Keeping yourself safe during travel can seem like a lot, what with all the tech, gadgets, and gears available for locking up your things, or emergency whistles that blast out eardrums. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but seriously, there’s so much to consider when keeping yourself safe. Look no further than this guide about safety first, so you can have a secure travel experience.
Tip 1: Store Everything With a Lock.
If you’re going to be leaving anything at your hotel room (or in your car) that has any kind of value, make sure it’s stored somewhere with a lock. Be it your trunk or the hotel room, make sure that area is locked, alongside a personal lock like a fingerprint-enabled lock for your bag or an anti-theft backpack. This can help keep your items safe from thieves and bandits, along with giving you an added layer of security for peace of mind. With that also comes the notion of locking your car doors (and trunk) even when you’re inside the vehicle, especially if you’re waiting in a parking lot at nighttime or are in a less-than-glorious part of town.
Tip 2: Keep Your Location Private.
Not being loud and public about your travel itinerary is just a basic safety protocol measure. Not letting strangers overhear your travel plans may seem silly, but not all strangers are kind. Being mindful of the fact that saying out loud where you’re staying or where you’re going makes you an easy target can save stress and up your safety levels. Letting only a close friend or family member know your general itinerary, including lodgings, destinations, and activities you’re engaging in is another great way to keep yourself safe, since there’s a “last point of contact” in the event of an emergency or crisis. If you really want to level up your safety, you can have an app like Go360 or similar attached to your mobile device, so that in the event that something goes wrong, you have a location pinpoint based on your mobile device or other device.
Tip 3: Keep Emergency Supplies in Your Car.
Keeping your car stocked with emergency supplies can keep you safe and secure. This can include fluids for your car – engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, and other necessary fluids for the car to run well. It can also include a tire iron, jack, spare tire, and jumper cables or a battery charger. You can also include an air pressure gauge for your tires, or even an air pressure pump in the event that you’re out in the wilderness and can’t get easy access to the vacuums most gas stations have. An emergency first aid kit would also be a great addition, along with non-perishable goods like bottles of water, granola bars, protein bars, and other snacks that are good in a pinch. Being stranded on the side of the road is no fun, but it’s at least a little better if you have something to eat, something to drink, and the possibility of rescuing yourself. Keep a flashlight and battery pack in your car as well, just in case it’s dark out. The battery pack allows you to have emergency charging options for devices like your phone, tablet, or other device.
On that same note, make sure you have current proof of registration, insurance, and your ID with you if you’re traveling via car. Check your insurance and see if you have emergency roadside assistance through Triple A or another company, and if you don’t, it might be a wise investment if you’re doing lots of traveling and might be away from more densely populated areas.
Tip 4: Leave Valuable Items at Your Hotel.
If you brought highly valuable items, like a laptop, tablet, iPad, Kindle, birth certificate, or other items along those lines, leave them at your lodgings. Whether you’re at a hotel or at an Airbnb, if you have four walls and a locking door, it’s better to leave your highly valuable items there.
If you’re camping or staying in a tent, keeping your items in an on-site safe like a bear box, or in your tent in an enclosed, locking backpack, suitcase, or briefcase can protect them. When camping, be especially sure that your valuable items are held in a waterproof/water resistant container, since weather can often be unpredictable.
Tip 5: Research Local Law Enforcement or Emergency Services.
Making sure you research local law enforcement agencies, along with emergency services, can keep you safe and secure in an emergency. Knowing the local number, or even having a rough idea of where a police station or fire station is at, gives you an out in the event of an emergency.
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