Travel Safety & Security

Even during seemingly harmless situations, travelers need to be, what security professionals describe as, "situationally aware". It's the foundation of personal security. It extends to every minute you're away from home -- whether walking down a street, riding a bus or shopping in a crowded market. Predators look like us and act like us but they are looking for their next victim. A traveler must be aware of many things as they leave the comfort and safety of their home or business. Here are some resources to consider:

Pre-trip Planning:
  • Share your travel itinerary with at least one of your business colleagues as well as your family members. The itinerary should include flight information, local hotel information as well as local contact numbers. Advise all parties of changes to your travel plans when they occur.
  • Check security advisories along your travel route(s) and at your destination.
  • Allow time for travel processing and allow airline personnel and security personnel to do their jobs. Your life and safety is literally in their hands.

  • Clearly identify all baggage--including those bags that you may carry-on the plane.

  • Have two forms of photo identification with you and stored in separate locations.
  • Carry any medical information with you that may be helpful if you are injured and incapacitated.
  • Carry all documentation and receipts related to your trip and travel plans.

During the Trip:
  • Keep all of your baggage in your possession at all times or until it is in the hands of airport personnel.
  • DO NOT "watch" or take possession of baggage belonging to someone you do not know personally.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you (situational awareness).
  • Expect to see law-enforcement/military personnel and dogs.
  • Have trip documentation and photo identifications close by and accessible.
  • Be polite and consideration of airline and security personnel. Again, they have a job to do.
  • Have ID, credit cards, and money in two separate locations.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone at all times. For international travel, be aware of how to make long distance and emergency calls.
  • If you are approached and feel that you may be a victim of crime or theft, do not try to be a hero. Respond to requests quickly and remain calm. Be educated on kidnapping tactics, prevention and response.
  • Carry with you at all times, information related to medical conditions, blood type and all contact information.

International travel:
  • Do not display wealth or attract attention
  • Be aware of the location of local embassies and consulates
  • Keep a low profile. Avoid casual conversations with local citizens
  • Dress to blend in and avoid clothing that would attract attention
  • Check Foreign Travel Advisories (links below) for the country you are visiting
  • Sign up to receive automated alerts for the countries you visit

Vehicle Safety

Computing Devices:

Tools & Resources:
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
Foreign Travel Alerts, Warnings, Advisories - Australian Government
Foreign Travel Alerts, Warnings, Advisories - Canadian Government
Foreign Travel Alerts, Warnings, Advisories - New Zealand Government
Foreign Travel Alerts, Warnings, Advisories - Singapore Government
Foreign Travel Alerts, Warnings, Advisories - U.K. Government
Foreign Travel Alerts, Warnings, Advisories - U.S. Department of State
Travel Security Form from Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
Trusted Traveler Programs (U.S Customs and Border Protection)
U.S. Embassies, Consulates and Diplomatic Missions
Travel Health Notices - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
TSA Travel Tips and Information
These tips for travelers could save your life
Guide to Personal Safety & Security
Building a Personal Defense Strategy
Mail Forwarding and Processing Service for People on the Move
Overcoming Jet Lag