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On any international trip I always sew pockets on the inside of my pants. I can still easity reach the contents but don't have to worry about pickpockets. Passport, plane ticket and traveler's checks all go into water tight baggies and into the interior pockets. Why the water tight baggies? You have not lived until you are caught out in a moonsoon rain while traveling in Southeast Asia.

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The only tip I have is if you are going to be gone a week or longer is to put your mail on hold at the post office and to stop the newspaper so they don't pile up on your porch while you are gone because this would be a sure sign that no one is home. Its also a good idea to have a relative stop in your house occasionally to be sure everythng is ok. 

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When traveling and in everyday life I practice situational awareness. Pay attention to what’s happening around you and react appropriately. 

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Always carry your piece!

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Welcome to the forum Mike. In my previous post I addressed my tips from an RV perspective and will continue to do so here. It veries from location to location, but do not rely solely on your credit card, alot of places do not want to pay the fee, so they either want cash or believe it or not a personal check.  ATM's are hard to find, especially out West and Southwest, so have at least $200 cash on board for those instances when you need it and bring your checkbook along. I also subscribe to a road service and have an extended warranty plan on my rig, I have yet to use them, but I have that peace of mind that if something happens, I have help on the way.  Also, if you plan your stop ahead the night before, you might want to call ahead and reserve your camping spot during the high season because, out West or Southwest, camping spots with full hookups can be hard to find and fill up fast before 6 pm. There you have 3 tips to consider if you RV.  Happy Trails!!

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I also would like to get some good tips as a new traveler. 

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More tips for a safe vacation

 
Alert your bank and credit card company to your travel plans. If you don’t, charges you make might be declined if you’re in a location where you don’t usually travel.

 

Also, depending on where you’ll be visiting, you may need to arrange for special health insurance coverage prior to departing.

 

Hotel room, coffee shop and airport Wi-fi networks may be unsafe. Learn how to use a VPN, purchase your own mobile wireless hotspot, investigate purchasing a SIM card for use in a country you’re visiting, or set up your smartphone serve as your computer’s Wi-fi connection.

 

In your hotel room, use an Ethernet cable instead of in-room Wi-fi to connect to the internet.

 

And avoid conducting financial transactions using your smartphone or computer on the road. Visit a financial institution in person.

 

Your airline miles represent valuable currency to fraudsters. Protect your miles by making the password on your airline account at least eight characters, hard to guess and check your mileage balance regularly.

 

Make color copies of your passport, driver’s license and insurance cards, and emergency contact information. Give one copy to a trusted contact back home, put one copy in your travel bag separate from where you keep the originals. Scan a third and upload the files to a password-protected location in the cloud such as Google docs or OneDrive.

 

Share your photos on social media, but wait until after you return home. Even if your privacy settings limit who can see what you post, it’s risky to let on that you’ll be away from home.

 

Do you really need to bring along expensive jewelry? Can your smartphone replace a high-end camera? Apart from the risk of carrying and showing off expensive items in public, your hotel room isn’t as secure as it might seem. Hotel key cards can be hacked — it doesn’t even have to be a valid card, and some members of the hotel staff can open in-room safe deposit boxes.

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@daditude  Those are all things I do except for the STEP.  Thanks for that bit of info.  I'll be looking into that for my next overseas trip.

 

As to your #4, on my recent trip, I used a very thin money clip type RFID protected wallet in my front pocket and a "decoy" old wallet in my back pocket.  The money clip wallet held ID, some money, and two credit cards.  The decoy only had garbage papers in it to pad it.

 

On your #2, I would only email the documents if you have zipped and password protected or encrypted them.  A Google documents account would let you store them encrypted online but be accessible from any computer or phone.

 

I would add a wallet cleaning before the trip to the list and leave at least one credit card in the room safe in case your wallet gets lost or stolen.  There are lots of things you may not need in your wallet during the trip, especially on an overseas trip.  Like a Sam's Club card, Costco card, casino cards, etc.

 

I recently found several brands of pickpocket proof clothing.  They aren't cheap but not outrageous for quality clothing.  There are shirts, pants, and jackets for men and women in casual and dress levels.  Clothing Art has a video on their website on how their line works to prevent pickpocketing.

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I especially agree with limiting the amount of miles you do per day. Three hundred sounds just about right. In my younger days I put much more time into my daily travel time while going cross-country. I couldn’t do that again if I had to.

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I loved your response!

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