Travel Safety: Tips and Advice for a Hassle-Free Trip

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).

Worth Buying

  •  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.

Luggage Tips

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Travel Safety: Tips and Advice for a Hassle-Free Trip

  •  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).

While Traveling

  •  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.
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