Safety Tips

Being safe is a decision you have to consciously make for yourself. I can’t guarantee that unfortunate events wont happen to you, but the goal is to minimize the chances of them happening. 

“A culture of safety is a journey, not a destination. It requires our continuing diligence” -Terry J. Moulton

Kira lane

Creative Director

Travel Safety Strategy 

Having the right  travel safety strategies will minimize unfortunate events from happening to you. A lot of people like to take short cuts and disregard taking safety precautions, but you really should take the time to develop good solid travel safety strategies in order to keep you from having to deal with headaches. Below are eight strategies I like to practice while traveling.

01

back up identification

You never know what your travel journey has in store for you, so just make sure that you are on the safe side. When it comes to identification, make sure that you have extra copies of EVERYTHING!! You can also take pictures of your passport and/or identification/drivers license. I also keep a copy with someone back in the US who can forward it to me in case all of my items are lost or stolen.

02

currency Tips

A lot of the hostels and hotels you visit will have safes for you to lock up your personal belongings. Leave copies of your passport and drivers license in the hotel and take your passport with you. It’s another good idea to leave most of your money in the hotel and only take with you what you think you may need for that day only. Take a combination of credit and cash and have $500-$1000 emergency money set aside on one of the cards, in case you need an emergency hotel, flight ticket or passport replacement. No matter how much you decide to take with you for the day, break it up and put it in different locations. You can put half of it in your wallet and the other half in a hidden compartment, bra, sock or secret pocket. You can also leave emergency money back home with someone you trust. If your stuff is stolen, they can wire it to you through Moneygram or Western Union.

03

protecting your items

If you love taking pictures, you aren’t going to be able to hide the fact that you are a tourist, but what you don’t want to do is bring extra attention to yourself. From experience, I’ve learned that passport holders have the ability to be your worst enemy. Some passport holders have anti-theft RFID blockers in them that prevent thieves from being able to scan your information from a distance which is good, but you don’t want a big bright colored passport holder that says “PASSPORT” on the front of it. If you must have a passport holder, get a thin one that still allows you to place your passport in your bra, or carry around your neck which will lessen the chances of someone stealing it from you.

04

Securing your bags

Distracting you and pick-pocketing you are two of the most common ways people will steal from you. Especially if you are backpacking and carrying your bags around with you 80% of the time, you really want to make sure that your bags are secure. One way I have seen people protect their bag is by using zip ties. Zip ties make it so that it’s not easy to open your bag while you are not looking or while its on your back. Some people will also cut the bottom of your bag so that your important items will fall out, then they can retrieve them and run. Make sure your most important items and/or small items are towards the top or nearest your body. If possible, when purchasing a bag, see if you can find a slash-proof backpack.

05

Ask the cost up front

People will try to sell you things on the street so make sure you ask the cost up front. This also applies for Cabs, it’s a good idea to always have the address of where you are going with you and ask your cab driver upfront what the cost will be. This allows you to determine whether they are overcharging you from the beginning or not. Especially if you do not speak their language or understand their monetary system well, you can be targeted and taken advantage of.

06

Do your research

Research what parts of the city have the highest reports of crime, then stay away from that area unless there is a tourist site there that you must see. I try to stay away from tourist areas because they can be prime locations for thieves. You can also ask the locals which areas you should stay away from and most of the time, they will tell you.

07

Post at the end of the day

I always post where I’ve gone instead of where I’m going. You never know who is watching your every move, so just to be on the safe side, it’s better to post at the end of the day, after you’ve already visited the places you want to see. You don’t want to advertise where you are going and become a target.

08

Buy from REPUTABLE sources 

I never buy tickets or packages from people on the street. Some of them can be reputable, but it can also be challenging to try to figure out the real from the fake. I like to read reviews from other people before I make purchases. There are a lot of scams out there that I’d like to do my best to avoid, so doing your research can literally pay off! Stay tuned because pretty soon I will be recommending the best places to buy tours and activities from, but until then, DO YOUR RESEARCH!

 

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