With every great travel adventure comes something learned, whether it be a new cultures’ food, language or understanding a new currency. With things we learn from vacation also comes knowledge on how to stay safe while traveling, especially if you’re a frequent traveler.
No matter how experienced of a traveler you are, there’s always a risk of danger when you’re exploring unfamiliar territory. We want you and your loved ones to be safe when you travel, so we’re sharing travel safety tips so you can protect those you love most. Keep reading for 5 travel safety tips everyone should know so you can be better prepared for your next vacation.
Tip #1 – Research Your Destination
Prior to traveling, it’s best to do some research. Find out local laws (if you’re traveling out-of-state or internationally), medical care and visa requirements. Additionally, you’ll want make sure there aren’t any travel warnings or travel alerts which could hinder your plans. U.S. Passports & International Travel is a great resource for international travel information. If you’re traveling internationally, bring contact information for the closest U.S. consulate or embassy. They’ll be able to help you in the event of an emergency 24/7. For a list of U.S. embassies and consulates, visit www.usembassy.gov/.
Tip #2 – Give Family/Friends A Copy Of Your Itinerary
Before your trip, be sure to give someone in your family or a friend a copy of your itinerary. In the event of an emergency back home, they’ll know how to contact you if they can’t get a hold of you via cell phone or email. Same goes for if there’s an emergency on your trip – loved ones will be able to know your plans for the entire trip and can contact you if need be.
Tip #3 – Pay Attention To Your Surroundings
Exploring new cities and countries can be exciting, and if you’re like most travelers, then you’ve got a tightly packed schedule of sightseeing. Although you’ll be taking countless photos and taking in the sights, it’s important to pay attention to your surroundings. If you’re traveling with family or friends, make sure you know where they are at all times and keep an eye on them – don’t wander too far. If you’re exploring a new city, stay alert and pay attention to people and things around you to stay safe.
Tip #4 – Only Take Well-Traveled Streets
When you’re unfamiliar with a new city or country, it’s best to take well-traveled streets and remain off of back roads and alleyways. When you are walking down streets and blocks, make sure it’s during daylight hours surrounded by other people. Never wander by yourself, especially when it’s dark.
Tip #5 – Notify Your Bank
Ever travel out-of-state, go to use your credit card and find out that your bank froze your account? When traveling, it’s crucial to have money readily available in the event of an emergency, so be sure to notify your bank of your travel plans. Make sure to tell them where you’re traveling to and how long you’ll be out of town.
Other General Safety Tips
To avoid becoming a victim of crime, follow these general security tips:
- Withdraw money during daylight hours only
- Don’t leave valuables in your rental car
- Pack extra prescription medications
- Hide your camera when not in use
- Don’t wear or carry jewelry and purses
By following the tips above you’ll not only have a safe trip but will enjoy it even more knowing you’re doing all you can to keep you and your loved ones protected while exploring an unfamiliar city or country.
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- Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
- Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City (MKC)
- Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe
- New Century AirCenter in Olathe (IXD)
- Gardner Municipal Airport in Gardner
- Lawrence Municipal Airport
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