While traveling can be interesting, happy and even necessary at times, one should take care that the experience should not be a problematic one. For this travelers should follow some basic guidelines, which would help them in a long way to ensure their own safety as well as that of their family and luggage.
Ensure that your insurance coverage caters to any kind of loss or accidents overseas. Your health insurance may reimburse you for medical care while abroad, but most health insurances do not ensure medical evacuation in case of an emergency from a remote area.
You could purchase a policy designed for travelers, catering to short-term health and emergency assistance, and especially medical evacuation in the event of an accident.
It is essential to register your travel with the State Department so that you may be contacted if necessary in case of a family emergency at home or because of a problem in the place you might be currently situated in.
Keep a note of the credit limit of your credit cards while traveling, this way you can avoid over charging and cross limits during travel. There have been times when people have been arrested for unknowingly exceeding their credit card limit.
Always avoid carrying too much of cash, countersign travelers checks in front of the person who will en-cash it. Restrain from showing your money to unknown people. Be sure to take back your credit card the transaction is complete.
Avoid black marketers for money exchange and deal with authorized agents only. In case of a loss or theft immediately report the matter to the authorities.
Always be very cautious while traveling. Use your instinct and common sense while traveling, beware of local goons or pick pockets. Avoid politically tensed areas, or unsafe roads.
Keep with you a list of emergency phone numbers that you might need apart from the closest embassy or consulate numbers.
Keeping yourself safe in the hotel is as important as on the roads.
Check into a hotel only after you have prior information about it. Avoid meeting with visitors in your room. Keep your valuables in the hotel safe instead of the room. In case of international travel it is always advisable to travel with a group or on a travel cruise.