Staying Safe While Traveling – Essential Tips for Every Adventurer

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Staying safe while traveling can be a challenge to navigate, even for the most experienced of adventurers. There are many factors to take into consideration during travel – car safety, good hotels, safe parking, keeping your items safe, and keeping yourself safe. Here are a few essential tips for keeping yourself, and your things, safe as you galavant and adventure!

Car Safety

There are lots of ways to keep your car, and the things in it, safe while you’re traveling. The first and foremost recommendation is to avoid having important documents in your car, like the title, your birth certificate, passport, licenses, etc. While it may make sense to leave them in the event that you get pulled over, when you’re traveling, having those documents in your car makes it easy to steal in one swift go. Keeping your insurance and registration in your car is sufficient in the event of being pulled over, so keep those documents put away in your briefcase, travel case, or other arrangement, tucked safely away.

Another pro tip would be ensuring that any items you need to keep in the car are safely locked in the trunk. Avoid doing this at hotel parking lots or even airport lots – that makes it easy for someone to see you doing it – and do it in advance before you arrive at your destination, either on the way there, or at a pitstop along the way.

If you’re parking at an airport, make sure you get a good spot. You should shoot for a spot near light, or the exit/entrance booths. The same rules apply for a hotel parking spot; try to go to a spot near a light or near the entrance or exit of the hotel itself. If necessary, you can always vote for a nearby parking garage, though fees can be an issue if you’re using a parking garage instead of a lot. Don’t forget that if you’re looking for airport or city parking, you can look into On Air Parking.

Ensuring that your car remains locked unless you’re in it, and high-cost items that aren’t being kept in it for a long period of time unattended, are also good notes for car safety.

Pet Safety

Keeping pets safe as they travel with you is also paramount for adventurers. Some great ways to do this include proper training for the pet in question, especially dogs. Cats are fickle beasts and may not be able to be trained, but dogs can be trained to have good recall and proper leash manners. Keeping your dog leashed in general areas, and muzzling them if necessary, can also be helpful tips for keeping your dog safe. If you decide to go off-leash with your dog, make sure that the area you have in mind is safe for off-leash dogs and is dog-friendly. Places like parks, preserves, or other nature destinations are sometimes not dog-friendly, so it’s always good to check. No matter where you take your dog, make sure you bring a poop bag so you don’t leave any waste behind.

In regards to cats, using a pet-friendly hotel and offering your cat entertainment is a great place to start for keeping them safe. Perhaps tag-team with keeping your cat company if you’re traveling with someone, so they aren’t alone for extended periods of time. Different pet-friendly hotels (or even hotel chains) have different restrictions and requirements surrounding keeping a cat in the room, so be sure to research what restrictions may apply in regards to leaving the cat alone.

Keeping Yourself Safe

Keeping yourself and your things safe is very important while traveling.

There are lots of ways to keep yourself safe, one of which includes keeping your travel plans to yourself. Don’t talk about your itinerary with people you aren’t traveling with. It’s okay amongst family and friends, over group chats or in person, but avoiding talking about it in busy, crowded areas where anyone can hear you can protect you from potentially being a target of theft.

Another tip is to avoid traveling at nighttime. Nighttime is a notoriously good time for robberies, thievery, or other nefarious activities, so avoiding driving, hiking, or doing other major traveling at night is a great way to avoid that. It can’t be helped if your travel plans are hinged on nighttime travel – redeye flights, anyone? – or if you prefer to drive at night due to children or other circumstances. But if you can, avoid travel at night because it puts you in a slightly higher risk category versus daytime travel.

Avoiding seedy or overall unsavory parts of town can also keep you safe. Asking hotel managers, or locals in general, where it’s good to avoid would be another option, since you can ask them if there are particularly unsafe areas of town you should avoid.

Stay away from bar fights, riots, or civil disturbances. While joining in on a local riot might seem like a great time, it’s not the safest plan when you’re far away from home. There are some exceptions, like a rally you’re participating in for a cause you believe in, but otherwise it’s best to avoid major disruptions like that.

Keeping a copy of your insurance, government-issued ID, and passport in a safe place can also help keep you safe. In the event of a tragic accident while traveling, that information will help identify you. Be sure to keep any information about pre-established travel plans in the same place, so someone knows what your plan is regardless of you being able to contact them.

If you’re planning on camping or otherwise staying somewhere that has less-than-great cell service, you should also be sure to inform someone close to you about that. Because cell service can affect tracking apps or people’s ability to contact you, it’s good to have your itinerary be known by someone who can contact police in the event of you going missing or losing all contact. Hiking, camping, and immersing yourself in nature is a great way to get away from the stresses of everyday life, but those things also come with their own risk. If you’re a hiker, bring along lots of water, snacks, and emergency first aid supplies with you. While camping, make sure you have access to weather alert information and other emergency alerts, so you don’t increase your risk of being stuck in severe weather without any warning or provisions to keep you safe during that time.

Be mindful of scams while traveling. Make sure that any tour guides you utilize are vetted and safe, so you’re not led astray in an unfamiliar place by someone with less than noble intentions. Keep an eye on food and drink in public spaces, especially at bars and clubs. If you walk away from your drink, let it go and get a new one.

Keeping yourself safe while traveling can seem like a lot of extra work, but it’s worth it when you consider how many fun adventures you can have!

If you’re seeking safe, secure airport or city parking, you can look into the third-party lots offered by On Air Parking. If you have questions regarding the safety and security of the lot you choose, you can feel free to get in touch with OAPs customer service Monday through Friday, 10am to 7pm ET by calling 888-487-2754 or by texting 424-532-8940. You can also reach customer service by emailing hello@noson.io