When it comes to travel, we tend to over-research the restaurants and must-see and must-do activities. However, thinking about safety and security in a new place should be our first concern. The five tips below can help you travel safer on your next adventure.
1. Hiding Your Money and Passport
Using a Money Belt may seem overcautious, but the threat of pickpockets and RFID readers are all too real. A Money Belt conceals cash, credit cards & other valuables from pickpockets. Built-in RFID blocking safeguards your passport and credit cards and personal information against identity theft. When you are in a crowded airport or train state, your valuables are virtually invisible to thieves so you can feel secure in any environment.
2. Safety and Security Membership
Having a MedjetHorizon membership offers additional protection in nearly any instance that involves safety and security. They can arrange for everything from medical transport to crisis response. Unlike other global transport and travel security membership programs, Medjet does not depend on hard triggers, like government-issued evacuation mandates, to act on behalf of their members. They even have expat coverage if you plan on moving out of the US on a long-term basis.
3. Cross-body Travel Bag
A Pacsafe cross-body travel bag is versatile and functional for any travel or city inspired occasion. The bag’s fabric is made of eXomesh Slashguard, and a lightweight, flexible stainless steel wire runs through the adjustable Carrysafe Slashguard Strap to help prevent slashers from slicing through and running off with your gear. The zippered compartment includes an RFID-blocking pocket that helps prevent your data as well. This was a must-have on our recent trip to Rome.
4. Research Your Destination Before Your Trip
In between scoping out the most beautiful beaches and foodie hotspots, take some time to ask yourself a few questions. What are the neighborhoods you should avoid? Does Uber or Lyft operate in this city? Is there a hospital or pharmacy in the city, just in case? How are you going to get around? What is public transportation like? If you injure yourself, will you be covered by your travel insurance? Asking a few questions before travel can save you a headache during your adventure.
5. Monitor Your Drinking
Just like at home, when you drink alcohol, you dull your senses and slow your reaction time, which in turn makes you vulnerable. Make sure you eat beforehand or during a night out. Have a glass of water in between each drink (this helps hangovers too!). Always take drinks directly from the bartender or hostess, not from someone offering to buy you a drink. Resist the urge to keep up with others who might have a higher tolerance or locals who know their way around and won’t need their senses as much as you when they leave the bar.
One last thing…
If you’re traveling alone and you get into a situation where people want something that you have (e.g., money, a camera) just give it to them. Be safe. Material things can always be replaced (travel insurance is a must!). You can get another iPod or laptop or backpack. Don’t take a bad situation and make it worse by fighting back.