Are you going to travel on your own? You must have seen all the lists of the most dangerous cities and countries. Still, what you can take for granted is the fact that your safety is primarily up to you. If you are careless, you can fall prey to a thief even in a place with impeccable reputation. So before you set off, you had better carefully analyze all the safety issues. Be that a typical tourist tour of a country or a business trip, if I were you I would read these tips below so that your travel is an unforgettable experience in the best possible meaning of this phrase.
#1 Learn to pronounce the things you are allergic to in the language spoken there
If you suffer from a life-threatening form of allergy, you really need to know the names of the critical ingredients in the target language. You can make a list of them on a piece of paper, save them somehow on your phone or use dedicated applications to translate them as you go.
#2 Download the offline versions of the map of the area
Google Maps is a very useful applications as long as you are online. However, if there is no reception you will need to rely on the offline versions of the map that you should download in the comforts of your home wi-fi.
#3 Check the local public transport
Planning the trip it’s good to know how you are going to get around the city, how you actually pay the fees and what the timetable looks like in terms of the first and the last bus or train.
#4 Have two wallets
If you happen to fall prey to a pickpocket, hopefully they will steal the ‘false’ one. Fill it with some change, old loyalty cards and some old receipts. Also, in case somebody wants to mug you, you can always reach for the fake, pretending to have spent all/ most of the cash and to be travelling without any payment cards.
#5 Get a waterproof wallet
This is certainly useful if your trip involves any kind of water proximity. Be that a ferry crossing or a Mediterranean cruise, your cards, cash and documents will be so much safer in it.
#6 Leave the useless items at home
A new expensive camera or luxurious jewelry won’t be really useful. It is certainly likely to catch the bad guys’ attention, though. A more modest outfit plus some cheaper photo equipment will do just as well.
#7 Have a cloud scan back-up of some important documents
Before you set off, don’t forget to make a scan copy of your passport, driving license, insurance policy, etc. Downloading them from your cloud or any online disc will be a life-saver in case they get lost or stolen.
#8 Always pick up the ATM receipts
Apart from that, always make sure that the cash point does not have any extra add-ons, for example one on the card slot. You’d better use the ATMs located near banks.
#9 Choose rooms on the second, third or fourth floor
Experts agree that it is the rooms on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor that are the safest. The first floor rooms are the easiest to break into (once you end up there make sure that the windows and balcony door are closed whenever you go out).
The rooms on level 2, 3 and 4 are just too high for the burglars to climb and yet they are not too high to run down the stairs in case of fire.
#10 Check the door locks and the handles in the windows
Always check the door and the windows before you leave the room. This simple routine will prevent the burglar from getting in as smashing the glass could be too noisy.
#11 Hang out the DO NOT DISTURB notice when you leave the room
Moreover, you can leave the radio or TV on. This will make the potential intruder think that there must be someone in.
#12 Never use the safe
Once the burglars manage to break into, the safe is bound to be the first thing they will check. Be that passwords or other security measures, they have their ways to open it. That’s why you had better hide your valuable items somewhere in the bed (under the mattress) or in the wardrobe.
#13 Never say it too loud when you are checking out
This is just an important piece of information for the burglars to plan the ‘visit’. Knowing how much time they have, it is easier for them to arrange the details.
#14 Cover the keyhole
Someone could peep through it, or even make some videos. You’d better not risk it and cover the key hole. You can fill it with a piece of paper for example.
#15 Put a glass on the door handle
Some economy class hotels do not overspend on security measures to say the least. So if you want to feel safer, put an empty glass on the door handle. If somebody wants to get in, the sound of smashed glass will definitely wake you up and scare the burglar away.
What do you think about these tricks? Do you think you will use any of them during your next vacation?