Whether you're headed to Nicaragua, Nepal, Namibia, or just up the road to Northumbria, your trip will inevitably be busy. but in between shrines, safaris and scuba diving (presumably not in Northumbria…), it's important to keep your safety in mind.  So plan ahead, and stick to these top tips for safe travel, and you'll be able to turn your attention to what you've gone away for…fun, fun, and more fun!

1.    Airport security

Yale TSA luggage lock

TSA luggage lock

In recent years, airport security has become much more rigorous, particularly in the USA.  Tighter security procedures mean your luggage is more likely to be opened and examined by airport officials; if locks and zips are forced open, it can damage your bags, or result in a broken lock.  A TSA (Transportation Security Administration) luggage lock offers a security feature that allows US security personnel to open and re-lock your luggage without any damage.  This leaves you to whizz through baggage reclaim upon arrival so that you can get out and get on with your adventure!

2.    Better safe than sorry

  • Yale Portable Travel Safe

    Portable Travel Safe

There are always spectacular sights and sounds to capture when you're visiting a country for the first time – it's great to show your friends and family when you get home – but flashing your smartphone or digital SLR camera can make you a prime target for pickpockets. There isn't always a safe provided in a hotel room to keep your stuff safe, particularly in budget accommodation, and when there is one, it can often carry a subsidiary cost.  Taking a portable Travel Safe ensures you'll always have somewhere to keep your belongings secure. The safe can be attached to any fixed objects in your room while you're out and about, and can be carried in a bag or anchored to something on the beach if you don't want to leave your valuables behind.

3.  Lock it or lose it

It can be a great experience to see a city from another point of view; for example, renting a bike and cycling around in Holland is a must.  While it's a fun, efficient and eco-friendly way to get around, you want to ensure you keep your rental secure, and don't lose your security deposit!  A bike lock can be a good solution. That way, you can rest easily while your bike (or anything else for that matter) is parked up securely outside.

4. Very alarming

With a busy day exploring ahead of you, you're not likely to give it much thought when you skip out of your accommodation and lock up…but it's important to make sure your possessions are left somewhere secure.  While there's not much you can do about the integrity of the door (other than move rooms if your door has a broken lock!), you could always set up a battery-powered stand alone alarm to keep guard.  Placed freestanding on a shelf or fixed to a wall, your alarm will alert you if an intruder breaks in – think of it as a portable burglar alarm!

5.    Alarm yourself

Yale Personal Attack Alarm

Personal Attack Alarm

Once you've had a siesta, you'll want to get out and experience the local nightlife.  A personal attack alarm is small and discreet to carry, with an ultra loud built-in siren, which is activated by pulling the hand loop.  Whether you're out at a carnival, full moon party or fiesta, carry a personal attack alarm to ensure you can enjoy partying safely, and the only thing you have to recover from the next day is a late night!

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