Your Guide to Adventure
Vacations should be a time spent having
fun and relaxing. By taking a few extra precautions while
traveling, you can prevent yourself, or your friends and
family, from being a victim of crime. Consider these safety
tips to help you, your friends and family have a fun and
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use travelers
checks that can usually be replaced within 24 hours.
- Use ATMs only during the day. If you must use one
at night, find a well-lit, busy area where you won't
- Keep credit cards, cash, passport, and plane tickets
- Wear a money purse underneath your clothes
to hold your passport, phone numbers for credit card
companies, and a small amount of cash, in case your
wallet gets stolen.
- Leave copies of trip information with a friend or
family member at home. This includes credit card numbers,
passport numbers, plane tickets, your itinerary information,
and phone numbers for your credit card companies in
case these get lost.
Carry a fake wallet in your back
pocket containing around $20. If you were to be mugged,
this would satisfy the robber without draining all
of your funds.
- Have your mail delivery stopped while on vacation.
Nothing gives away an empty house like a stack of
mail or newspapers at the front door.
- Lock your personal documents in a safe while you
are out of your hotel room.
- Do not bring your regular check book with you on
vacation. If your checks get stolen, its difficult
to cancel them and track their use as you would a
- Bring carry credit cards that you will only need
on vacation. Leave other cards (such as those exclusive
for department stores, gas cards, etc.) at home.
- Secure your plane tickets since these may also contain
your credit card number.
- Cover the ATM key pads whenever you are entering
your PIN. Someone could be watching over your shoulder,
or from a distance, and then later attempt to steal
your wallet and use this personal information.
- Do not draw attention to yourself as a tourist.
Avoid reading maps in a busy, high-traffic area or
carry your camera in a tote bag rather than the carrying
case. Do not flaunt large amounts of cash when removing
money from your wallet or pocket.