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Staying Safe on Vacation

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Everyone wants to stay safe while they are on vacation and not have to worry about what is happening at home. Before you leave you should make sure that all doors and windows to your home are locked and secure, including any internal ones that lead from your garage into your home. Let a trusted neighbor know how long you will be away and ask them to keep an eye open for anything that does not seem quite right. Stop all deliveries to the house, as things being left in your mailbox are a sure sign the house is empty. Do not leave any temptation lying around outside. Ladders, rakes and patio furniture all make it simpler for thieves to enter your home and it is best if it is all locked away.

Now your home is secure you can start your vacation without worrying about it, and now you can concentrate on staying safe while you are away.

Be Safe At The Airport

There can be thousands of people in an airport at any one time. Many of them will be rushing to departures to get their plane. There will be others who have to make connecting flights and some who are just sitting around because they have arrived far too early. With so many people milling around it is very simple for one of them to pick up something of yours by mistake, or on purpose. Keep your entire luggage within your sight all the time and then this will be less likely to happen.

When you are going through security put anything valuable on the x-ray belt last. This will hopefully mean that you have passed through before your valuables come out the other side, and you can pick them up before someone else does.

Try to stay away from the biggest crowds. Accidents are common in airports and they usually take place in the busiest areas. You do not want your vacation ruined before it starts because of an injury sustained in the airport. Staying in the less populated parts of the airport will mean that an accident is less likely to happen and you will be less likely to need the services of a personal injury lawyer. Although if their services are required, there are many good ones who will be able to help.

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Be Safe On Vacation

You should tell at least one member of your family or friends exactly where you will be staying and of any plans, you have to move to other places. Someone should always know where you will be in case they need to contact you urgently, but also because if a natural disaster or some other problems occur where you should be, they can check it out to make sure you are safe from any harm.

Keep your cash and credit cards separate, and try not to carry them, all with you if you have somewhere safe to lock them in your accommodation. Even splitting cash about your person can be safer than having it all in one pocket or purse. Then if someone does manage to steal your wallet, at least they will have just part of your cash.

Before you left home you should have taken two copies of your passport. One was to leave with the relative or friend you have left your travel plans with and the other you should have brought with you. If you are staying in a hotel, ask them to keep your copy in the hotel safe until you leave. If you are staying anywhere else, find somewhere safe to keep it totally separate from your original passport.

Every town and city has areas that strangers should stay away from. If you chat with the locals they will tell you what places to avoid and where the best places are for you to visit. Local knowledge can get you away from the main tourist areas and will often let you see life in the country as it really is and not as the tourist industry want it to look. They will be able to tell you the best places to eat and the best and safest modes of transport to use.

You also need to find out about local traditions and laws. It is very easy to offend someone in another country by doing something that is perfectly normal in the US. Generally, locals enjoy the company of visitors and they will make you very welcome unless you do some that offends one of them and then they will ignore you.

Your vacation is meant to be fun and can be very exciting. Just ensure that you are prepared and take whatever precautions you need to so that you can relax and have a good time.

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5 Replies to “Staying Safe on Vacation”

  1. These are really good tips for staying safe during a vacation, thank you so much for sharing. We usually take road trips now that we have so many kids, but there is a whole list of safety issues when doing this as well. Especially doing a full check up of your vehicle so you don’t break down or lose a tire.

  2. One tip I learned about staying in hotels is to leave the television on and the Do Not Disturb sign on the door when you go out; discourages strangers from breaking in.

  3. This is useful informattion to read. Since I am going on vacation in a few weeks, I wil print this post out to reread.

  4. Thank you for this information. It’s going to come in handy on our Spring break.

  5. I really like the idea of leaving a copy of your passport with a friend. I also like the idea of splitting your money up, so it’s not all in one place. This will definitely come in handy the next time I travel.

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