Public Safety Awareness

Tips for Safe Summer Travel

It seems like everyone is gearing up and getting packed for vacation lately. While July and August rea undoubtedly the busiest months for vacations and air travel, May and June are the prime times for booking trips, preparing for international travel or sneaking in an early vacation in order to take advantage of the milder weather. With that in mind, we’d like to take this time to provide some quick and easy tips for travel safety, both in the country and international.

Airport and Flight Safety
  • Get to know the 3-1-1 rule for liquids in your carry-on bag. It will save precious time and hassle for you and everyone behind you at the security checkpoint.
  • Arrive at the airport with plenty of allotted time for check-in and the security screening. The recommended time is at least 2 hours prior to departure.
  • Remember that there is always a tiny chance that your checked luggage might be delayed or lost, and for that reason you should carry important documentation, money, identification and a day’s worth of provisions in your carry on.
  • When you are arriving at the airport and waiting for your flight, keep your bag and personal belongings close by at all times.
  • Never accept packages or agree to carry something for a stranger. Don’t worry about feeling rude. It’s a matter of national security.
  • Have a government-issued ID ready at all times. For international travel, you will need an official, up to date passport and a tourist card, if necessary. Always keep these with you in a safe, secure place.
  • Electronic items, like laptops and tablets, may be additionally screened. You might be asked to turn your device on for further inspection or to remove a laptop from its case.
Vacation Safety
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash on your person. If you do travel with cash, keep a small amount with you and the rest in a secure place, like the safe at your hotel or different pocket in your luggage. Only exchange or transfer cash in the privacy of your hotel room, instead of out in the open.
  • Avoid wearing expensive or flashy jewelry or watches. You should want to avoid standing out. You can also research local dress codes in order to dress appropriately and blend in at any foreign location.
  • When you’ve arrived at your destination, find a safe, secure place to keep your airline tickets. For foreign travel, you will need to carry your documentation, like passports and tourist cards.
  • Keep your credit cards and passports secured from scammers with RFID proof holders and sleeves and avoid using ATMs in crowded, public places. Hotel or Bank ATMs are ideal.
  • Always keep the rest of your party informed of your plans when you venture out. Someone at home should also know where you are, what you’re doing and when you should be arriving back home.
  • Never take shortcuts, no matter how well you’ve grown to know your surroundings. Stick to well-traveled streets and avoid walking alone at night.
  • Keep your camera and any other valuables hidden in your bag and only take them out when using them. Never hang a camera from your neck.
  • Never view a map in a wide open, public space. You should assume that you are being watched and you don’t want to appear to be lost or confused.
Hotel Safety
  • Always take your hotel room keys with you when you leave your room, even to go to the pool or spa.
  • Make use of your in-room safe to keep extra cash, airline tickets, jewelry or any other important belongings secured.
  • Always be aware of safety exits and doorways near your room. You want to be alert for strangers loitering near your room, but you also want to remember the quickest way to safety in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure your door is closed and locked tightly when entering and leaving.

Follow these important tips when traveling either inside or outside of the country and your next summer vacation will be sure to go off without a hitch!

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