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Holiday Safety Guide
Before you go on holiday
Make sure you have selected the right travel insurance to cover yourself, your family and your valuables while away on holiday.
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Keep a copy of important documents or policy numbers for
insurance, flight details and hotel bookings. Take a photocopy of your passport. Let family and friends know your itinerary.
There are plenty of options when choosing how to take money away with you on holiday such as pre-paid cards, travelers
, credit or debit cards and cash.
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Only take cards away with you which you are using, keep the rest at home. It is not advised to carry large sums of cash on you, if you have to make sure it is divided between your wallet and
or money belts.
Choose a pre-paid card or credit card which offer the most flexibility for the country you are traveling to with the lowest rate of fees.
Make sure you don't carry more money than you need to while you're out and about, split with a friend or partner if possible.
Inform your Bank
It is always a good idea to inform your bank that you are going away if you intend on using a credit or debit card while you are over there. They maybe able to advise you on the best way to pay.
While you're away on holiday
Make use of the hotel safe
If your accommodation has a safe, use it. Make sure you test the code is correct before you close it. If you make a note of the code, don't leave it lying around.
Don't leave valuables such as cameras, laptops, phones or cash on show in the hotel room. If the item is too large to fit in the safe, lock it away in your suitcase.
Mark all valuables with a
property marking kit
Secure your accommodation
Check if there are any security locks or alarms fitted already, if so use them.
Use portable travel alarms such as the
portable PIR Chime and Alarm
Door Wedge Alarm
Door Handle Alarm.
Keep a list of emergency numbers / addresses.
Know the local emergency numbers such as police & ambulance.
Have a copy of your hotel's address to give to taxi drivers, with a translated version if required.
Keep a map of public transport to hand.
Secure your valuables while you're out and about
for ID, cash and small valuables, they are designed to sit underneath clothing to prevent pick pockets from spotting them.
Use bag dipping items such as the
ZipClip carabiner hooks
purse dipping bells
to prevent pick pocketers and thieves from targeting you.