Travel Safety Tips

Overview Safety tips for traveling for business or pleasure. • Plan before you go • Pay attention to safety at all times • Airplane and train safety • Car safety • Taxi, bus, and limousine safety • Hotel safety • Tips for international travelers

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, planning ahead and being aware of safety issues will help make your trip safer and smoother. Plan before you go
The more information you have about routes, hotels, transportation, and the locations of the places you will be visiting, the better off you are. • Confirm your reservations. Double-check all reservations that you made before you leave. Be sure to call and confirm any reservations made on the Internet. • Leave a copy of your itinerary and contact information with a relative, friend, coworker, or neighbor back home so you can be reached in an emergency. • Contact friends, relatives, or business associates ahead of time to let them know how and when you’ll be traveling and when you expect to arrive. • Plan to travel with a cell phone. Be sure to pack your cell phone charger as well. • Download or obtain maps in advance to plan your travel routes. When you plan your trip, plan to stay on main roads when traveling at night or in the early morning.

Pay attention to safety at all times
• Be aware and be attentive to personal safety at all times. Be aware of your surroundings. Take notice of anything unusual. Be especially alert and cautious when you are in large public areas, such as airports, train stations, and hotel lobbies. Even if you travel a lot, it’s important not to become overconfident. • Don’t carry large amounts of cash. You may want to wear a money belt or a flat pouch that fits around your neck and that you wear underneath your coat or jacket. Use it to protect cash, credit cards, and your passport. • If you need to use an automated teller machine, try to go during the day when you are with a friend or business associate. Make sure to shield input of your password, and take your receipt with you. • Carry your handbag in a secure manner to avoid purse snatching. Keep your wallet in an inside jacket pocket or front pants pocket. Carry your purse under your coat whenever possible. Shoulder bags should be put over the head and shoulder when in a large crowd. Waist purses should be threaded through a belt loop.
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Contact the airline with questions. seat pockets. And don’t put your laptop down next to your feet while you’re making a phone call or checking in at the airport.2 l Travel Safety Tips • Be careful about sharing personal information with people you do not know. Airplane and train safety • Find out ahead of time what the security procedures are at airports and airlines you will be using. Keep your laptop between your legs or on your shoulder.tsa. If you notice an unattended package or bag. • Map out routes you plan to take ahead of time to avoid getting lost. or correspondence with your name and address in restaurants. or train station. Plan both your walking and your driving routes. notify security at once. Stay away from poorly lit streets. give up your wallet. or your vehicle. Be careful not to leave travel itineraries. Use valet parking whenever possible. magazines. Remember to label your laptop. Experts recommend that luggage tags should be covered so that others cannot read personal information. hotel.gov/public. The bag should include the following: . You’ll also find many helpful tips on the Transportation Security Administration Web site at www. Most places don’t use carbons anymore with credit card receipts. Do not give out names and room numbers of others in your group to people you don’t know. • Try to avoid walking alone or traveling to remote places after dark. But if one is used. • Label your luggage. • After a business conference. Don’t reveal your room number or travel plans in a crowded area where you could be overheard. your packages. Get to a well-lit public area as quickly as possible. be sure to ask for and take the carbon copy. parking lots. • If anyone ever threatens you with a weapon. etc. Then call the police. Label checked bags both inside and out in the event that luggage tags are detached from suitcases. waiting areas. • Never let your laptop computer out of your sight when traveling. • Never leave your baggage unattended. and alleys. Your personal safety is more important than any possession. • Carry valuables and important documents and necessities with you on your person or pack them in a small bag that you keep with you. too. remove your name badge as soon as you leave the room. • Inspect credit card receipts carefully and keep them until you are billed. Don’t discuss itinerary plans in public places. Never “watch” a stranger’s luggage or accept a package from anyone you do not know.

mapquest. • If you have a medical condition that requires special treatment or medication. Carry it with you on the plane. or accessories that contain metal. jewelry.3 l Travel Safety Tips . such as a camera. Some car rental companies offer cars that come with a global positioning system. • Avoid wearing shoes. Or tell security personnel you would like to have it hand checked. Car safety • Know where you are going and how you’ll get there before you get in the car. • Don’t pack anything in your carry-on bag that could be considered a weapon. Keep cash. including cash and jewelry. Take only necessary credit cards with you on your trip. and then keep your eye on it.Valuables. and software . prescription medications (keep in pharmacy-labeled bottles). . This is where laptops are frequently stolen. checks.com to obtain driving directions. and may be worth the extra fee if you will be doing a lot of driving in unfamiliar places. and passport. You’ll get through security more easily and quickly if you pack all electronics and metal items like keys in one easily accessible pocket of your luggage or briefcase. • Be especially alert when going through the security check booth at the airport. Pre-program emergency numbers into your phone before you leave. such as the number of the rental car agency for an emergency. a knife.Anything fragile. eyeglasses (bring an extra pair if possible). Contact the airline if you have any questions about what is and is not allowed. Bring a list of local emergency numbers. These are generally easy to use. • Pack your bags with security in mind. Or use a Web site like www. train conductors) ahead of time. and use the fan or air conditioning when necessary. clothing. and credit cards in different places. AAA for road assistance. Keep the windows up.A change of clothes (including underwear) and toiletries like a toothbrush and shampoo in case checked luggage is lost or delayed. or other sharp items. or the local police or highway patrol. business papers. • Remember to bring your cell phone with you in the car. . Metal items may set off the alarm on the metal detector.Critical items such as house or car keys. travel vouchers. such as scissors. be sure to notify travel staff (flight attendants. Don’t put your laptop down on the conveyor belt until it is your turn to walk through. • When you’re in the car. Get a map and study it or call for directions. . laptop computer. • Never check your laptop. keep your doors and windows locked and your seat belt fastened.

