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Mackoul’s Travel Safety Tips

By June 19, 2013April 15th, 2018General Updates

Summertime means vacation time for many of us. Whether it’s a weekend at the beach or an extended stay overseas, you have to be careful wherever your vacation destination may be. We want you to be as safe as possible during your time off, so we put together some Travel Safety Tips to help protect you during your summer excursion.

Important Documents

Scan your important documents (passport, travel insurance information, credit/debit cards) and email the copies to yourself. This way if you lose your originals, you can easily access your scanned copies by signing on to your email account.

Consider Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is designed to help cover medical expenses or financial losses you might incur while traveling.  Depending on your aliment, the cost of medical attention in another country can quickly add up.

Phone Charges

Check with your cell phone company prior to your trip regarding voice and data charges. In some cases, it may be cheaper to use prepaid phone cards during your trip.

Jewelry and Attire

Flashy jewelry and clothes can attract unnecessary attention. In foreign countries, it’s usually safer to blend in rather than to stand out as a tourist. If you must bring expensive items, make sure you lock them in your hotel safe when you aren’t wearing them.

Do Your Homework

Know the laws and customs of the area you are traveling to. While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.


Leave a spare ATM card and credit card in the hotel safe. This way you will still have access to cash if you’re pickpocketed or robbed. Keep only a small amount of cash on you.


Leave a copy of your itinerary with a trusted family member or friend.


If you’re driving to your vacation spot, make sure your vehicle is in good working order and research your driving routes prior to getting on the road. Remember to also stop and take breaks if you start to feel drowsy while driving.

Be Aware

Be an observant traveler. Examine your surroundings and avoid situations that have the potential to be problematic.

We hope you have a relaxing, fun and safe vacation!

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