Vacation Safety Tips

By: Jamie Jefferson

Some of us are so eager to get away that when vacation time comes around, we throw caution to the wind, failing to take the usual precautions that keep us safe in day-to-day life. Unfortunately, there are con artists out there who know this and are ready to take advantage. What's more, even innocent accidents can blight a vacation. Small problems can prove much more troublesome than they are at home. It's best to be aware and well prepared, so you can be sure of a trip that is safe and fun all the way through.

When you're driving away from home, be aware that the rules of the road may be different from those you are used to. This can apply even if you're still in the same country, as there are different kinds of terrain to account for and drivers in different regions develop different habits. The most dramatic example of it will arise if you visit a country where people drive on the opposite side of the road. In this situation, take your time to adjust to the new ways you should be moving and the new areas you should be paying attention to. Even if you usually drive a manual transmission, it may be a good idea to have a rental care that is an automatic to reduce the number of new things you have to worry about while driving on unfamiliar roads.

If you're visiting a foreign country it's always a good idea to have a dictionary or phrasebook with you, even if you're confident that you can handle the basics of the language. This is among the more important vacation safety tips because people sometimes forget the vocabulary they need in emergency situations. Make sure you are informed about how the local health care system works and that you know where to seek help in an emergency. Be aware of what your insurance will cover. Make sure that any medicine you purchase comes from a qualified doctor or pharmacist.

The most important vacation safety tips for hotels involve forward planning. Ideally, you should work out where you're going to stay well in advance and secure your bookings. The Internet makes it easy to research most places and read customer reviews. If for any reason you are unable to stay in the place you'd planned on, or if you feel the need to be more spontaneous, ask around for local recommendations. Trust your instincts and don't stay anywhere you feel uncomfortable. Don't leave money, expensive items, or important documents, such as your passport, in your hotel room. Make sure your hotel room door is locked at all times and keep your room number a secret.

If you keep these basic vacation safety tips in mind, you're less likely to run into trouble, which means you'll be more free to relax and enjoy yourself.

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