Top 40 Travel Safety Tips

A successful holiday is not just about the place where you’ll hang out, but also is linked to some travel rules or steps that you should take, especially to avoid any risk. For that, we made ​​the top most important safety tips that ensure your holiday safely, as long as you keep them in mind.

1. When planning your holiday in a country located in areas of civil and armed conflicts or with restrictive laws, inform yourself and take into account the warnings provided by the embassy of the respective country. Periodically visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2. It’s good to have the contact number of your embassy. In case your country has no embassy, you can ask for help from the British Embassy or the United States Embassy.

3. Travel insurance is of great importance, because it will be useful in case of accidents or incidents.

4. Check the expiry date of the passport, because some countries require it to be valid at least 6 months of starting the journey.

5. Scan your important documents before you travel and make copies of them. In case of theft or loss, it is handy to have additional copies of your passport, identification cards and flight itineraries that you can easily access from your Smartphone or tablet.

6. Keep in safe places your documents and personal values, such as tickets, money and credit cards. Copies of important documents must be kept separately from the originals, can be useful in case of loss / theft.

7. Check before you go if your mobile phone option is valid in roaming and if you can contact by phone those at home. Check also the roaming charges and if you have access to the Internet option. Make a list of useful websites that can be accessed from your phone.

8. When traveling for a few days, do not pack too much! You do not need to carry with you a lot of unnecessary things.

9. Pay attention with the English issue. In some countries almost all is written only in the local language and most locals do not understand any word in English. It is good to learn some key words in that language, so you can handle.

10. Use internet cafes only for ordinary things: to see places to go, what to visit, etc. Do not under any circumstances put your bank account nor access your email, if you have an important data. There are all sorts of programs that store data and leave with you no money in the account.

11. If you intend to make a long trip, consult a doctor before departure. In case of any illness or allergy, you should take with you the medication and to keep it in its original packaging. Otherwise, there is the risk of being confiscated at the airport. Keep your medication in your hand luggage. You never know how the checked luggage may be lost with your medication too.

12. If you use medicines with prescription, it is advisable to have with you the recipe prescribed by your doctor.

13. Consult with your travel agent or doctor which vaccines are required. On the territory of some countries, the risk of yellow fever, malaria and other infectious diseases is extremely high.

14. When preparing luggage, you should roll the clothes and also use vacuum bags to save as much space.

15. Choose the airplane mode for Smartphone battery to last longer.

16. See the weather before you leave. Often the weather can be changeable from day to day, and in summer there is a risk if you go in warm destinations, to be excessively hot, and in winter, if you go in cold destinations, might be the risk of heavy snow, avalanche or fog.

17. Be very careful when you leave with your pet. In some countries there are strict rules or is necessary to obtain a special certificate. Ask your country's embassy, and find all the necessary information.

18. The best moments in which you can use the toilet, are after the plane is stabilized and 15-20 minutes before landing.

19. Choose seats near the wings to feel less turbulence. Seats near the wings usually do not move so much while flying, because they have a stronger support.

20. To avoid possible thefts, don’t try to stand out by opulent and expensive clothing, jewelry or other accessories. Make sure you hold tight your bag when travelling, especially in crowned places.

21. Refuse to participate in gambling on the street. You will be fooled and you will lose your money.

22. Do not engage to carry luggage of strangers. There is a risk that they contain prohibited goods, and you will bear the consequences of the law!

23. Respect local traditions and customs. Some social behaviour may fall under the criminal law of the country, so is very important to get informed.

24. Avoid as much as possible the involvement in street demonstrations or events in the countries visited.

25. Ask the receptionist of the hotel / hostel which are the unsafe places. Avoid walking around at night and especially in places without too many people.

26. In the hotel room, do not leave anything of value on sight. The temptation remains temptation. Anyone can leave the room with your laptop if the door is open while clean up and nobody is inside.

27. Do not leave your bag unattended anywhere. Not even at the reception or in a restaurant hanger.

28. In the airport, never leave bags unattended because they could be stolen or used to transport illegal objects on board. At the same time, the abandoned luggage can seem suspicious and can be confiscated.

29. Always use ATMs to take out money. Do not get cheated by people who want to help or to change your money. They certainly are very suspicious and have bad intentions. Also, to change money, use only authorized exchanges, to avoid receiving much less or fake money.

30. Always have some extra money on the card, because the cash reserves may end. You never know when you will need some money for unexpected expenses.

31. Try as much as possible, not to look like a tourist. Study how the locals dress and try to adapt it to your style. So you will not stand out and you'll avoid to be extra charged when you’ll pay the check at the restaurant or buy from a store products.

32. Be very careful about pickpockets who often work in teams and can fool you, distracting your attention.

33. In case you are mugged, don’t try to fight back, because the most important is your health and life, than some money.

34. Do not venture to eat all kinds of food on the street. Either may be too spicy or not properly cooked or the aliments from which are cooked can be altered.

35. Drink only bottled water. In some countries water is not drinkable and it can cause stomach problems or allergies.

36. Everywhere you go, regularly wash your hands or use antibacterial wipes. Also wash fruits and vegetables.

37. From one country to the other, outlets are different, so a multi-adapter is extremely useful and a handy solution to charging multiple devices.

38. Always ask permission to local people to take pictures of them. Thus, you’ll ensure that your camera will not be confiscated or smashed.

39. Time zone differences might be a problem. Give yourself a day to sleep and adaptation. Do not go exploring the city, before being rested.

40. Tell the bank you went on a journey. So they will not block the card as soon as will notice that you made ​​payments abroad, believing that someone is in possession of your card.


Anna Corelli
14 Oct 2014 16:08
Very useful!

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