• 4 travel tips for a safe trip

    2014-08-15

    Seasoned globetrotters know that one of traveling's most difficult challenges is keeping a close eye on valuables. It's a traveler's worst nightmare to realize that their diamond ring or laptop went missing after they'd debated whether or not to pack it. Here is a short guide to prevent this from happening and keep your precious things safe:

    Pack light
    According to Conde Nast Traveler, an obvious solution to this problem is simply packing less, stuffing your suitcase with only the absolute necessities. Leave as many valuables as possible behind to avoid stressing over them as you explore your vacation spot. This applies especially if you're staying at a hostel or accommodation that doesn't have adequate means to secure your gear while you're gone. It's always a smart idea to have a lock with you in case there is storage available to lock up your goods as well.

    Many experts believe that the best route is to take your valuables with you at all times. This is true when flying, too, as it's usually a bad idea to check in a bag with belongings such as expensive souvenirs or cameras. Put these in your carry-on so you can ensure they're handled with care.

    Keep your wallet as empty as possible
    Although it's important to have money while you're traveling, it's of equal importance never to carry all of your cash at once. If you have an ATM card and a credit card, consider taking one or the other instead of both on your outings, so if your wallet happens to be stolen, you'll have a backup. You should also avoid carrying around a significant amount of cash.

    Have a backup of your documents
    If you're traveling internationally, be sure to have copies of documents, such as passports and licenses in the event that they're stolen or lost. Many travelers also take advantage of travel pouches that fit conveniently under clothing and provide a safe haven for your valuables, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

    A little research goes a long way
    Doing a bit of research before setting off on your trip can provide you with useful information, such as what areas of your destination are safe and where to avoid. If you're preparing for a night out on the town or simply looking for somewhere to eat, for example, the Yelp phone app works wonders. After all, you don't want to spend your time at a restaurant that requires you to keep a constant eye on your purse so it doesn't vanish.

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