16 Travel Safety Tips

16 Travel Safety Tips http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/family/recreation/16-travel-safety-tips/ bb3 Jun 20, 2013

By Staff Writer State Farm™ Employee

Traveling can be quite an adventure and fun for the whole family, but it can also present challenges. Being prepared is a good way to ensure a safe trip.

Before you set off on your next weekend trip to the country or excursion around the world, here are a few tips to help keep you out of harm's way.

Prepare Before You Leave

  • Protect your home. Take steps to make your home safe while you're away.
  • Carry the minimum number of valuables. Expensive-looking jewelry and accessories can bring the wrong kind of attention. If possible, travel with only one or two credit cards.
  • Talk to your doctor or health provider. If traveling abroad, vaccinations may be recommended. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extensive information on its website.
  • Copy important documents. Make and keep copies of your passport, driver's license, and credit cards.
  • Travel light. You will be able to move quicker and less likely to set your luggage down and leave it unattended.
  • Consider travel insurance. If planning a trip far in advance or one that is expensive, you may want to be covered in case of an emergency cancelation.
  • Bring a basic first aid kit. Include bandages, iodine, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, alcohol packets, and motion sickness and diarrhea medicines. Make sure that your prescription medicines are filled properly and labeled accurately.
  • Pack a small flashlight. You may suddenly end up in the dark and find yourself in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Check with your cellular carrier. Cellular providers offer supplemental services and plans so customers can use their cell phones outside the United States.

Stay Out of Harm's Way

  • Avoid being pickpocketed. Keep your wallet in your front pocket. If carrying a purse or bag, wear the shoulder strap across your chest and walk with the bag away from the curb to avoid drive-by purse snatchers.
  • Remain calm if mugged. It is best to and give up your valuables.
  • Bring along updated photos of your children. You made need them in case you become separated.
  • Be discreet about personal information. Do not discuss travel plans, your room number, or any other personal information in public within earshot of strangers.
  • Do not flash your money or passport in public. You don't want to make yourself a target.
  • Stay away from stray cats and dogs. While they may seem friendly, they can carry diseases.
  • Steer clear of unmarked taxicabs. They are not licensed and can be dangerous.
Even though travel can have many challenges, don't be overwhelmed when planning your next trip. A little common sense and good preparation goes a long way towards a safe, enjoyable journey.
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