Travel Safe: A Street-smart Guide to Have a Sound Trip

As much as we would like to have a safe and fuss-free travel, not every unwanted situation is preventable no matter how careful you are. So prevention is always better that cure. What this guide was design to do is to give you a precautionary measure before and during your travel. You may think that misfortune only happens to somebody else; but to others, you are somebody else!

Before Travel

1.Scan all credit cards, airline tickets, passports and important documents, front and back and inside front cover and stored online in your email for easy retrieval should you lose them and need to produce verification.

2.Jeweler and luggage and all valuable should be photographed prior to trip. If you don’t need them, it is better to NOT bring them.

3.Get your cash from the ATM and change your currencies a day earlier as you wouldn’t want to be a target on the move.

4.Keep your cash in separate places, in your wallet for easy access abd in a travel sling wallet on your neck or a secret compartment in your belt.

5.Pack medical prescription plus first aid in a kit and some in your hand carry luggage. You’ll never know when you may need an antacid, paracetamol, or anti-histamines.

6.Carry a small LED torch with you. These are super bright and batteries last much longer that those with conventional bulb. Can be handy when there is a blackout or when you get stuck in a lift or end up in somewhere dark. Anything that has 150 lumens (brightness) and above will be good. Sometimes you may want to check out if there are stalkers around the corner while you do a short surveillance with the long ranger torch.

7.Have a GPS with you and learn how to use it prior to travel. Purchase maps of the country/place you are visiting and install them before you leave. It would give you an idea how far you are from your intended destination.

8.Get a directory of breakdown service, in case your car breaks down.


During Travel

1.At the airport, have your laptop beg placed on your lap and not in between your feet. If you have to, loop the strap around your leg. Syndicates work to distract your then steal.

2.Make sure the person in front of you has cleared the detector before your put anything on the conveyor belt. Your must delay putting your luggage and laptop on the conveyor belt until you’re sure you will be the next person through the metal detector. And, as you move through the detector, keep your eyes on the conveyor belt and watch for your luggage and laptop to come through at the other end, while keeping an eye on what those in front of you are picking up.

3.Always bargain the price of a taxi before entering it, even if it has a meter. Always use taxis that are recommended and referred by the hotel you are staying. Be wary of taxis you hail on the street. If you are in the airport, always use the appointed Airport transfer counter to get one with a list of fixed rates.

4.Establish with your hotel to give you the name of the person in charge to pick you up. Do not get into any vehicle if the name of the person is different from the intended person. You could be charged with a hefty sum by unscrupulous cheats.

5.Stay close to your valuable when passing through airport security.

6.If you are single women on the move, never admit that you are traveling alone. Always say you are meeting your spouse on the flight or at the destination you are going to. Even as you check into hotels, it would be defensive to check in as Mr. and Mrs. to deter unwanted advances.

7.If you have important documents or papers, carry them with you: never check in anything that you simply cannot afford to lose. Photocopy your passport, driver’s license and credit cards.

8.Look for a parking lot that is well lit and secure. Find out if there’s valet parking and if it will be available when you need it. Use it, even if it costs a little bit more.

9.There should be privacy for guests checking in: no one should be able to overhear a name, room number, or other personal information.

10.Room number should be written on the key envelope, not mentioned aloud or inscribed on the key- this way, anyone finding your key won’t have access to your room.

11.Never hesitate to have a hotel personnel escort you to your room.

12.Couples traveling together should pack half of their belongings in each others bag. In case of missing luggage, both your clothes are still accessible in the remaining bag.

13.Upon checking into your room, familiarize yourself with the fire escape plan usually stuck on the door. It pays to know where the nearest fire exits are.

14.Leaving the ‘Please Make Up My Room” sign at the door is an indication of an empty room. The “do not disturb sign” can make the room seem occupied.

15.Check the bills and write the total amount before you sign and return the slip. Phantom amounts has been known to be included in the ‘tips’ section above the total.

16.When walking into the lift alone and someone suspicious unexpectedly comes in with you. Press any floor other than the floor you are staying on. This decoy method is to prevent anyone from knowing which room you are staying in. press the alarm if needed. If in doubt, get out before the door closes.

17.If you place your carry – on bag on the floor when sitting in a restaurant or other public area, put foot through the strap; don’t leave it loose.

18.In a taxi, pay the driver while you are still inside to get your rightful change. If traveling with your partner, make sure the male is the first to get in and last to get out. Have the driver leave his driver’s seat to remove your luggage from the boot before you get out of the car.

19.Use a security cable to lock your laptop to a fixed object in the hotel. If you wouldn’t leave your wallet exposed in the room, why would you leave USD1500.00 unlocked?