8 Ways to Stay Safe When You Travel

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Travel with a Carbon Monoxide Detector

This is honestly something that I have only recently considered. I do not know about you, but I have a detector by my bedside at home…so why would I not want to be protected when away from home. Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless which make makes it very dangerous because you do not know that you are being exposed to it until you are very sick or someone else unfortunately finds you.

You can get a battery-operated detector for under $30 from Amazon.


Travel with a Door Stop that acts as an alarm.

Most hotels provide some type of added security in terms of door locking. There is usually a chain, flip guard, or a swinging bar guard. However, for added protection you may want to travel with a doorstop that acts as an alarm. Once engaged the unit emits a loud stop to alert you and anyone else around. For a few bucks you can give yourself an added sense of safety. Available at Amazon.


Drink Responsibly

Just because the drinks are free flowing, that does not mean that you have to drink all-day long. I mean really, do you have rum and coke for breakfast at home and then proceed to drink for the rest of the day. Probably not. Therefore, I am not sure why we get it in our heads that this behavior is cool for vacations. Do not get me wrong. I am not saying that you cannot cut loose and have fun while on vacation. What I am saying is be smart about it, which leads to the next suggestion.

Stay Hydrated.

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when an individual has lost so much fluid that the body can no longer function normally and develops signs and symptoms due to the loss of fluid. The side effects of dehydration can range from dry mouth to more severe issues like dizziness, coma, or low blood pressure. In most healthy people, this can all be avoided by drinking water. Bottled water is recommended and like when in the States, don’t drink from any bottles that have a broken safety seal.

Register with STEP.

The U.S. Department of State has a free service called SMART Traveler. This free service allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to enroll with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate from their destination. When you enroll in STEP, you will automatically receive the most current information we have about your destination country, including Security and Emergency Message updates from the U.S. Embassy Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.

Keep your Passport safe.

When I travel, I keep my passport locked in the safe when I am on the resort property. All I need is to lose it or somehow drop it in the pool. Neither would be a good situation. I also travel with a copy of my passport, just in case it is lost or destroyed. If you have all of your passport information available, it makes getting a replacement that much easier. For the same reason, make sure to leave a copy of your passport at home with a trusted friend or family member.

Leave a copy of your itinerary at home.

It is good for someone other than you to know your travel plans. Always leave a copy with a trusted family member of friend.

Do not wander the resort alone at night.

I know that most resorts are beautiful and they give you a sense of peace and relaxation. But don’t get it twisted! You are surrounded by strangers. You do not know these people, which includes the staff and the other guests. You do not know how they are going to behave, so you have to think about protecting yourself and that means avoiding getting yourself into dicey situations. Lean on the buddy system that you learned in grammar school.