Schilling Travel and the travel partners we use have the highest priority on traveler safety. No one can guarantee your safety when you travel, but travel safety knowledge can help to protect you. Traveling today is much safer than it was even 20 years ago. Airline, hotel, rail, ship safety standards have been put in place to maximize traveler safety. You have heard it before, you are safer traveling on a airplane, train or ship than you are traveling in a car from your home. Medical knowledge is greater, and there are strict requirements for vaccinations needed in the countries you plan to travel in. Weather forecasting and planning by travel companies is used to minimize danger to travelers due to the weather. And there is ample up to date information about political activity that might interrupt your vacation.
Do you know how to minimize chances of trip interruptions or medical problems? We do. Do you know the latest information on the safety of the region you plan to travel to? We do. Are you aware of the typical weather problems you might encounter during the time of your trip? We do. Do you know where to register with the US government when traveling to a foreign land? We do. This is all part of the service we give our clients.
Here are a few of the recommendations that we have to minimize the problems you might encounter on the road. (Updated February 2018).
1. Always check your flight status before heading to the airport to reduce your waiting time or give you extra time to reschedule.
2. Carry over the counter and prescription medicines with you and do not pack into checked luggage. Be sure to pack over the counter items such as sun block, pain relief, insect repellent, anti histamine, anti diarrhea, and needed prescription medicines, and enough for an extra day or two if you get delayed. Its also a good idea to carry water with you,picked up after being screened for travel.
3. Register with the US state departments STEP program https://step.state.gov/step/ if you plan to travel outside the US.
4. Rid your wallet or purse of extra credit cards, gift cards, identification that is not needed on the trip, and store at home.
5. Confirm that your government ID and your transportation documents exactly match for the name and birth date.
6. Split up your cash into at least two different locations in case of loss, and do not flash cash in pubic.
7. Know where you are going at all times, and enough about the area you are in to avoid higher crime areas. Be wary of strangers who come up to you and ask if you dropped your wallet (so they can see you check your location), or want to take your picture with your smart phone (so they can steal it.)
8. Bring a complete list of all of your medical insurance, doctor and pharmacy phone numbers, and a list of what medicines and dosages you take.
9. If you keep all of your information in your tablet, computer, or smartphone, please keep a paper list of important information for your trip in case your digital device is broken, lost or stolen.
10. Check the weather forecast for the locations you plan to visit, including any airport stopovers to be aware of suitable clothing and any potential for weather delays that could affect your journey.
11. In areas where terrorism is common, do not wear clothing that identifies you as an American, and avoid demonstrations, and high traffic areas with minimal security. Be on the lookout for unattended packages and luggage, and report if found.
12. Be wary of your surroundings when in places with large groups of people and always know where you would go in the event of any possible type of emergency.
If you follow these steps, this will help to minimize any potential problems while traveling. Road warriors and seasoned travelers, do you have other suggestions? Please post them in the comments below. We’ll keep this post and comments alive for at least a year or two. Thanks and safe travels.