Common sense takes you a long way while traveling but here are 5 tips to avoid problems and keep your belongings safe.
- Separate and Stash. When travelling with cash, leave the majority of it in a hidden and safe place like a money belt or zipped pocket. Bring a second wallet for everyday use. This wallet should be secure but easily accessible and kept separately. That way, when buying a small snack from a street vendor, you won’t need to pull out all of your cash.
- Be a Copycat. Copies are a great way to backup your personal documents. Having copies of your passport and credit card information help to ensure your safety and are easy to use on an everyday basis. Leaving a copy with a friend or family member at home is also a good backup option.
- 2 Straps are Better than 1. When carrying a backpack around the city, put both straps over your shoulders. This will prevent anyone from easily grabbing it from you.
- Don’t Bank on Your Bank. Call your bank ahead of time to let them know your travel plans. Sometimes, when banks see a charge in a foreign country, they assume it was theft and freeze your account. While you’re on the phone, ask them about international ATM fees.
- Stay on Top of Things. Keeping belongings on your person at all times help you keep better track of things. Before you go anywhere make sure you have your wallet, camera, and other valuables. Savvy travelers keep valuables on the front of their person to keep an eye on them at all times.
Don’t panic about safety! Being smart and following these tips will help to eliminate any of the problems that make travel a hassle. Good preparation and common sense will take you a long way.