How to stay safe while abroad

Jenai Laignel / 06 March 2015

Everyone wants to have fun on holiday, but we all want to ensure we protect our personal safety too. By following these simple guidelines, you can rest assured that you are doing all you can to stay safe.



Do your homework


Understand local laws, culture, attitudes, etiquette etc. before travelling to a different country. Read up on common crimes or scams in the area, and find out which places are considered safe and which aren't.

Keep belongings safe


Keep your purse, wallet and travel documents in a safe place, and never in your back pocket. Avoid hanging an expensive camera around your neck; although it may be more hassle getting it in and out of your bag, it will be worth the effort.

Related: The 10 worst cities pickpockets

Take out Insurance


Regardless of how long you are going away for, it is vital that you take out the necessary insurance to protect you and your valuables whilst on holiday.

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Have a health check-up


There's no better time to have a check-up than prior to a holiday. It's far better to do this at home than away, and it will give you peace of mind to know you are in good working order.

You should also check whether you need any vaccinations well in advance.

Money


Convert some of your money into travellers' cheques. Don't carry all your money in your purse or wallet; hide some of it in a hidden luggage compartment.

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