Traveling: Be Ready

Personal Security When You Travel

Traveling can be an amazing experience, but it can also be a risky undertaking. We at Invicta believe in always being prepared no matter what situation you may find yourself in. By thinking ahead and being informed you can be better prepared for your next adventure while traveling. Whether you are traveling inside or outside the United States, there are many ways you can prepare yourself and be informed. While you are traveling you want to make sure you stay connected with family and friends, that you are prepared for your trip, and that you are behaving in a safe manner. Before you go look over our traveling tips list:

  • Learn about the area you are traveling to, including visa requirements, local laws, customs, and medical care in the countries where you will be. Check for any Travel Advisories for your destination.
  • Enroll in the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important safety and security messages and make it easier for them to locate and assist you in an emergency.
  • Keep the contact details for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate with you. The Department of State’s call centers are available for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, overseas and in Washington, D.C. (888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444).
  • If you take medication, make sure to have at least five days’ worth at any given time – if you can, have enough for two weeks beyond your scheduled trip and have a copy of your prescriptions handy.
  • If you use assistive or medical devices that require a power supply, be sure to find backup power or other ways that will sustain your device or equipment during a power outage.
  • Make sure you have health insurance whenever you are traveling abroad. For more information, see Insurance Providers for Overseas Coverage.
  • Make sure your passport is ready for use. Most countries require that it be valid for at least six months after the end of your trip and that it have two or more blank pages.
  • Keep a list of your emergency contacts handy and create a communication plan for reaching family and friends in the event of a crisis.
  • Phone lines are usually affected during a crisis. Think about other ways to communicate. For example, update your social media status often and send messages as regularly as possible to let friends and family know how you are doing.
  • Many U.S. embassies and consulates, along with the Bureau of Consular Affairs, use social media to provide information check Twitter and Facebook.
  • Have an exit strategy! Know how you’ll get out of harm’s way without needing to rely on assistance – a crisis may prevent or delay emergency responders’ ability to get to you and there will be many people needing help.
  • Be sure you know more than one way to get towards safety – the crisis event may make some roads unpassable or unsafe.
  • Follow instructions from local authorities about security and evacuation. Doing so could save your life.
  • Monitor local radio, television, and other sources for updates. Situations can change quickly, limiting the time you have to get out.
  • If you are staying in a hotel, talk to the staff to be sure you know the hotel’s emergency plan for a variety of crisis events – fire, flood, electrical outage, storms, etc.
  • Keep in touch with your tour operators, hotel staff, airline, cruise company, and local officials for evacuation instructions.
  • Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if you need emergency help. Please keep in mind that this will not alert emergency responders – if you need emergency medical attention or police assistance, contact the local authorities directly if you can.
  • Avoid using public WiFi whenever possible.
  • Password-protect your phones and add tracking tools to all your devices.
  • Don’t post your agenda on public social media, but make sure family and friends have your itinerary.
  • If you are going on a day trip away from your hotel, bring only what you need with you. Be sure to lock up what you do not need at the hotel.
  • Keep a record of important documents, make sure you have access to copies of your passport / ID / medical card/ insure card.
  • Monitor your credit cards and reports during your trip and for at least two weeks after your trip.