Travel Safety Tips

Friday, March 22 at 12:00 AM
Category: Personal Finance

Traveling is an exciting adventure for anyone seeking to learn more about the world they live in. As with anything, traveling comes with both risk and reward. However, the risks shouldn’t outweigh the rewards of exploring new places, so review these safety tips as a precaution.

Pause Deliveries

Who is going to pick up your mail and newspaper while you are on vacation? Rather than having your neighbor gather those items daily, opt to temporarily stop delivery. Safe Wise* cautions that burglars may view accumulating packages and newspapers as a vacancy sign announcing your absence. The last thing you want to do is draw attention to your empty home.

Write down Everything

No one likes to think about someone stealing their credit card, passport or other important documents. However, the risk of theft is real and should be taken seriously. CNBC* urges travelers to write down information for each important item before departing for a trip. Leave the list in a secure envelope with a trusted relative, for safe keeping and easy retrieval while you are away. Additionally, USA Today* suggests tourists leave a copy of their itinerary with a friend or relative at home. Plan times to check in regularly and ask the friend to contact authorities if you fail to check in.

Call Your Credit Card Company

In addition to writing down credit card information, be sure to call your credit card company before departing for a trip. It is important to inform the company of where you will be traveling and how long you will be gone. This simple measure will ensure your cards continue to work during the trip and any unusual activity will be quickly reported.

Arvest monitors its credit cards for suspicious activity, so be sure to report your travel plans to the company before you depart. If your credit card falls into the wrong hands, unusual charges will be noticed more quickly.

Get Vaccinated

As you plan every detail for the upcoming trip, your health may never cross your mind. However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention* encourages travelers to research common illnesses in the country they plan to visit and vaccinate accordingly. Additionally, it is important to make sure all routine vaccines are up-to-date. Your decision to plan ahead could keep sickness from ruining your otherwise incredible vacation.

Delay Posting

Social media can be a great place to keep friends and family updated on all your travel adventures, but posts and geo-tags can also serve as a virtual footprint for thieves. Consider stockpiling your favorite travel stories and photos, and posting them after you return from vacation. You can still share all the fun memories with your followers, without worrying about the wrong people keeping track of your location in real-time.

Check Advisories

Do research and familiarize yourself with the destination, whether domestic or abroad, to ensure you are fully prepared. If you are traveling out of the country, visit the U.S. Department of State* website to register as a traveler and view travel alerts or advisories for the specific country you plan to visit. It is a great way to stay aware of anything that could affect the comfort of your trip.

Secure Your Room

Although hotel rooms may seem secure, it never hurts to add an extra level of security to protect yourself and your belongings. Nationwide* suggests packing a jammer or door stop in your suitcase. It is small, so it won’t take up much space in your luggage, but it could deter unwanted visitors from gaining access to your room.

The views of this article are for general information use only. Please contact and speak with a subject expert or your banker when specific advice is needed.

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