Follow the tips and advice below to make sure you stay as safe as possible on your holiday.
Protecting Your Valuables
Most of the time, thieves are ‘opportunistic’. This means they steal from people who are easy targets. Use the following tips and advice to make sure you’re not an easy target and thieves should ignore you.
The easiest way to protect your valuables is…don’t bring them with you. Don’t bring electronics, jewellery or money on holiday that you won’t use.
If you’re staying in a hotel, there may be a safe in your room. Use it! You can keep your passport, important documents, cash and credit cards that you don’t need that day in the safe. Then you can go exploring knowing your valuables are safe and thieves will not be able to steal very much from you.
If you need to take credit cards and cash with you when you go out, make sure you put them in different places. For example, don’t put them all in one wallet. If your wallet is stolen, you’ll have nothing left. You could put a small amount of money in your wallet, a credit card in a different pocket, some cash in your bag etc. This means if a thief steals from you, they probably won’t steal all your money.
Don’t make yourself an easy target! Be careful on public transport not to show your wallet or money. Don’t take lots of money out of your bank account in public. Don’t carry a bag that is easy for someone to grab from your shoulder.
Follow these simple instructions, and you should have no problems.
Although it’s very unlikely you’ll get ill, have an accident or have your valuables stolen when you’re on holiday, it’s important to be prepared for these events. This is why it’s incredibly important to have travel insurance. When you need it you’ll be really glad you bought it!
There are lots of different travel insurance options. Most travellers just need basic holiday insurance. This usually covers flights, lost luggage and medical fees. For a little extra money, you can add your electronic devices so if they get lost or damaged they can be replaced.
There are many companies that offer different deals. Just make sure that your travel insurance policy covers everything you need.
If you’re going on an active, sporty or adventure holiday, you will probably need specialist insurance. For example, if you’re going skiing you will need to insure your equipment. The risk of injury is higher on a skiing holiday than a city break, so this insurance is usually more expensive but essential!
It’s important to be honest about the activities you plan to do on holiday. Basic insurance will not cover you if you break your leg mountain-climbing!
It’s easy to think that travel insurance is a waste of money because it’s likely nothing will happen to you. Don’t be fooled! If you suddenly need medical attention it can be extremely expensive and some hospitals won’t help you if you don’t have insurance.
Buying travel insurance keeps you safe and it gives you peace of mind so you can relax on holiday. You know that if something goes wrong, you’re covered.
You know what to do when an emergency happens at home…but do you know what to do in the country you’re visiting?
It’s a very good idea before you go on holiday to write down a list of important contact details.
- The phone number for emergency services
- The phone number and address for your country’s embassy
- The phone number of your travel insurance provider
- Your contacts at home
- Passport number and details
- Credit card details
- Phone number of your bank
It’s important that you write these emergency contact details somewhere so that they are ready when you need them. Make sure that you keep these details safe and somewhere that a thief won’t find them. Then, if your passport is stolen, you know how to call the embassy and what your passport number is. If your credit card stops working, you can call your bank immediately to solve the problem. If you have a medical emergency, you can quickly call an ambulance and save lots of time.
Preparing emergency contact details helps you to stay calm in stressful situations. When something unexpected and stressful happens, it’s very easy to panic. Having these details ready before you go on holiday helps you to think clearly and call people quickly. It’s very reassuring!