When you leave for your honeymoon, you’re thinking of fun and good times. But take a minute to acknowledge the reality of travel. Consider your personal safety, health concerns and loss of money.
Be aware that pickpockets are experts at blending into a crowd, and they often are well dressed and well groomed.
- If someone seems to be following you, move to a more secure location.
- Be aware of disturbances. Pickpockets often create a commotion so that a partner can pick your pocket.
- Travel Light. Wear unassuming clothing, carry inexpensive luggage and leave costly jewellery at home.
- Walk with purpose. Don’t look vulnerable or lost.
- Photocopy your passport, credit cards and drivers license. Leave one copy with a friend, and carry another in a pocket.
- Don’t give strangers (such as desk clerks, doormen, and taxi drivers) information about your destination, valuables or itinerary.
- Don’t carry all of your travellers cheques and credit cards in one pocket. Carry only enough for the day, divided up and stashed in secure pockets.
- Don’t put wallet or passport in back pockets.
- Never leave purses or backpacks unattended.
- Carry Hotel and car keys separate from your purse or bag.
If you’re travelling to destinations such as Mexico, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and most parts of Asia, take precautions:
- Drink only carbonated bottled water, soft drinks, bottled fruit juices, alcoholic beverages without ice, and hot beverages.
- Eat only fruit or vegetables you peel yourself
- Make sure foods are well cooked
- Check with your doctor about taking medications with you.
- Remember that ice cubes can be contaminated and should be avoided!
A Safe Road Trip
You’ve decided to take a road trip and explore the country.
You’ll take along your camping gear, swimsuits, towels and coolers so you can pull in at out-of-the-way spots and be alone. Romantic isn’t it? It can be if you pack carefully.
- Extra drinking water
- Cell Phone
- Car Safety Kit: cables, gloves, flashlight, road flares, tire gauge.
Personal Safety Kit: first aid kit, sunscreen with SPF, mosquito protection, detailed road map of each area.
Plan your route well in advance and map out alternate routes in case of road closures. Give a family member or friend a copy of your itinerary.