Updated: Sep 11
Travel Tips You Absolutely Need When Planning A Trip
When making travel preparations it is always important to make sure you, and your loved ones traveling with you, are safe and secure. Scouring through the internet you may see that there is an abundance of tips for safe and secure travels around. Here are some tips that can help you plan for a safe, secure, and comfortable travel. The goal is to reduce the risks of any kind of crime including physical or sexual violence or assault.
Tips Before You Travel
It is not so bad at all to share your travel itinerary but only do so with people you trust. Before your trip share your travel information including the address and contact information of your accommodations and transportation information. These can include flight schedules, flight numbers - any information pertinent to your travel.
Be a step ahead by checking for reputable transportation services or agencies that can help you navigate with ease. Also check for payment methods. Do they take credit/debit cards or if they only take cash payments? Do they have mobile applications that can provide real-time updates to avoid waiting for too long?
Use tools like Google Maps when getting around the area to get directions.
Carry with you an emergency medicine kit. It is always important that you bring one with you when you travel. It is especially important when you are traveling to a place where hospitals and emergency facilities are far.
Check for hospitals or police stations located near the area where you’re staying. Get their contact numbers.
Find out if there are bus stops in the area or malls and shopping centers where it is convenient for you to get a cab. If you have plans of going for a night out make sure to plan your return ahead.
Find out the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and save their contact information if you’re traveling abroad. Consular officers are available for emergency assistance 24/7. You can also register your international trip free of charge with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
If you are planning to go on a cruise read the safety information provided by the cruise line and familiarize yourself with the cruise ship safety before you board.
When You Arrive At Your Destination
Have a great time but do not be overcome by excitement. Do not be too complacent. Although many people can become fast friends you still must remember to not trust easily.
Keep an eye on what you drink. Remember to only drink in moderation. Be careful with taking food and drinks offered to you by people not familiar to you. Do not drink so much more than you can handle. It’s always good to have fun but you have to be mindful of your alcohol levels. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable head for the door and find a safe spot where you can arrange for a transportation service to pick you up.
Back up plans are always handy so always have a Plan B if anything fails.
Of course - document your travels. Always carry your trusty camera with you and make to bring an extra battery pack.
Mobile devices such as your smartphones, iPads/tablets, and laptops are important so make sure that their batteries are fully charged. Buy a reliable power bank. Do not cheapen on your emergency power source.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation abroad immediately contact the U.S. Department of State. They can connect you with a variety of resources to help you wherever you are.