It’s very important to be aware of your safety when you travel. Although this seems like a “duh” kind of thing to say, many people overlook certain things that they can do in order to mitigate the impact of disaster, theft, accidental loss, and a number of other bad things that can come up.
1.) Ensure that your electronics are backed up. I can’t stress this enough! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of friends who have been on trips where they either lost an iPad or laptop or it was stolen. And nine times out of ten, the data that they had on there was NOT backed up. I suggest looking into one of the many cloud backup services out there (I use them and they are great, you can find more information on my favorite service, MyPCBackup, here).
2.) Get a mobile data plan. If you plan ahead and purchase a small international mobile data plan, you’ll be able to email, text, or look up a map. I did this while I was in Japan, and just being able to use Google maps saved us from getting lost a few times. It can also be very helpful for people in the event that they are in an emergency and need to text or email.
3.) Get trip insurance! Either buy some when you buy your plane ticket, or use your credit card. Some credit card companies such as American Express tend to give automatic travel insurance when you buy plane tickets or rent a car. But do your research first and make sure you’ll be covered.
4.) Get into the habit of taking a “backwards glance” when you leave a place – you’re usually carrying more stuff with you when you travel, and it’s easy to lose track of things and leave things behind such as sweatshirts, sunglasses, and even phones.
5.) Separate sources of money – don’t carry all of your credit cards and cash in the same wallet – keep some in the hotel, some in a bag, and some in your wallet. Don’t lose track of them, but do keep them separated in the event that one is lost or stolen. Then you won’t lose all of them at once.