Safe Travel Checklist

Planning to travel abroad?
We hope to help you prepare with this safe travel checklist.

Preparation

  • Pack multiple debit cards and wallets.
  • Timely check the validity of your passport and whether you need a visa.
  • Learn important sentences of the language of your destination by head.
  • Timely check whether you need any vaccinations.
  • Pack a loose lock, so you will be able to secure your baggage on your way. Using this lock, you will also be able to use your suitcase as a safe (in case there is no safe in your hotel room).
  • Always use a TSA-lock for your suitcase.
  • Make sure you have a decent travel insurance.
  • A Secrid Wallet will protect your debit cards against skimming.
  • You can also use a special anti-theft backpack.
  • Buy a prepaid credit card.
  • Do you travel to a cold destination? Pack your thermo underwear.
  • Inquire if you have to legalize your medicines for your destination.
  • Bring a flashlight and a pocketknife (check-in luggage).
  • Buy a cabin size suitcase that you can place underneath your airplane seat (underseater). So you can keep an eye on your baggage during the entire flight.
  • Make copies of your passport and keep them in your check-in luggage, hand luggage as well as your pocket.
  • Create a first aid kit with patches, a disinfectant, sunscreen, anti-mosquito and diarrhea inhibitors.
  • Use Pack It pouches to protect your baggage from liquids that may leak.
  • Read about other cultures. For ladies: wear a headscarf and dress yourself appropriate for your destination.
  • Write down the telephone number of your Bank, so you will be able to block your debit card if necessary.
  • Keep phone numbers of local authorities and the embassy in your mobile phone.
  • Keep travel documents and other important documents in the cloud, so you will be able to print those in case of emergency.

At the airport

  • Know at which departure hall you have to check-in and be on time.
  • Do not take too much luggage. Know the kg-restrictions of the airline you travel with.
  • Let your baggage get sealed, so it will be protected against damage, theft, bursting open, smuggling drugs and getting lost.
  • If you go backpacking, you should buy a backpack cover so loose straps will not get stuck during transportation.
  • Do not take your baggage from the conveyor belt if you suspect someone messed with it. Report yourself to Customs.
  • Use a closable luggage tag and never write down your home address on it.
  • Never leave your luggage unprotected.

During travel

  • Upload your photos in the cloud (in case your camera gets lost or damaged).
  • Wear a hat to prevent sunstroke.
  • Do you go bushwalking? Cover your lower legs to protect them from insects.
  • Take a fake wallet (without money) and wear it on a clearly visible place (for distraction). Wear your money in a money belt on your body and hide it at several different places.
  • Drink enough water if it is hot.
  • Do not use Internet banking in an Internet café.
  • Look carefully before you insert your pin code automatically. In some countries, the numbers are in a different order. Do not forget to take your bank card. In some countries the money appears first.
  • Do not take strangers to your hotel room.
  • Do not post photos on social media during your travel, but wait until you are home again. If you do post during your travel, burglars will know you are not at home.
  • Protect your eyes with UV400 sunglasses.
  • Be careful with food that you buy on the street.
  • Always beware of scams. For example: fake-priests or fraudulent taxi drivers. If you travel by taxi, agree on a fixed price in advance.
  • Always beware of pickpockets. Do not let yourself get distracted. This might be a trick.
  • Do not show with your passport or wallet.
  • Lock your hotel room with the extra hook or chain.
  • Avoid hotel rooms with a street side entrance.
  • Inquire information about neighbourhoods you should avoid.
  • Do not accept a drink from strangers and do not drink too much alcohol when you are alone with strangers or people you have only just met.
  • And finally: always use common sense.

 

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