Travel Safety Checklist

March 23, 2009 10:54:21 AM PDT
A guide to help your travels go more smoothly

-Be careful of what's on your laptops and phones, as these are subject to seizure and review. (Ex: Racy photos of you and your significant other may be seen as trying to import illegal pornography in some countries.)
-Once you get there, get out of the airport immediately. This is a thriving ground for pickpocketers and thieves. Don't wait until you get to the airport to exchange currency. -If you will be in a foreign country longer than two weeks, register with the local U.S. Consulate.
-Remember: You are subject to the laws of whatever country you are in. U.S. laws do not apply to you when not on U.S. soil.
-Dress conservatively. (Think about slogans on T-shirts, etc. Try not too look like a tourist.)
-Walk purposefully and only ask military or police officers for directions.
-Be careful about where and when you take photos.
-Limit the valuables you carry with you and keep your passport locked in your hotel safe. -Be careful what you say when talking to strangers.
-Women should never travel alone to a foreign country, particularly if they do not speak the language. They also should not leave alone.