5 Safety Tips to Consider When Traveling

5 Safety Tips to Consider When Traveling
November 04 10:00 2016 Print This Article

Taking a trip can do wonders for you. Just a few days away from the daily grind can restore your energy, decrease your stress levels, and leave you feeling rejuvenated. Whether you’re planning a solo trip or an adventure with the family, there are many things to plan from must see sights to what to pack. When preparing for your trip, don’t forget to think about your safety. Here are some tips to ensure a safer and more rejuvenating getaway:

Make a Copy of Your Passport

When planning a trip, your destination doesn’t have to be out of the country, but it can be a great opportunity to learn about other cultures and see what the world has to offer. International travel requires a passport and it’s a good idea to scan a copy of it (and any other important information that you may be carrying with you) and put it on your cellphone or in a safe place, such as your hotel safe. That way, if something happens to you or your passport is stolen or lost, the information you have will make it easier to get a replacement. It’s also a smart idea to have copies of the same information back at home, just in case a friend or relative needs access to it.

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Sign up for STEP

Traveling abroad can be full of surprises, good and bad. By enrolling in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), you can be reached in the event of a natural disaster or an emergency at home.

Stay Connected

Regardless if you’re traveling alone or with others, it’s important to stay connected with friends and/or family. Even though it’s easier to stay connected with others, thanks to modern technology, it’s a good idea to make a plan to call, Skype, email, or text a friend or relative at the same time each day. If they haven’t heard from you, they will know what to do (based off of the plan you discussed). For example, if they haven’t heard from you in a day or two, they should contact authorities.

Leave a Copy of Your Itinerary

In addition to staying connected with technology, keep a copy of your itinerary with a friend or with the housesitter. Although your plans may change, at least he or she will have an idea of where you are in the event that you need to be reached.

Safety on the Road

Whether you’re on a road trip or driving in another country, your safety behind the wheel is important. If you’re traveling internationally and rent a car, make sure you know the rules of the road (remember, people may drive on the other side of the road). Wherever you’re driving, focus on the road and pay attention to where you are going. It’s crucial to eliminate distractions to ensure your safety while traveling. If you need to look up directions on your GPS or call and make a reservation for a hotel room, never do it while driving.

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