Before you go:
- Leave copies of your passport, credit cards, travelers checks and airline tickets with friends or family.
- Consider investing in travel insurance.
While at the airport:
- Keep all of your belongings within reach at all times.
- Do not accept packages from strangers.
- Remember that security personnel are trained to take your safety serious—do not joke about topics such as terrorism, weapons, explosives or firearms.
- Check www.tsa.gov for the most up to date information.
When traveling internationally:
- If your passport is lost or stolen, be sure to call the local police and the consulate; keep a photocopy of your passport with you to make the replacement process easier.
- In the event of civil unrest, be sure to contact your hotel, the consulate and your airline to check on safety; avoid demonstrations and when available seek shelter in police stations, hotels, restaurants, etc.
- Avoid carrying large quantities of cash and use traveler’s checks whenever possible as they can be replaced.
- The safest way to carry your money and belongings is a non-visible money belt; avoid carrying wallets or purses, or wearing jewelry.
- When transferring money from your money belt to your pockets, do so in a private area such as a bathroom or hotel room.
- In order to avoid standing out in a crowd, take the time to research local dress and adjust accordingly.