9 Safety Mistakes You Make While Traveling

Could you possibly be making these travel safety mistakes without even knowing it? Here are 5 common safety errors travelers make. Next time you’re traveling, be sure to avoid these!

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Not Having Backup Storage for Money and Documents

If you have all of your cash, credit cards and other important documents in one wallet, what will happen if that wallet gets stolen or lost? It’s a very good idea to keep an extra credit card, some cash and photocopies of your travel documents and passport in a separate location. That way, if you do get robbed, you won’t be completely without any money, cards or important information.

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Packing Too Much

Carrying a huge, overloaded suitcase can actually put you in danger for a number of reasons. First of all, you won’t be able to quickly escape an unsafe situation if you’re struggling to carry your bags. Also, dragging a huge piece of wheeled luggage behind you means you don’t look like a seasoned traveler, so you will be more of a target. Someone who has unscrupulous intentions can offer to help you with your bag, putting you in an awkward position. It’s much safer to have a backpack you can comfortably carry without any assistance.

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Going Without Travel Insurance

Don’t try to reduce the budget of your trip by going without travel insurance. You might think “nothing will happen” but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Travel insurance can really save you if you experience an accident, a medical emergency, theft or any other disaster. Make sure that you read the fine print so that you understand what your travel insurance covers you for.

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