50 Travel Safety Tips
Simple things that could save your life.
32. Use covered luggage tags. Instead of your home address, write your office address on the baggage ID.
33. Lock all suitcases. If you make a lot of purchases on your trip and your bag becomes full, secure the bag with strong tape.
34. In public rest rooms, use the corner stall. Keep your purse and/or luggage on the wall side of the stall.
35. On overnight flights, keep an eye on your valuables. A good idea is to put your valuables in a security waist pack (versus leaving it in your stowed carry on) and wear it while sleeping. When you go to the lavatory, take your purse/valuables with you.
36. Talk to female passengers and flight attendants on the plane about the safety of your destination.
37. In a busy area, if you deposit your belongings on your car’s passenger seat, lock the door before walking around to the driver’s side.
38. Don’t exit a taxi until you’re sure you’ve arrived at your destination. Pay while still in the car so that you can be sure you’ve gotten the proper change.
39. Stay close to your valuables when passing through airport security.
40. If you place your carry-on bag on the floor when sitting in a restaurant or other public area, put your foot through the strap; don’t leave it loose.
41. Tear your name and address off magazines before leaving them on the plane. Why announce to the world that you’re away?
42. To avoid getting lost when leaving a tricky airport, hire a taxi to lead your rental car to the expressway. Don’t use an unmarked taxi; if necessary, take public transportation to a city center.
43. Rent a mobile phone or bring your own. Put the police on speed dial.
44. On the road, if someone tries to get your attention or your car is bumped, don’t stop until you arrive at a well-lit and busy area, or, failing that, stay in the car and blow the horn until someone comes to your aid.
45. If suspicious about “phony” police, don’t open the window. Instead, hold your license against the glass.
46. In your car, keep items out of sight (especially maps and guidebooks). Hatchbacks leave your luggage in plain view.
47. When possible, park so you won’t have to back out. It makes for a speedier departure.
48. A mistake many women make is getting into an aggressor’s car when they pull a gun and order you to step into their vehicle. Most attackers don’t want to shoot you; they want you to get into the car so that they can drive you to a deserted place and torture you. Don’t comply. Run screaming. It is MUCH more likely than not that your assailant will just move on to an easier target.