Before you leave, make sure to:
- Consult internet firms for security guidance.
Sites like TripAdvisor, Hostels and Oyster provide us with a wealth of information and recommendations from people who have visited the areas our physical security and personal custody experts recommend to you.
- If you’re going to stay on Airbnb or CouchSurfing, we recommend choosing choices that have many positive ratings.
Enter and check the reviewers’ profiles to see that they are genuine and have rated multiple locations throughout time; if feasible, write them a note to inquire about their experience.
- Obtain a contact from the location where you will be visiting.
Many social media platforms are perfect for connecting with female travelers worldwide. You can inquire about local customs and activities or even arrange to meet with them. The Travelettes, Go Girl Travel Network, and Pink Pangea are a few of our favorites.
- Tell someone you trust who lives at home about your plans.
If something goes wrong or they need to reach you, at least one close friend who is not traveling with you should have a broad understanding of where you are going and what your daily plans are.
- Photograph all of your documents and save them on a password-protected website, such as DropBox, that you can access from any computer.
Passports, identification cards, airline ticket numbers, bookings, etc. This way, if you lose them along with your computer or phone, you’ll be able to restore your data quickly.
- In the event of an emergency, roaming is worthwhile.
If you don’t want to buy a comprehensive plan, at the very least, bring a few foreign phone cards with you.
- Think about getting travel insurance.
Several companies provide travel insurance for individuals, couples, and families to cover various unforeseen expenses. They’ll cover not only medical and dental emergencies but also lost luggage, vacation cancellations or delays, rental car damage, and more for a modest charge.
- Arrange for regular conversations with someone who lives with you.
You can contact me via Skype, WhatsApp, or email. It’s a wise precaution, plus it’ll offer you an opportunity to brag about your exploits.
- Join the International Association for Travelers’ Medical Assistance (IAMAT).
They will assist you in locating a nearby hospital with qualified English-speaking doctors.
What do you think you should bring?
- Don’t overpack.
It’s possible that packing small is a safety tip: Nothing says “rob me” like someone hauling four massive pieces of luggage down the street. A smaller bag will also make it easier to maneuver around if you need to be somewhere quickly.
- Always have a printed copy of your itinerary and crucial phone numbers.
This information could include the number and location of your hotels, anyone you want to meet with, an emergency contact, and the location of your country’s nearest embassy.
- Don’t keep all of your money in a single account.
Take some cash and a credit card with you, and keep some in your bag and some at the hotel.
- Use the bottom of a box of tampons or pads to stash your spare cash. No one is going to look in that area!
- Make sure you have a backup charger for your phone.
There’s also an LED flashlight on this one.
- Dress as if you were a native (or at least like a person who has been there long).
This will keep you from attracting the unwelcome attention of strangers. In addition, you won’t be a target for pickpockets or scammers if you don’t look like a tourist.
- A fake wedding ring can be handy in some situations.
According to the US Department of State, women traveling alone in the Middle East should wear their wedding rings. Look at what other women who have gone alone have done in various places.
- Find out if your hostel or hotel offers lockers or safes by calling ahead.
Take a bike lock and tie your belongings from somewhere in your room if you don’t have one.
- Bring an anti-theft bag with you.
An anti-theft bag will make you feel more secure leaving your belongings while you’re out exploring, especially if you’re living in hostels or carrying pricey gadgets like computers or cameras. It’s like having a portable safe for all of your belongings.
- Bring a small door or window alarm with you.
They are a low-cost and easy solution to make any location feel safer. The door alarm is also an excellent feature for making communal restrooms more private while showering.
- Bring a one-piece swimsuit with a slim fit.
It’ll be pretty easy to wear it under your clothes if you’re heading to a protestor in the middle of a crowd where someone could trespass.
- Bring a defense mechanism with which you are familiar.
Pepper spray (which you can’t bring on the plane but can keep in your checked luggage) and a whistle are good self-defense options.
