Europe is a very safe place overall. However, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings in a new place. That’s why we’re sharing a few of our best safety tips to use on your next European adventure!
1. Carry the right gear
Be sensible when choosing your travel gear. Always carry a bag with a secure closure (such as a zip AND a hook) to make it more secure and harder to get into. If you carry an over-the-shoulder purse, keep it to the front of you rather than off to the back or side.
If you carry a wallet, NEVER put it in your back pocket (that’s the easiest way to get it swiped). Even better, invest in a travel security wallet that is designed for anti-theft and is worn under your clothes.
2. Photocopy your passport/important documents before you go
Make copies of all your important documents before traveling and keep them in a safe place. The easiest way to do this is to email yourself photocopies or take digital photos. If anything should become lost or stolen while abroad, you’ll be glad you have copies.
3. Ask hotel staff about safe and unsafe areas in the city
Hotel staff are there to assist you. Don’t hesitate to ask them for advice on the area you’re staying in and which areas to avoid. The best info comes from the locals!
4. Don’t store all your money in one place
Always keep your cash and credit cards separate. In the unlikely event you become victim of a theft, you won’t lose all of your valuables.
6. Don’t be distracted
Always be aware of your surroundings, especially in large touristy areas. These types of places are a beacon for pickpockets who prey un unsuspecting tourists, mainly through the use of distraction techniques. Trust your gut and stay alert.
7. Blend in
The best way to minimize unwanted attention is to blend in with the locals. Be discreet when reading maps and try to avoid all other stereotypical “tourist” behavior. Do as the locals do to stay safe and happy.
8. Use ATMs during the day
Always be safe when depositing cash. Only use ATMs that are located in well-known areas and make sure to cover the keypad when typing in your pin number. Also, be sure to inspect the ATM machine itself prior to using. If the card slot bulges out or if anything looks loose or crooked, choose a different machine. This could be a sign of a skimming device scam intended to steal your credit card information.
Stay safe and most importantly…keep traveling! 🙂