When you decide to travel outside your country whether, for business or pleasure, it can be very scary and sometimes hectic. Here are some tips that will keep you and your belongings safe when you are on foreign soil.
1. Keep an eye on your belongings
Ensure you keep your wallet and travel documents somewhere no one can easily take out, either in your front pocket or a neck bag. Also, ensure that your bag is properly locked to avoid someone opening it and stealing your things.
2. Keep your camera away
Do not carry your camera on your arm or around your neck as you go around town. This will attract thieves. Keep it in you closed backpack and only take it out when you need to use it.
3. Keep your wallets and purses hidden
Do not put your purse or wallet on display if you do not want someone to relieve you of it. Ensure you carry your purse at your from and keep your wallet in your front pocket where you can keep an eye on it.
4. Choose your travel buddy carefully
Pick someone who is resourceful and can be relied upon if things get a little rocky. This will help to keep you safe and still have fun on your trip.
Ensure you take out an insurance policy for both you and your most valuable belongings. This will ensure that in case anything goes south on your trip your insurance company can compensate you.
6. Heed to travel advice
If you are advised to avoid a certain area when you are on your trip due to security reasons please heed. This will help keep you safe as well as your belongings.
7. Scan your important documents
Ensure you make copies of your important travel documents so that you have a backup in case they get lost. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in a foreign country or get arrested because you don’t have documents validating your presence.
8. Get a health check-up
Always check the FCO website for any travel warnings, list of vaccinations and medication you need to get as you travel to your chosen country. Ensure you get all the required vaccinations done before the trip.
9. Keep your cash and cards separate
It is safer to not keep cash where your cards are as thieves will always go for the money and not ATM and credit cards. Always ensure you don’t keep all your money in one place. Keep it scattered in different areas on your person.
10. Typing in personal details online
When booking your flight or hotel online, please ensure that the site has a ‘secure visa’ sign before you input any details about your credit card or passport. Also, ensure that you use your work or home computer to do these transactions and not a computer from an internet cafe so as to avoid scum devices and viruses from acquiring your details and eventually using them for unlawful purposes.
I hope this article was helpful to you. Happy travels. 🙂