Traveling to unfamiliar destinations can get you into such trouble that you do not want to experience while on the road, such as robbery, rape or murder. Tourists often become the prey of the perpetrators because they do not prepare properly before embarking on an excursion. Let's look at some of the things you need to do to prevent your trips from becoming a tragedy:
1. Never specify your home address on the luggage tag. If you are in business, put your company address on the tag; if you are visiting friends, you can list their address. Also use hidden luggage tags.
2. Stay with your luggage until your luggage is checked. If you need to pack your bag, keep one foot on the handle.
3. Bring important documents with you; NEVER check for something you just can't afford to lose. Copy your passport, your driver's license and your credit cards.
4. Bring a small flashlight. You never know when you will suddenly be "in the dark" and end up in an unfamiliar environment. At night, keep your flashlight by the bed.
5. Make sure your prescribed medicines are completed correct and labeled neatly , In some countries, certain prescription drugs are prohibited.
6. Never wear anything that projects riches. No gold chains, expensive watches and rings, luggage or other accessories should be easily visible. Even better: leave your jewelry at home.
7. Travel with one or two credit cards, if possible.
8. Women especially should never take a drink from a stranger. Keep track of your drink at all times.
9. Vary your schedule; try not to come and walk at the same time every day.
10. Stay only at a hotel that uses cards to open the door to your room and make sure your room has a recess and a locking bolt. Secure the chain and secure the door by pushing the rubber brake under it.
11. Stay in a room near the stairs. Never grab the elevator if there is a fire or smoke. Always stay at a hotel where the doors enter the hallway and not directly outside.
12. Do not wear labels in a public place.
13. Do not use marked taxis.
14. Sit behind the driver so you can see him, but he can't see you.
15. Pay the driver when you arrive at your destination and while you are still in the vehicle.
16. If you need to rent a car, rent from a reputable company only. All problems encountered at work can signal sabotage.
17. Be familiar with & # 39; & # 39; step by step car crashes meant getting you off the map.
18. Return to the parking areas to facilitate quick exit.
19. Only park in well-lit and well-traveled areas.
20. If your mobile phone does not work outside the country, consider renting one that is for the duration of your trip.
21. If arrested for any reason by an official, request identification. If in doubt, tell them you want to see his boss. Keep your emotions under control.
22. If you are traveling with children, take an updated photo of each child if you separate them.
23. Write your child's name and hotel number on each card; include the contact information of a close friend or relative on the map. Give a card to each child to carry with you while away. Destroy once at home.
24. Discuss with your family what they would do in an emergency while away from home, such as who to call, how to contact emergency personnel, etc.
25. Don't discuss travel plans, room numbers, or other personal information in a public place while listening to strangers.
26. Get a basic first aid kit with dressings, iodine, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, packs of alcohol, dramamine, pepto bismol, anti diarrhea and more.
27. Check the train and bus schedules before traveling. Create an alternative plan in case your transportation plans change.
28. Do not blink your passport publicly. Discuss important documents discreetly only to officials.
29. Consider purchasing portable alarms that emit loud sounds.
30. Beware of street fraud. Children who work with adults are known as pickpockets.
31. Never spend your money in public. Only exchange funds with reputable and recognized exchangers.
32. Prepare tips for service personnel in advance.
33. Consider hiring an escort service if you are traveling to areas where crime is high.
The key to safe travel in any area is situational awareness. Distractions due to luggage, children, hotel staff, strangers, etc. can put you at risk. Know your environment and stay in control of any situation.