Whether you’re a seasoned road warrior or occasional traveler gearing up for the family’s spring break trip, giving attention to the unique security risks of travel will make your journey safer, more secure and more fun.
Here are 10 tips from Secure Pacific to get you started:
1. Travel light, you’ll have less to keep track of. Before you go, remove all unnecessary items from your wallet (social security card, library card, credit cards you don’t expect to use, etc.). Dress modestly; don’t wear expensive (or expensive looking) jewelry or a camera around your neck.
2. When traveling with children, talk about strangers and what your children should do if they get lost.
3. Leave with a family member or trusted friend copies of:
- your itinerary
- your passport
- your tickets
- your driver's license
- current pictures of children traveling
- the credit cards you will take with you
- the serial numbers of travelers' checks
4. Don’t list your home address on luggage tags. For business travel, tag luggage with your office address; for family travel, tag luggage with your destination address.
5. Be vigilant in higher risk areas, such as subways, train stations, elevators, tourist sites, market places, festivals and demonstrations or other civil disturbances.
6. Choose handbags with a shoulder strap and wear it across your chest.
7. Watch for pickpockets. They often have an accomplice distract you by asking the time or for directions.
8. If confronted, don't fight back. Nothing is more valuable than the well-being of you and your family.
9. Always keep your hotel door locked and have all visitors meet you in the lobby. If you will be out late, let hotel staff know when to expect you back.
10. Travel with a basic first aid kit, including bandages, bug repellent, sunscreen, alcohol packets, etc. Include a small flashlight. Keep it near you and by your hotel bed at night.
For more tips, visit the US State Department website.