50 Travel Safety Tips
Simple things that could save your life.
19. Study a map before going out. Once on the street, use a pocket-sized guidebook to avoid looking like the vulnerable tourist you probably are. Have your hotel’s concierge or a female employee mark any dangerous areas on your map.
20. Dress down. Fur coats and Prada heels scream “mug me.” If you do go out with the good stuff (for a nice dinner or some other formal event), use private transportation.
22. Loop a money belt through your belt loops so if someone cuts it, it won’t fall from your waist.
23. Be wary when getting off a bus or train, or riding stairs and escalators; that’s when pickpockets tend to strike.
24. Carry just one credit card and photocopies of important documents. Divide money for small and larger purchases so you don’t have to expose a wad of bills. (When sharing with friends, keep a kitty for common expenses to make digging for cash in public places unnecessary.) Become familiar with foreign currency before you need to use it.
25. Have tips prepared for porters and doormen.
26. Use prepaid phone cards instead of carrying your card number.
27. Ask the concierge to make any restaurant reservations, and have him or her say, “Please take care of our guest, she’s coming alone and will need a taxi home.”
28. Should a car start to follow you, immediately turn and walk the opposite way.
29. If you must ask for directions, approach families or women with children. To be extra safe, say, “Where is the –? I’m meeting my husband there.”
30. On sidewalks, keep your handbag and other valuables away from the street side (and on escalators, away from the opposite ramp).
31. If attacked, run, fight, and yell as loud as possible.