If you are planning a trip to a foreign country for business or pleasure, you have many considerations to bear in mind. This includes employing appropriate strategies to enhance your personal safety while traveling abroad. There are nine specific safety strategies that you need to seriously consider employing when on a trip abroad.
Do Not Carry Everything Together
A consistent mistake many people make when traveling abroad is that they carry everything in one place. By this it is meant that they carry everything from cash to credit cards to identification to traveler’s checks in one wallet, purse, or other tote.
There are a variety of items that you should carry on your person. However, you do not need to keep them all in one location. Stow them in different locations on your person.
In addition, you do not need to cart around every valuable item with you when you are out and about in a foreign country. For example, keep extra cash in an appropriate room safe at the hotel. Keep your passport on your person, but leave your driver’s license or other form of ID secured in the room safe.
Do Not Put Anything Valuable in Your Back Pocket
Time and again, people stow important items in back pockets. Men are particularly apt to employ this tactic. When traveling abroad, do not carry anything of value in your back pocket.
Tourists are targets of pickpockets. Keeping things of value in your back opens you up to pickpockets and make you a victim laying in wait.
Make Digital Copies of Vital Documents
Before taking off on a trip abroad, make digital copies of all vital documents. (Make certain that you have access to these digital copies while traveling.)
The documents that need to be converted into digital copies include:
- plane tickets
- travel insurance
- medical insurance card
- immunization record
- driver’s license
Get a Physical and Necessary Vaccines
Before you travel abroad, you need to make certain you know what vaccines are required to be current for the country or countries in which you will travel. Many foreign countries require proof of current vaccinations for admission into their borders. In addition, take the proactive step of getting a physical exam before departing on your trip. Far better to identify a health problem before you take off on an international trip that face a medical emergency while abroad.
Keep the Bling at Home
As tempting as it may be to travel with your best jewelry, keep it at home. Traveling with expensive jewelry, and even high-cost electronics for that matter, draws the attention of the criminal element. You open yourself up to the prospect of being mugged or the victim of some other crime.
Do Not Talk to All Strangers
Follow the advice given by your parents. Do not talk to strangers while traveling abroad. Yes, meeting new people is part of the overall experience of traveling abroad. However, do not go overboard in this regard.
Exercise discretion in regard people you speak with who you do not know. Keep personal information and details about your life to yourself.
Be Cautious on Public WiFi
Internet cafes are highly popular among people traveling abroad. They provide great ways for you to have a coffee and a bite to eat and tend to business online.
With that said, internet cafes are also hot spots for criminals intent on committing identity theft. Avoid using your credit card in any manner in an internet café. This includes using a credit card to pay for access, if paying for use is a requirement. Use cash.
Have Appropriate Insurance
Make sure that you have all necessary insurance in place. The first place to start is with your health insurance coverage. Your current health insurance policy may not provide appropriate coverage when you travel internationally.
In addition, consider obtaining insurance for the personal property that you will be taking on your travels. Take the position that it is far better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the personal property you take along with you while on a trip abroad.
Follow the Local News
Take at least some time to check out the local news when traveling. This includes the news in the country in which you are situated, as well as the specific city in which you are in at a particular point in time. This can assist you in staying abreast of any issues that might have an impact on your safety as a traveler.
Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Documents International LLC, a leading apostille service for individuals and businesses.