Travel tips keep you safe away from home


Travel tips keep you safe away from home

by: Shaina Marie Santos | .
Joint Region Edge | .
published: April 08, 2013

Traveling can be an enjoyable experience, especially when visiting someplace new. However, there are a number of things to keep in mind to ensure your safety and security while away from home.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Safety and Occupational Health Manager Mellissa Cruz said all risks must always be taken into account when preparing for a trip.

“The excitement of traveling and the thought of visiting a new place never experienced before, or simply going home seems to overwhelm our judgment for realizing potential hazards and risks,” she said. “Remember to be proactive and learn everything good and bad about your destination. By understanding the potential hazards you can avoid risk.”

Two basic things travelers should keep in mind are theft and illness. Theft can be an alarming thought when you want to relax and enjoy your traveling experience. To mitigate the chances of becoming a victim of theft, Cruz suggested the best course of action is maintaining awareness of your surroundings.

“Stay with your luggage until the luggage is checked,” she said. “Place a marking system on your bag that would make it easy to identify during the baggage claim process.”

She also suggested keeping anything you cannot afford to lose in your possession and to maintaining a low profile.

“Carry important papers with you,” she said. “Photocopy your passport, driver’s license and credit cards. Never wear anything that projects affluence. No gold chains, expensive watches and rings, luggage or other belongings  should be in easy view. Above else, be smart, do not walk alleys, poorly lit areas or become loud and rude, which may make you a target for a brawl or easy pickings.”

Cruz said with visits to foreign countries travelers are at risk to the potential for catching a virus or illness.

“Whatever your reason for traveling, be proactive; learn about your destination to find out what types of diseases you may be exposed to,” she said. “Prior to leaving, consult with your doctor and get vaccination shots if necessary. Be sure to think about where you are going and whether you will have access to health items and supplies. Ensure to restock on your prescription and over-the-counter medicine for your trip. Pack your prescription medications in your carry-on luggage.”

Cruz said keeping these things in mind can help make sure your travels are stress-free.

“Traveling can be a wonderful experience filled with fond memories of new and exciting experiences,” she said. “Conduct risk management and educate yourself.”

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