Ten Safety Tips When Traveling Abroad

Remember that 911 doesn’t work outside of the united states.

Wherever you go, find out what the local emergency hotlines are and save them to your phone (preferably on speed dial). Also research the nearest U.S. embassies or consulates and save those addresses and phone numbers (usatoday.com).

Look left first before crossing the road in left-driving countries.

It’s a simple thing to do, but it could save your life.

Adopt the look of a local.

Do some research about the local fashion, and dress accordingly. Thieves are always looking for targets who stand out as tourists (ordinarytraveler.com).

Consider purchasing a money belt.

Pickpocketing and petty thievery are the most common types of crime to fall victim to when traveling abroad. A money belt allows you to strap your valuables and cash to your body, beneath your clothing, and away from pickpockets (ricksteves.com).

Be sure you have multiple copies of your passport.

Print a copy to carry with you, print a copy and leave it with someone at home, and take a photo of it and email the photo to yourself. If your passport is lost, it will be much easier to acquire a replacement.


Do not talk to anyone who approaches you until you are finished. Cover the keypad with your hand. Be vigilant for signs of tampering (ricksteves.com).

Review the escape routes and emergency protocols of your hotel, if you’re staying in one.

If a fire or other emergency occurs, you’ll be prepared instead of panicked.

Before you leave, check out the state department’s smart traveler enrollment Program (STEP) page, where you can register your travel plans.

This will make it easier for government officials to contact you in the event of an emergency, whether it’s a natural disaster, an emergency back home, or civil unrest (https://step.state.gov/step/).

Always bring an emergency kit with you on the road trip at home or abroad.

This should include a backup battery for your phone, a first-aid kit, reflective warning signs, blankets, non-perishable food, a tire gauge, a flashlight, bottled water (usatoday.com).

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