Vacation time is often the best time of the year, when you get to visit new places and see new sights. If you’re planning an escape to a destination you’ve never been to you may be so excited about the things you’re going to do and see that you forget one of the most important things about traveling: safety. While it’s pretty obvious you should avoid the shady sides of town, there are other aspects that might not come to mind when you’re enthralled about your new discoveries.
Here are some tips to keep you safe while away from home:
Be aware. Keep an eye on those around you, and keep your purse or wallet secure at all times. Remember that pickpockets and other thieves make a living off the misfortune of others and pay attention to your surroundings.
Use what you have. Usually the hotel will have a sage either behind the front desk or inside your room, so remember to store your valuables before leaving your room. While hotels carefully screen their prospective employees, you don’t want to be the victim of the one that slipped through the cracks.
Be prepared. If you plan to go into a strange area such as hiking in a park make sure the trails are well marked. It’s a good idea to purchase a GPS if you get easily sidetracked or lost, as you can enter your hotel information and get quick directions back to your room.
Use the buddy system. Whenever possible you should stick with your group or find a travel partner, especially if you’re exploring away from the main area of your destination town. Two or more people are a hassle for criminals, and they’ll pass you up for an easier mark.
Keep your personal information handy. Your credit cards will be useless if their stolen and you don’t have the account numbers or contact information to report the fact, so make sure the info is in a secure location where you can easily get it if needed. It’s a good idea to have a trusted friend or family member hold your information while you’re away so you can get it with a quick phone call.
Did we say phone call? If you’re like most of us, all your contacts are in your phone. Have a backup SD card or other means of accessing your contact list, so if your phone is stolen you can still call for help!