Travel Safety

Travel Tips to Keep You and Your Valuables Safe

The following are tips for you to follow during your vacation or business trip:

Before You Leave

  • Stop mail and cancel all deliveries, or ask a friend or neighbor to make daily newspaper and passport

  • Hide empty garbage cans.

  • Have a neighbor maintain your yard.

  • Put an automatic timer on lights, televisions or radios.

  • Leave your blinds or shades in their normal position.

  • Tell a trusted neighbor your departure and return dates. Supply that neighbor with phone numbers in case of an emergency and leave them a house key.

  • Ask the police department to periodically check your residence.

  • Lock all windows and doors, including the basement and garage.

While On Your Trip

  • Carry a minimum amount of cash. If you use traveler’s checks, keep records of the numbers separate and in a safe place.

  • Keep a careful watch on your traveling tickets. Carry them in an inside pocket.

  • If driving, plan your route. Have your car serviced, including your tires. Always lock your car when it is parked and keep valuables out of sight.

  • Never pick up hitchhikers.

  • Carry your cell phone.

  • When you stop for the night, remove bags and other valuables from the car.

  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries, flares, fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.

Airport Safety

  • Before leaving for the airport, familiarize yourself with its layout on the airport website.

  • Leave your valuables, jewelry, designer luggage, etc., at home.

  • Walk with confidence, being sure to keep your head up and looking forward at all times.

  • Immediately report any suspicious activity to airport security, including any abandoned bags.

  • Only use taxis and transportation services with official markings.

  • Never accept gifts or packages from unknown parties.

  • Never leave your luggage unattended.

  • Mark your luggage so you can easily identify it, and pick it up right away.


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