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Guest Blogger: Emily Johnson
With the holidays quickly approaching, chances are many of you are getting ready to hit the open roads or fly the friendly skies. While canceled flights, lost luggage, or a traffic jam is more likely to be your issue, it’s important to give thought to your personal safety before and during your travels.
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or novice, on the road for fun or business, or traveling domestically or abroad, a bit of upfront planning and common sense goes a long way not only to keeping you safe, but also helping to give you peace of mind. You should be rocking that presentation or enjoying those tropical drinks and warm sands. Not standing in a police station filing a report.
Now, I don’t want to scare you away from traveling! I just want you to enjoy every minute of it (or have a productive trip, for you business travelers out there). So here are some tips to staying safe while traveling to keep in mind before you go and while you’re on the go.
Who wants to return from their travels only to find their house has been burglarized or damaged? I know I don’t! So, before leaving it’s important to make sure your home is safeguarded from both outside threats and indoor ones.
Designate an emergency contact and give them a copy of your travel itinerary. While on the road, make sure to check in with family or friends to let them know your whereabouts. That way someone will be able to alert authorities should they not hear from you.
It is always a good idea to give copies of your important travel documents (such as your passport) to your emergency contact in the event your passport or other important information goes missing. You may also want to consider getting a passport card in addition to your passport as a backup should it be needed.
You never need insurance until you need insurance. Travel insurance is important to not only give you peace of mind, but to also help protect you financially in the event you get sick, are forced to cancel your plans or valuable objects go missing while you’re out on the beach. It is also important to check with your medical insurance provider to see what their policy is regarding travel medical coverage.
Most of us now travel with mobile phones. If you’re planning to travel abroad, you need to call your carrier in advance to see what international calling plans they have available.
Before you go, make sure you know! Hop online or reach out to people you know to gather as much information about your destination as possible before you arrive. What kind of information, you ask?
It’s important to let your bank know where you’ll be to prevent unnecessary fraud alerts from stopping you being able to use your credit card or take out cash. As an aside, make sure you always carry emergency cash with you (or traveler’s checks) but keep it secure.
While it’s unlikely, it’s important to have a pre-set plan in place that everyone in your party is familiar with just in case something happens. What do you do if you lose your wallet (or its stolen)? What do you do if you get sick? These are the things to think about before they happen.
This is a broad topic ranging from packing what you need to leaving what you don’t at home. Unless it’s something you need, consider leaving valuables such as those diamonds and Rolex watch at home.
Expensive jewelry and other items can make you a target for theft. Also, consider packing personal protective gear, such as an armored backpack insert or laptop case. And always pack (and double check that you have) a first aid kit, bleed control kit, and your medicine.
If you’re traveling a long distance or abroad, chances are you’re flying. Here are a few transportation specific safety tips to keep in mind:
Just like flying, traveling the open road comes with transportation specific safety tips that again, you need to keep in mind:
While personal safety should be of the highest priority while traveling, it shouldn’t ruin your fun. By being aware of the tips and tricks you should utilize to stay safe and doing a bit of up-front planning and research, you can have a safe and enjoyable trip.Happy Travels!
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