How to Keep Yourself Safe When Traveling

posted: 10/03/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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When the shocking news broke that Kim Kardashian was robbed and held at gunpoint in her hotel room in Paris, it got many of us thinking about our safety when we travel. So instead of just planning where we're going to stay and what we'll eat, we're thinking of the precautions we need to make to keep ourselves safe whether we're traveling within the US or abroad. Of course most of us won't be traveling with millions of dollars of jewelry like Kim Kardashian, but before you pack your bags for your next trip, here's a few ways to keep yourself save and enjoy every minute of your travels.

Prep before you leave- Make copies of your medical card, credit cards and travel itinerary before you leave. Give a copy to a family member or friend to keep at home and keep a set with you, separate from the real documents. Same goes for your passport if you are traveling abroad.

Don't Promote Your Travels on Social Media- It can be tempting to post that beautiful sunset you are watching on the beach or a selfie before you hit the town while on vacation, but you could be giving major hints and clues as to your location, your valuables, and when you won't be home or in your hotel. Before Kim Kardashian was robbed, she posted a very expensive ring she was wearing and then later that her security team was out at a nightclub while she was in the hotel alone. Bad move for her and a bad move for you too.

Be a Smart Tourist- You might be looking at your phone or directions or taking pictures of the scenery, but don't make yourself an easy target. Always keep your purse or wallet close, be aware of your surroundings and the people in those surroundings, and even if you're up for a late night, nice neighborhoods and areas can get questionable late at night.

Stash Your Valuables- Give yourself a daily allowance so you don't have to carry all of your money. You don't need to bring all of your credit cards or even your social security card. Just bring one credit card or debit card and your ID, and leave the rest in your locked suitcase. Keep your camera insides your purse or inside your jacket. Carrying the camera or wearing it around your neck will just attract thieves.

Do Not Disturb- Leave the Do Not Disturb sign on the door when you're gone and leave the television on to give the illusion you are in the room.