Traveling to unknown destinations can bring you the kinds of problems that you don’t want to experience while traveling, namely theft, rape, or murder. Tourists are often victims of perpetrators because they do not prepare properly before embarking on a trip. Let’s examine some things you need to do to prevent your travels from turning into a tragedy:
1. Never include your home address on your luggage tag. If you are traveling on business, put the business address on the label; If you visit friends, you can indicate their address. Also use covered luggage tags.
2. Keep your luggage until the luggage is checked. If you must put down your bag, keep one foot on the handle.
3. Take important papers with you; NEVER mark anything that you simply cannot afford to lose. Photocopy your passport, driver’s license, and credit cards.
4. Bring a small flashlight. You never know when you will suddenly find yourself “in the dark” and find yourself in an unfamiliar environment. At night, keep your flashlight next to your bed.
5. make sure your prescriptions are filled adequately and labeling precisely. In some countries, certain prescription drugs are prohibited.
6. Never wear anything that projects wealth. There should be no gold chains, expensive watches and rings, luggage or other paraphernalia in sight. Even better: leave your jewelry at home.
7. If possible, travel with just one or two credit cards.
8. Women, in particular, should never accept a drink from a stranger. Watch your drink at all times.
9. Vary your schedule; Try not to come and go at the same time every day.
10. Stay only in a hotel that uses key cards to open room doors and make sure your room has a peephole and a deadbolt. Secure the chain and secure the door by pressing a rubber stop under it.
11. Stay in a room near a staircase. Never take the elevator if you detect fire or smoke. Always stay in a hotel where the doors enter the hallway and not directly from the outside.
12. Don’t wear your name tags in public.
13. Do not use unmarked taxis.
14. Sit behind the driver so you can see him, but he cannot see you.
15. Pay the driver upon arrival at your destination and while still seated in the vehicle.
16. If you must rent a car, do so only through a reputable company. Any operational problems that occur could be a sign of sabotage.
17. Be on the lookout for “simulated” car accidents meant to catch you off the card.
18. Return to your parking spaces to facilitate a quick exit.
19. Park only in well-lit and busy areas.
20. If your cell phone doesn’t work out of the country, consider renting one that does work during your trip.
21. If you are detained for any reason by an officer, ask for identification. When in doubt, tell them that you want to see their superior. Keep your emotions in check.
22. If you are traveling with children, please bring an updated photograph of each child in case you are separated from them.
23. Write your child’s name and hotel number on each card; Include the contact information of a close friend or family member on the card. Give each child a card that they will take with them while you are away. Destroy once at home.
24. Talk to your family about what they would do in an emergency while they are away from home, for example, who to call, how to contact emergency personnel, and so on.
25. Do not discuss your travel plans, your room number or any other personal information in public within earshot of strangers.
26. Carry a basic first aid kit with bandages, iodine, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, alcohol packets, dramamine, pepto bismol, diarrhea medicine, etc.
27. Familiarize yourself with the train and bus schedules before you travel. Have an alternate plan in place in case your transportation plans change.
28. Do not show your passport in public. Discreetly show important documents only to officials.
29. Consider purchasing portable alarms that make a loud sound.
30. Be on the lookout for scams on the street. Children who work with adults are known as pickpockets.
31. Never show your money in public. Exchange funds only with reputable and recognized exchangers.
32. Have the tips ready in advance to receive in person.
33. Consider hiring an escort [security] service if traveling in areas where crime is high.
The key to traveling safely in any area is situational awareness. Distractions by luggage, children, hotel staff, strangers, etc. it can put you at risk. Know your surroundings and stay in control of every situation.