By: Marlene Affeld
Always Travel With A Fully Charged Cell Phone
Invest in a portable solar charger to ensure a charge should electrical power be unavailable. Make sure you have entered your ICE (In Case Of Emergency) numbers into your contacts and that they are clearly marked.
Clear you cache and browser history from your laptop, cellphone, and tablet prior to traveling to remove personal photos, data or information. Be sure to eliminate any phone contacts that could be stolen and then made targets of phishing or fraud scams.
Back up all your electronic devices and store information on the cloud before you set off on your trip. That way if your laptop or cellphone are stolen, you will still have access to all your valuable data.
When traveling internationally you may wish to set you phone to a constant state of “flight” mode to avoid roaming charges. However, it is important to have the phone on your person should communication beyond an e-mail become necessary. If you plan to travel within one country for an extended period, consider purchasing a local SIM card. Make sure to save the numbers and address of your hotel and your embassy to your mobile device.
Do not leave your electronic mobile devices unattended or stored in checked luggage. Cell phones and other GSM devices all have an internal removable SIM card. If stolen, someone can rack up unauthorized calls on your account.
When traveling to a foreign destination, it is unrealistic to have an expectation of privacy. A great many countries do not afford the same privacy protection for electronic communication as is available in the United States. Be aware that government or local entities may intercept your e-mails, phone conversations, and Internet browsing history.
Leave Contact Information With Others
Make a copy of your itinerary, important phone numbers, and passport and leave it with a family member or friend that can quickly access information for you if your documents are lost or stolen when traveling.
Always leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a responsible person you trust. Do not underestimate the importance of letting someone at home know how to reach you in an emergency. Be sure to leave the name, address and telephone number of your hotel, information about methods of transport and contact numbers as well as the names and contact information for anyone you plan to meet with on your journey. If a situation erupts, you will have someone in place acting on your behalf to assist or attempt to locate you.
Pay Attention To Travel Advisories
Be cautious. You are solely responsible for your travel decisions. Do the research to find out current cautions and concerns in the countries you plan to visit. Review local laws and cultures, entry and exit requirements, climate, and health concerns. Acquaint yourself with travel information and updates on current situations that may affect your safety, health or ability to leave the country in an emergency.
Learn A Few Phrases In The Local Language
Before visiting a country, be courteous and learn a few basic phrases of the language so that you can ask for directions, seek out a public restroom, and order food.