Before You Go
- Make copies of your passport, credit cards, tickets, itinerary, insurance and other important documents. Leave one copy with someone at home and put one in each piece of luggage.
- Make copies of telephone numbers and addresses of friends, business contacts and hotels at which you’ll be staying.
- If traveling overseas, have the telephone number and address of the American Embassy and/or Consulate closest to your destination(s).
- Neck wallet: to conceal money, passport and/or credit cards.
- Travel vest: lots of hidden compartments.
- Also consider: money belts, sock wallets and “hidden” wallets, which tuck into pants.
- A wedding band (legit or not) can keep away unwanted advances.
- Insurance that provides evacuation services in case of emergency.
- Go with simple and functional, not fancy, which can draw unwanted attention.
- Put jewelry and other valuables in your carry-on, not in checked luggage.
- Too much luggage can make you vulnerable. Consider shipping some ahead (using shippers you know and trust).
- Leave attention-getting jewelry, as well as expensive and suggestive clothes, at home.
- Keep a credit card and half your money in a suitcase so that one theft doesn’t wipe you out.
- If your hotel requires you to surrender your passport at check-in, keep a copy with you.
- Carry phone numbers and addresses (written in the local language) of where you are staying and/or people you know. If you get lost, show your list to a policeman, taxi driver, shopkeeper or other working person.
- To be safe, use only licensed taxis.
In A Hotel
- Ground-floor rooms are more vulnerable to break-in than those upstairs.
- Concierge floors often offer extra security, including a dedicated staff and elevators requiring special keys.
- In-room safes are a good idea, but the hotel’s main safe is usually more fully insured.