Top 10 Travel Preparedness Tips!

Planning your vacation can be both exciting and time consuming. Anytime you plan to travel there are so many things to consider it is easy to forget about travel security and safety considerations. We at Vtrips want you to have the best vacation possible so we’ve gathered the top ten travel safety tips to make your planning easier.
  • Emergency Planning
      • No one wants to think that their vacation might begin or end with an emergency but it is always better to be prepared than struggle to find information when you most need it. When traveling to a new destination it is always best to do some research beforehand. Read travel reviews, check the State Dept. website for country updates and enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for updates and gather information on emergency numbers (police, fire and ambulance, embassy or consulate).
  • Keep Additional Copies of Important Documents
      • You never know when you might need a copy of your passport, drivers license or additional identification. Scan these documents to save online or print several hard copies and keep secured. This way you won’t have to scramble if you need to.
  • Keeping Safe is your Priority
      • The best advice to keeping safe is to be mindful of where you are and who you are with. Keep your friends and family updated on where you are going, who you are going with and what you will be doing. Check in regularly with your contacts be careful when approaching strangers. Be aware of your surroundings, it is easy to get distracted with new exciting adventures and forget that you are in a new environment. Keep an eye on your personal belongings and use good judgement when speaking with unknowns.
  • Lock up your Valuables
      • Traveling with anything super valuable is usually a bad idea, but if you absolutely have to you need to minimize the easy opportunities for theft. Firstly, travel backpacks are not very secure. Try using a slash-proof backpack or hardcase that would minimize slashing through the material. Calling ahead to your accommodations to ask about secure storage options is your best bet to secure your items.
  • Learn Common Travel Scams
      • Everyone things they’re too smart to be scammed – but it happens. Wherever your travel destination is you’ll always find scammers waiting to trick you out of your cash or valuables. Forewarned is forearmed and researching tactics will keep you from being tricked out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.
  • Get Travel Insurance
      • People always think they will never need travel insurance until you do. The truth is everyone should carry some kind of health and property insurance when traveling. Why? Because stuff happens. You can’t prepare for everything and travel insurance is your safety net for when the those unexpected and completely stressful occurrences happen.
  • Tell Your Bank or Credit Card Where You are Going
      • So you’ve planned a wonderful vacation and everything is going great, you’re shopping and eating out, and then…your bank locks down your cards. If this happens you will be lucky if all you have to do is answer security questions to determine your identity. As you may (or may not) know going through customer service on a bank or credit card can be time-consuming and stressful, especially if your card was hit with fraud alert. Avoiding this hassle is the best solution. Contact your bank or credit card and let them know of your upcoming travels.
  • Be Wary of Public Wi-Fi
      • In the age of social media it is easy to want to connect to the strongest wi-fi source. Especially if it’s free. However this convenience comes with a caveat. Hackers looking to steal valuable information can access your data (including credit card of SSN numbers stored on devices) when using a free system.
  • Carry Emergency Cash
      • It’s a smart practice to plan ahead when it comes to funds. If the worst happens and you lose your bank or credit card, emergency cash will come in handy.
  • Pack a First Aid Kit
      • Injuries can happen when you travel and it is a best practice to always carry a first aid kit just in case. Basic supplies, such as: Sunscreen, anti-histamine tablets, band aids and pain medication can keep you from having to run out to the store to purchase at the last minute.