One of the most important considerations to take into account before a trip is safety planning. Life is unpredictable, and this is especially true when placing yourself in unfamiliar places. Recently, Australian health insurance company Frank Insurance asked me what my top essential safety tips were for the road. Here, I share my answers with you.@yayfrank asked me my top #tips for staying safe while traveling. What are yours? Click To Tweet
1. Book Your First Few Nights Of Accommodation. I love traveling without making plans; however, I do believe it’s smart to book your first few nights of accommodation. Why? Not only does it help you settle into a new place, but it makes you look less like a tourist upon arrival when you have a set destination. For some, booking the entire trip’s accommodation in advance will give them peace of mind, though note this makes it harder to have spontaneous itinerary changes (my favorite!). On the road I’ve met many travelers who led me to change my plans, and because I hadn’t scheduled too much I was able to.
2. Invest In Clever Travel Companion Pickpocket-Proof Garments. I’ve been using Clever Travel Companion garments since 2011 and have been recommending them ever since. Their offerings range from underwear to long johns to undershirts and beyond, though each style has one thing in common: interior pockets where you can hide your valuables so that potential thieves don’t even know you have anything on you. Buy a few garments for your next trip for peace of mind — not to mention it alleviates the need to carry a purse!I'm a big fan of @CleverTravelCo for #travel safety. Here's why. Click To Tweet
3. Make Sure You’re Insured. One of the worst mistakes a traveler can make is hitting the road without having health and travel insurance. And this isn’t just for adventure travelers. Whether you’re hiking in the Amazon, jumping out of a plane in New Zealand or simply exploring Seattle on foot, there’s always a chance a mishap could go wrong…even before you step foot on the plane. Make sure you’re covered both at home and abroad. You can check out or contact Frank Health Insurance for more information.
4. Carry A Vigilant Personal Alarm. I use this little gadget — one of my travel gear essentials — both at home and on the road. It has a wrist strap so you can wear it like a bracelet and, if you need to, easily pull the cap off to sound a BLARING alarm (seriously, it sounds like a fire truck!) that would likely scare any attacker.
5. Download The Emergency App (free; iOS & Android). This go-to emergency resource app was created by the Red Cross, and offers solutions for 14 types of emergencies and disasters within the United States. One cool feature is the ability to customize 35+ emergency alerts based on your location and where your loved ones are located. Additionally, the app contains emergency first aid info advising on everything from heart attacks to heat stroke. This is one of a number of excellent personal safety apps I recommend for road warriors.I love the Emergency App by @RedCross for #travel safety. Here's why. Click To Tweet
6. Get Your Shots. Before leaving for your trip, it’s important to visit a travel clinic to make sure you have the right vaccinations and medicines. Along with keeping you safe from illness, certain countries actually require particular vaccinations before entering, such as Ghana mandating visitors have a Yellow Fever Vaccine with proof. If you don’t have the necessary medical requirements you could be sent home on the very plane you arrived on.
7. Prepare Your Documents. Don’t leave for your trip without making copies of your passport, visas, ATM card, credit cards, birth certificate, driver’s license and other important documents or ID cards. Leave one copy at home with someone you trust, and take another to tuck somewhere hidden in your luggage separate from the originals in your luggage. This will save you much hassle if anything gets lost or stolen.
8. Leave Valuables Home. While you may love your wedding ring, Coach bag and one-of-a-kind vintage scarf, they’re not the best accessories for traveling safely. Keep anything you’d be upset to lose at home. When leaving home I try to pack as lightly as possible, helping to make me less of a target for thieves and easing my mind that, if something gets lost, it’s not the end of the world. If you’re like me, you become much more disorganized when out of your home environment and routine.When #traveling, leave anything you would be devastated to lose at home. Click To Tweet
Do you have a travel safety planning tip to add? Please share in the comments below!
*This post was sponsored by Frank Health Insurance.
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