Think ‘safety first’ when traveling overseas. Following a few simple safety rules can ensure a safe and happy holiday.
Your important documents need to be kept safe and secure on your person at all times. This is a simple safety rule. The following items will assist.
- A concealable money belt ensures a safe place to carry your passport, traveler’s cheques and cash.
- There is also a concealable purse you can pop around your neck and inside your blouse/shirt etc.
- A third type can be attached to your belt and tucked under your waistband.
- A wallet chain may also be a good idea while you are visiting an area on foot.
- Make sure you have a good lock/s for your luggage. When you leave them in your hotel room for the day, lock your luggage before you leave. Most good hotels supply a room safe to lock your valuables in, if you wish to leave them.
Safety first when carrying your handbag
For the ladies, I like a bag I can carry almost everything in with a long shoulder strap. The purpose of the long shoulder strap is to go over the head, onto the shoulder and across the chest, your bag sits on the hip on the opposite side of your body. I have noticed some men use a satchel bag too, and carry it in this way. Carrying it this way makes it very difficult for your bag to be snatched or to lose it.
It is a comfortable way of carrying your bag and distributes the weight more evenly. Some companies now use a reinforced fabric to protect what is inside your bag, and to prevent theft with a shoulder strap that can’t be slashed. Magellan’s Metrosafe 200 and 250 shoulder bags are good examples.
Hands free safety rule
Importantly, a shoulder bag carried in the above manner leaves both hands free to use your camera, or steady yourself climbing stairs etc. A suitable compartment in your bag to hold your water bottle is also a must to keep your hands free.
Safety first is important for your physical safety, as in climbing stairs, boarding a boat, exploring caves. You need your hands free. Make just a few safety rules for yourself and stick to them to ensure your physical safety, and safety of your important personal effects.
If you prefer to use a small back pack, this too is fine, but make sure it has concealed zips,,as you can’t always see what is going on behind you, especially if caught up in a crowd?
I have traveled to four different Asian countries as well as Europe and the States. To date I have never had a problem. Always think safety first and follow a few simple safety rules to ensure a safe holiday without loss or theft, by keeping your personal items secure.
Group travel ensures safety in numbers.You are definitely well looked after on a small group travel tour. If you are nervous about traveling, start with a small group travel tour, test the waters and see how you enjoy this mode of travel.
Always think ‘safety first’ and be aware of your surroundings in a foreign country.