If you love traveling but want to decrease your chances of becoming sick or getting mugged on your future travels, simply continue reading to discover how to stay safe on your upcoming trips.
How to Stay Safe While You Travel:
Email your trip itinerary to two trusted family members or friends:
Before you embark on an exciting new adventure it’s a wise idea to email a full copy of your intended trip itinerary to at least two trusted individuals. Such as one of your parents and one of your close friends. As it’s important that someone who cares about you knows where you’re supposed to be at all times, for your own safety. Especially if you plan on traveling alone.
Avoid drinking tap water:
When you’re traveling it’s safer to drink bottled water from a reputable source such as a supermarket, instead of drinking tap water. As the quality of tap water differs greatly from one destination to the next. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have no option but to drink tap water and you doubt the quality of the water which is going out of your tap, make sure to boil your water before you drink it.
Trust your instincts:
It should go without saying but if you ever feel uncomfortable in a certain situation or in a specific environment or you feel uncomfortable with an individual who you just met, it’s extremely important to trust your instincts. In these situations it’s always best to remove yourself from the situation which is making you uncomfortable. As an example if you feel uncomfortable with a dorm that you’ve checked into or talking to a specific stranger in a bar, remove yourself from your uncomfortable situation.
Don’t carry around all of your money or credit cards with you:
Instead of keeping all of your cash for your trip as well as all of your credit cards with you when you’re sightseeing, place some of your cash inside a locked suitcase or inside your hotel’s safe. If you’re traveling to a third world country, you may want to lock your valuables in a secret compartment in your luggage as there are instances in which hotel staff members in third world countries break into guests’ hotel safes.
Make sure that you’re up to date with your vaccinations:
If you plan on traveling to third world countries which are rich in culture but which may suffer regular outbreaks of diseases, it’s a great idea to talk to your local doctor about whether or not you may require further vaccinations. To ensure that you won’t fall victim to a potentially deadly disease such as malaria.
Dress like a local:
If you purchase clothing and accessories from local stores, not only will you have souvenirs to take home that you’ll actually use but you’ll also decrease your chances of being the target of theft. It’s also a great idea to wear a cross body bag such as a messenger style bag or a cross body purse when you walk around a foreign city instead of wearing a backpack, which will indicate that you’re a foreign tourist.
So if you can’t wait to embark on your next overseas adventure, it’s well worth keeping all of the handy safety tips which are listed above in mind, when you book your plane ticket to a new destination.