Security Travel Tips
Travel should be fun and relaxing. Those are good reasons to buy an international travel insurance policy for your vacation. Ghale Treks reminds you to take reasonable precautions to ensure your personal safety and security.
Travel Safety Tips
Following are travel tips to help make the most of any vacation. We recommend that you print a copy of this list as a reminder to make safety your No. 1 priority. And keep a printed copy of your domestic or international travel insurance plan with it—just in case.
- Check the status of your flight. Most airlines want you to check in at least an hour (two hours for international flights) before your flight is scheduled to depart.
- Allow plenty of extra time at the airport (generally 2 hours prior to departure). New security procedures have increased the time needed to check-in. Build in more time if traveling with young children, infants or people with disabilities.
- Check with your airline to see if curbside check-in is available.
- FAA guidelines now allow travelers only one carry-on item plus one personal item such as a purse, briefcase, laptop computer, or small book bag-style backpack. Other personal items allowed include coats, child safety seats, diaper bags, books or newspapers, small bags of food and assistance devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and oxygen. These carry-on allowances vary from carrier to carrier. Please confirm what is allowed with your carrier before leaving home.
Travel Safety Tips at the Airport:
Checking In and Security Checkpoint:
- Keep your bags and personal belongings within reach at all times.
- Do not accept packages from strangers.
- Do not joke about having a bomb or firearm. Do not discuss terrorism, weapons, explosives, or other threats while going through the security checkpoint. Security personnel are trained to consider the slightest mention of these topics as a serious threat.
- Adult passengers are required to bring a government-issued photo ID. If a government-issued ID is not available, bring two pieces of ID, one of which must be from a governmental authority.
- Remember, only ticketed passengers are allowed beyond the security checkpoint. Be prepared to show identification at the ticket counter, security checkpoint and before boarding the plane.
- Electronic items such as laptop computers and cell phones may be subject to additional screening. Be prepared to power on electronic items for screening personnel. Also, be prepared to remove your laptop from its travel case so it can be X-rayed separately.
International Travel Tips
General Security Tips:
- In the event of a riot or civil unrest, go to your hotel and call the consulate and your airline. Do not go to the airport without a confirmed ticket or assurance that it is safe.
- Lost passport: Call local police and the consulate. Temporary passports are available
Whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, don't become a victim.
Make your hotel stay safer
- Do not carry large quantities of cash. Traveler's checks provide personal security and can be replaced.
- Do not carry jewelry, wallets, or purses—wear a non-visible money belt. Transfer money from your money belt to pockets in your hotel room or in a bathroom.
- Use your dress and appearance to blend in with the crowd. Take the time to research local dress codes, so as not to stand out.
- Once you have arrived, keep your airline tickets in a separate, secure location from your passport. Also, remember your credit card number is on your airline ticket!
- When traveling to a foreign country, always carry the required travel documents such as your passport, visa and tourist cards.
- Be aware of local scam artists; always assume you are being watched.
- Always inform others of your plans (family, consulate/embassy).
- If mugged, cooperate with the assailant and voice your willingess to comply by saying, "You can have anything you want. Do you want me to get it or do you want to get it?" Avoid eye contact.
- Keep your camera hidden until you are ready to use it. Use tote bags instead of camera bags. Do not hang your camera around your neck.
- Avoid viewing maps in wide-open spaces.
- Leave copies of all your information (credit cards, passport numbers, travelers checks, air tickets) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid walking alone at night.
- Do not take shortcuts. Stay on well-traveled streets.
- Avoid demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience. Seek immediate shelter in hotels, restaurants, police stations, etc.
- Withdraw money from ATMs only during daylight hours, preferably in banks or hotels.
- Never leave valuables in plain view in your car. Lock items in your trunk before reaching your destination.
- Take hotel room keys with you to the pool or spa.
- Find out in advance if there is on-site security.
- Verify that window and door locks are secure.
- Place valuables in a safe and get a receipt. Check the hotel's insurance liability limit.
- Be careful of exits and elevators on your way to the room. If you are alone late at night, ask for an escort. Be suspicious of anyone loitering around the lobby.
- Close your door tightly when entering or leaving your room.
- Do not place ski or dive gear on the balcony.
- List calls made, received, and their times, even unanswered calls.
- Leave the radio, TV, and/or lights on, with the Do Not Disturb sign out.
- Wedge the bathroom door while showering.
- Be prepared in case of fire
- Familiarize yourself with all general and emergency exits.
- (If you can), extinguish fire or pull fire alarm.
- Phone the fire department before calling the front desk.
- Stay low, turn off air conditioning, get room key, check the door for heat with the back of your hand before opening.
- Put wet towels under door and in vents to keep smoke out of your room.
- Fill tub, sink and wastebaskets with water to re-wet towels and cool hot walls.
- Remove curtains. Crack open window.
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