You shouldn’t be scared to visit other countries. You should, however, be savvy and protective of your belongings. Follow these 12 safety tips to protect yourself and your items during your next trip.
1. Always keep your valuables in your carry-on bag instead of in the luggage you’ll be checking. When they’re stored in the luggage, they could be lost or stolen easily. If your luggage goes missing for a few days, you’ll still need money, ID card and credit cards.
2. Keep backup files of the documents you have stored on your laptop and computer at home. If someone breaks into your home while you’re traveling, you won’t lose your important files if they happen to take your computer.
3. Women should carry bags across their body instead of off one shoulder or on their back. To keep purses extra protected, put a layer of clothing on top. For more travel-savvy tips, check out Hipmunk’s UAE travel guide.
4. Men should keep their wallet in their front pocket instead of on their hip or in their back pocket. Routinely make sure that the wallet is still there.
5. Be especially alert in public areas, including on train and subway platforms, in airports and at bus stops. Pickpockets often pretend they’re shoving through the crowd when they’re actually robbing you. They can also block your way so that you can’t get where you’re headed.
6. Don’t assume that you can spot a crook. Thieves dress up like normal tourists or locals. They’re skilled at blending in.
7. Only take what you need in your purse or wallet and leave everything else at home. That way, even if you do get robbed, the thieves won’t get everything you own.
8. Have a list of emergency phone numbers that you keep separate from both your wallet and your phone.
9. Put a card with your contact information in your luggage. In case the luggage tag is torn off, you’ll still be able to be reached. Do the same with your purse and wallet.
10. Use a baggage tag that covers important information. You don’t want everyone to be able to see your home address. You never known when a dishonest person is going to alert a partner that your home is empty.
11. Use TSA-certified locks to lock up your luggage.
12. Put your carry-on in the overhead bin across the aisle, not above your seat. That way, you can keep your eye on it. If it’s directly above you, you won’t be able to see what’s happening in the bin when people go in and out of it.
Most people in the area you’ll be traveling to will be honest. However, it only takes one dishonest person to ruin your trip. By following a few basic safety precautions, you could save yourself trouble, not to mention your purse or wallet.
This post was provided by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a travel website that helps you to locate the best deals on transportation, accommodations, and more.