Traveling is a fantastic experience but in order to ensure you have the best experience it is always wise to know safety tips to avoid any bad mishaps.
It is wise to heed to some basic safety tips. Many people that don’t have much experience travelling could open themselves up to situations that could be easily preventable.
There is unfortunately crime in many places. Like in any major city you just need to be careful.
The most important rule is to have fun! These basic safety tips in no way should they scare or intimidate you. Almost everyone are great people and most want to help you with your trip.
- Always be aware of pick-pocketing and purse snatching. Also be careful while in a car. It is recommended to leave the windows up because thieves can grab your purse or bag and just they run away with it. The best practice is always put your bags or purses on the car’s floor under your feet. Keep the window up or barely open.
- Another thing to keep in mind is that foreigners are perceived generally being wealthier than the local population. So keep an eye on your small electronic devices as these are targets for thieves.
- If you don’t have arranged transportation use only licensed taxis. These taxis are available at the airport and they will be more expensive than if you go outside of the airport but they are safer. Many people use their cars as taxis even though they aren’t licensed. Although most of them are honest and hardworking people the risk of having a mishap increases as they are not licensed.
- Be careful when giving out personal information to strangers. People are very nice and social people and most of the people you meet have no bad intentions but you should always be careful and not reveal too much personal information that could set you up to get robbed.
- Never accept any packages to take back to your country. Drug trafficking is still a problem in Latin America and traffickers are always looking for naive people to help them send their drugs to different countries.
- I would recommend don’t carry your passport around with you everywhere. If you lose your passport it is very difficult to get a new one. Try to use a safe in your room to lock up your passport. If you don’t have access to a safe at least keep your passport in a different pocket besides your purse or wallet. If you are going to a very crowded and non-touristy place you can always put your passport in a plastic bag and hide it in your shoes or using cargo pants and put it in a different pocket. It’s always a good idea to make a copy of your passport and put it in your suitcase.
- Try to keep a low profile. Thieves look for people that show off expensive jewelry, high end cell phones, cameras and other expensive items. A best practice is to wear common clothing and leave the high end clothing and jewelry at home.
- Avoid walking in dangerous districts at night. Try to walk along well lit streets wherever you go.
- Do not get drunk when you go out to bars and clubs. Always keep your eye on your drink to prevent anyone from slipping anything into it.
- When you go to the bathroom don’t leave any belongings in your chair. Even when you are with people it’s always best not to leave anything out. Remember that thieves are always looking for easy targets.
These tips can be applied to most major cities. These tips are just safety pre-cautions to help prevent bad experiences anywhere.