Hotels, especially of the four and five star category are extremely safe. They provide you with a safe in the room and at the reception area, and cameras that are located in the strategic places. So here are a few tips to avoid your valued possessions from taking a walk:
- If the hotel has in rooms safe use it and store your valuables in there.
- After you have placed the code and closed the door firmly locked on the safe. Press all numbers that do not make up your code, and press them firmly. The reason to do this is because some hotel staff put a light oil residue or powder on to the touch keys that shows them when using a certain light what numbers were pressed.
- Never put valuables in soft material bags even if they are padlocked. This avoids any possibility that somebody may slash a seam with a knife and remove your things inside it. This should also apply to luggage that you check into the airplane.
- Never get drunk and invite a stranger to your room. This seems funny, indeed, but better safe than sorry.
- Make camp before dark.
- Check for potential hazards. Be sure that your site is free from glass, sharp objects, branches, large ant beds and hazardous terrain.
- Avoid areas of natural hazards. Check the contour of the land and for potential trouble due to rain.
- Inspect the site. Look for a level site with enough room to lay your tent.
- Build fires in a safe area. Your open fires and fuel burning appliances must be far enough away from the tent to avoid accidental burning of your tent.
- Constantly check your fires . Be sure you have an area for a fire that cannot spread laterally or vertically – a grill or stone surface is ideal.
- Beware of poisonous plants. Familiarize yourself with any dangerous plants that are common to the area where you are camping.
- Think before you drink. No matter how clean stream water looks, it’s likely to contain water-borne parasites and microorganisms that can cause discomfort or serious illness.
- Chose your clothes around one or two basic colors. This will minimize the number of shoes you have to bring.
- Take as few clothes as possible. Plan on laundering.
- Wear and carry washable silk clothing whenever possible. It is as warm as and as cool as cotton. It dries overnight and it is a space saver.
- Plastic rain coat can double as a bathrobe or windbreaker.
- If both the time and money for laundering are concerns, take lighter weight pants rather than jeans.
DURING YOUR STAY
- Try to look as if you know where you are going, this may not be so easy if after all it is the first ever time in that country, but even still look confident as IF you know.
- Carrying maps around looking puzzled, and stopping to look at monuments or buildings, obviously shows that you are from out of town, and may attract the wrong type of attention.
- Using travelers check is encouraged, as well as using a credit card for any purchases.
- Do not pull large amounts of cash out of your pocket. This might catch attention, no matter what country you are in.
- Try to think about where you are going that day and carry sufficient cash for that and any unforeseen extras, plus a card.
- Do not accept drinks from anybody that you have just met, there is a possibility that the drink is drugged.
- Do not carry your passport around, leave it in the safe in your hotel. A photocopy will suffice if local law states that you need to.
Money & Travel
- Take your major credit cards, such as, Visa, Master Card and American Express.
- Be sure that it is a credit cards and not a debit card. Debit card may have the company’s credit card logo. Many locations require a credit card and will not accept a debit card.
- Leave all your local store credit cards in a secure location at home. It would be pointless to bring something that will not be accepted internationally.
- Contact your credit card company before leaving to avoid delays in your transactions. They will also be able to explain many of the services that they can provide while you are on your trip.
- Research on your selected location.
- Know the local laws and abide by them.
- Dress conservatively and try to blend in.
- Take care when choosing your hotel and transportation providers.
- Leave your valuables in your hotel’s safe.
- Avoid wearing flashy jewelry.
- Don’t display large amounts of cash. Carry only enough cash to make it through the day and leave the rest in the hotel’s safe.
- Avoid traveling alone.
- Be careful about sharing your traveling plans with strangers.
- Stick to the main roads and avoid taking shortcuts down narrow alleys that you are not familiar with.
- Be observant.
- Only use taxis, tours and other transportation services with official markings. Only select transportation from official pickup points at transportation hubs.
- Never accept gifts or packages from unknown parties.
- Don’t accept items from locals to carry out of the country and deliver or mail to someone they know.
- Know the laws about exchanging money. Only use official exchange facilities since this is another area that can get you into trouble fast.