When going on vacation, especially when traveling abroad, it is always important to keep safety first!! Here are some tips to make your trip a little safer. These apply for travel to any location, although some are specific to leaving the country.
- Sign your passport before leaving home. Simple but necessary. You could be detained for hours if you don’t.
- When traveling overseas, photocopy the inside informational page of your passport. Place one copy in your luggage and leave a copy with a trusted friend/family member. This would be helpful if you lose your passport.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary with the trusted friend/family member. If you lose track of connecting flights or travel times/reservations you can contact them to get the itinerary information. Additionally, this way someone at home will know where you are “just in case”.
- Take two credit cards with you on vacation, leave one in the safe in the hotel room/stateroom, and carry the other with you. If your wallet/purse is stolen, you will still have a means for funding the remainder of your trip. Keep a photocopy of the front and back of the 2 credit cards with the trusted family/friend that has the copy of your passport. If your wallet/purse is stolen before reaching your vacation spot, the person at home can get your credit card number, etc. to you and you can make arrangements to get a replacement while on your vacation.
- Use your business address on your luggage, as opposed to your home address. This prevents you from advertising that you are “away from your home” to those that come in contact with your luggage.
- Do not advertise on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) that you are going out-of-town. Especially if you are loose with whom you accept as “friends”.
- Bring a current picture of any minor children you may be traveling with. If the unfortunate happens and your child goes missing, it allows the authorities to have quick access to work from.
- Another tip if traveling with minor children, make a little laminated card with important information that can stay with your child in case he/she gets separated from you. The card should have their name, your name, cell phone number, the name of the hotel/ship, and a telephone number for a person at home.
- When traveling in large groups, and especially with small children, research any airports you are traveling out of/through ahead of time. It will make getting to connecting flights a smooth and safe process. All airports provide maps of their terminals online.
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