Travel Safety Tips


Many criminals prey on and make their living off of unsuspecting travelers and tourists. By reviewing the travel safety tips below you can help to ensure a safe and relaxing trip or vacation.

Before you leave

  • Notify a trusted friend and/or building manager of your travel dates and itinerary. Provide them with an emergency contact number.
  • Have your mail and newspapers stopped or have a trusted friend pick them up every day.
  • Put timers on your household lights to turn them on and off at appropriate times.
  • Leave a radio on to give the appearance that you are home.
  • Make sure that all your windows and doors are closed and secured.

Packing tips

  • Pack as lightly as possible. Heavy luggage will slow you down and make you more vulnerable to pickpockets and thieves.
  • Keep an inventory of the contents of your luggage in case they are lost or stolen.
  • Remove old destination tags to avoid confusion.
  • Place valuables in your carry on bag.
  • Carry your wallet in an inside front pocket or breast pocket rather than a back pocket.

Driving tips

  • Become familiar with your travel route before you start.
  • Avoid traveling at night in unfamiliar areas.
  • Park in well-lit areas and remove valuables from sight.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition before you leave.

Hotel safety

  • Keep all hotel doors and windows locked.
  • Use caution when a person knocks on your hotel door. The front desk can verify if an employee is at your door.
  • Use the hotel safe deposit box to store valuables.
  • Report all crimes and suspicious activity to hotel management

On the town

  • Travel with a friend or group.
  • Carry only the cash or credit cards you need for the day.
  • Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled streets.
  • Watch for distractions by pickpockets.

Travel fraud

  • Do research before you decide on a vacation package.
  • Use a reputable travel agency.
  • Be wary of overly friendly strangers in public areas.
  • Keep your long distance telephone card number secure. Do not allow others to observe your card number or overhear your conversation.