Never stop to help someone whose vehicle has apparently broken down. use pay-at-the-pump. or other valuables in your parked car. and briefcase. walk past the car. laptop. bus. Lines of travelers getting on and off public vehicles often present opportunities for pickpockets. go to the nearest well-lit area. computers. keep the car in gear and leave enough space in front so you can drive away quickly. cameras. • At night. If you must leave your car. Consider sitting in the car while the tank fills. and call for help. try to stay out of the curbside lane. If you are stopped by an unmarked “police” vehicle and you doubt its validity. well-lit surroundings where you can be easily seen. Request an escort or use valet parking if you feel unsafe. Be especially alert during the loading and unloading of your baggage. Taxi. Keep any valuables with you in the car or limo at all times. Keep your laptop with you rather than in the luggage compartment. ask that a marked vehicle be dispatched. and especially if you are sharing a limousine that makes intermediate stops. wait for it indoors. or get bumped by another car. • Never leave valuables visible in a car while traveling. • Compare the face of the driver with the posted license before entering the cab. • Avoid stopping on the roadway or shoulder of a highway if you’re lost. Red and blue lights are used by real emergency vehicles. • When you’re traveling in a metered cab. • Never pick up a hitchhiker. Never leave your car unattended at a service station. try to park in open. store your valuables out of sight in the locked trunk or glove compartment. • Do not stop for a car that has flashing white lights. make sure the meter is activated. Call for help on your cell phone or drive to the nearest well-lit public place to phone for help. Avoid leaving luggage. Be sure to check inside and in the back seat of the car before getting in. Avoid filling the gasoline tank when it is dark. and limousine safety • If you call a cab. • At traffic lights. . especially if you are sharing a limousine. Have your keys in your hand when you come back to your car.4 l Travel Safety Tips • When filling the gasoline tank. • If you suspect trouble or think you are being followed on the way to your car. have a car problem. • In an unfamiliar city or neighborhood. • Be alert when boarding a bus or limousine. • Keep an eye on your baggage. which is often preferred by “smash and grab” thieves.

with general off-the-street access.5 l Travel Safety Tips Hotel safety • When reserving a hotel or motel room. Keep an eye on your luggage. Ask that individuals show their ID to the peephole. • Know where the nearest exit is in case of an emergency. and sliding glass door locks to make sure they work. • Ask for another room if you feel you have been put in a room that is unsafe (for example. or ask them to pass it under the door so that you can call the desk to verify the person’s identity. If there is a problem. • Don’t answer the phone with your name. with broken locks. Have the delivery person slip the order form under the door before you open it. • Store valuables. Don’t accept packages or items unless you know who they’re from. doors connecting to adjacent guest rooms. and always take your key. . don’t announce it by putting a tray with one cup and one plate outside the door. Always use the deadbolt lock on the door in addition to any regular locks. leave a light. including a hotel worker who comes to the door. cash. not call out the room number or the guest’s name. • Take precautions when answering the door. If anyone looks suspicious. ask for another room assignment. • When ordering room service. The front desk staff should write down guest room numbers. Take your passport and other forms of identification with you. Don’t leave an order form on the doorknob to reveal how many people are in the room and when you’ll be there. TV. or radio on. • When you first arrive in your room. Always call the front desk to verify the identity of anyone. check door and window locks. • Never reveal your room number to people you don’t know. but let their guard down as soon as they walk into a hotel lobby. report it to the front desk immediately. or on the ground level). Most travelers are cautious on the road. jewelry. Keep window curtains closed after dark. call in your order. ask for a room above the ground floor. If they do call it out. If you are traveling alone. • Be especially alert upon arrival and departure. at the end of a hall. wait for the next elevator. • Keep doors and windows locked at all times and check them before you go to bed. and important documents like airline tickets and car rental documents in your room safe or the safe deposit boxes at the front desk. Use the peephole or leave the chain attached when opening the door to talk. in-room safe locks. • When you go out. • Look into elevators before entering.

stores. both in English and in the language of the country. and emergency medical help.gov. . and contact numbers. with a relative. or business associate at home. Prior to leaving. • Avoid renting a flashy car. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide health and medical information for travelers. friend. police. if you don’t like food you are being served. Some hotel cash registers have screens that reveal guest names and room numbers to any passerby when items are billed to the room. provide them with ID and information about where they are staying and how to contact you. • If traveling with children.” Avoid wearing clothing with American flags and U. This will help you find your way back. Don’t wear a lot of jewelry. • Ask a hotel concierge. Go to www. • Use credit cards or cash to pay for meals and purchases rather than charging them to your room. economic. • Always carry information about your hotel with you. and so on.state. • When you are out and about. Consider having this also available in the language of the country in which you are staying. The U. If you are traveling with a tour group.cdc. Know how to dial the operator. and medical conditions in foreign countries. Avoid American-made cars that are normally only driven by tourists. For example. business associate. Also leave a copy of your itinerary. always have money to pay for a taxi back to your hotel in the event that you are separated from the group. State Department provides information on political. Go to www. security. including travel dates. • Learn how to use the telephone system right away upon arrival.travel. company logos. Tips for international travelers • Check for updates on travel advisories before your trip. and traveler’s checks. • Leave copies of your passport. and try not to look as if you have a lot of money. or friend for recommendations and directions and maps to restaurants. hotels. be courteous in asking for changes. Take contact information for embassies and consulates within the country. Know how to use pay phones in your host country and carry exact change in local currency or a calling card.6 l Travel Safety Tips • Check the location and supervision of health clubs before using them.S.S. consider purchasing an international calling card that will work from your destination. credit cards. try to “blend in. Keep opinions to yourself.gov for updates. • Memorize a few key words of the native language and keep a phrase book handy.

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