- Always have emergency contraception on hand.
Obtaining them in some nations can be difficult or impossible. So even if you don’t think you’ll have sex on your trip, it’s still a good idea to be prepared.
- Get yourself a selfie stick!
The selfie stick will be your go-to tool when you don’t want to give your camera or phone to someone else to take a picture of you.
To keep you secure, follow these steps:
- Keep two hotel keys on you, one in your purse and the other in your clothing.
You won’t be left out if your suitcase is stolen this way.
- Never indicate you’re alone when ordering room service or anything else in a hotel.
If necessary, say something like “I’ll be back shortly” or merely open the door halfway.
Put a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door and turn on the TV when you leave your hotel room.
It will deter thieves because they will believe there are people present.
- Make friends with the staff at the hotel or hostel.
Inquire about how to move around the neighborhood and which locations to avoid.
- Write down the address of your hotel or hostel so that taxi drivers may see it.
If you don’t speak the local language, it’s a good idea to learn it before taking a taxi.
“Packing light could be a safety tip: nothing says steal me’ like someone hauling four massive luggage down the street.” If you need to travel about quickly, you’ll be able to get around more simply with a smaller suitcase.”
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- Arrange for a private vehicle to pick you up from the airport, especially if you arrive late at night.
Moving can be a lot easier if this does not influence your budget.
- If you’re listening to music, don’t wear both headphones simultaneously.
In this manner, you’ll always be on the lookout. You can also use headphones without music as an excuse to avoid uncomfortable discussions and a technique to eavesdrop and indirectly listen in on anything suspicious.
- Don’t look at your phone or a map in the middle of the street if you get lost.
Walk into a cafe or a store and look around.
- If you rent a car, pay for a GPS.
Checking a map or your phone is unsafe and time-consuming in an unfamiliar location.
- If you’re driving, fill your gas tank halfway to avoid running out of petrol in an area that appears to be dangerous (or where there are no gas stations).
- Bring your bag with you whenever you need to use the restroom, including on buses and trains.
- Always travel in a train car with a more significant number of passengers.
Sit near the entrance and next to other women on buses or trains.
- Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever
If at all possible, avoid using night trains alone.
- Put money aside in your budget for an emergency fund so you can call a cab if you feel scared walking.
- Before getting into your cab, take a license plate picture.
- Make a natural (or phony) phone call while driving or walking home to say, “Yeah, I’m nearly there.” “I’ll be there at…”, so the driver will believe you are already at your destination.
However, this is not the case.
- Look up your taxi’s itinerary on Google Maps to determine whether you went off the beaten path.
- Put your bag between your legs or between your body and the counter, rather than next to you, if you stop to buy tickets or anything else at a spot where you might be distracted.
It will be more difficult for them to take it due to this.
When meeting new individuals, remember to:
- Don’t overdo it.
Recognize your limitations. While having a good time, remember to be alert.
- Talk to as many people as possible!
Talk to the people around you, whether you’re outside or in the middle of a tour, to get a sense. Making friends is also the best method to discover interesting stuff you wouldn’t have discovered on your lonesome.
- If you’re feeling lonely and insecure, start narrating stories about your partner (actual or imagined) with the term “we” first.
This fosters a sense of belonging and security.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you say no to everything.
It’s OK to refuse assistance with your luggage, a dinner invitation, or a shot of vodka from a man named Boris. However, if it means feeling safe, don’t be afraid to be rude. Also, trust your instincts when it comes to accepting aid. It’s not always necessary to be in the company of a male to feel comfortable, and there are plenty of friendly strangers willing and able to assist you.
Make a natural (or fake) phone call to say, ‘Yeah, I’m almost there.’ Take a photo of your taxi license plate before getting in, then when you’re in a car or walking home, make a real (or fake) phone call to say, ‘Yeah, I’m nearly there.’ So the driver thinks someone is waiting for you at your location; I’ll be there at…”