James Deutsch is a writer and content strategist with a passion for travel. Always on the move, he bounces between the west and east coasts, pursuing his love for writing, music, and finding unique knick-knacks and gifts.