Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Surefire Safety Part 1-Before You Go

Welcome to the first of a six-part series about travel safety! From the largest city to the smallest town, -travelers need to be aware of their surroundings and be prepared for any situation.

Before you leave home for any trip, whether it be regional, national, or international, remind yourself that you don't have to be on the subway at midnight to find yourself in a dangerous situation. In fact, many people are robbed or kidnapped during daylight hours! Be prepared and remember the following advice:

Dress Conservatively - don't allow yourself to stand out like a tourist.

Travel light - you can move more freely and will be able to keep a better eye on your belongings

Leave the valuables behind - only take with you what you need. Leave all jewlerey at home and take the least amount of cash as possible with you.
Put your name, address, and phone numbers inside and outside each piece of luggage -avoid strangers learning your name and information with covered luggage tags.
Leave a copy of your itinerary with your friends or family at home.

Photocopy your passport, airline tickets, driver's license and credit cards - Leave one copy with your friends or family at home and pack the other copy in a separate place from your valuables. (Travel Travel Carlson Wagonlit photocopies all their traveler's passports so Travel Travel is able to send the copy directly to the US Embassy of the country the traveler lost his/her passport.
Always be aware of your surroundings
Bring a cell phone
Carry 5 dollars in your pocket - this will prevent you from becomming stressed should someone approach you for a handout.

Check back tomorrow for more common sense safety tips. Part 2 of the 6 part series will cover driving tips - because the more you know, the better off you will be.
A special thanks to Mike Marchev for the great tips!

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