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.


  • 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.

Before We Leave:
  • Prevent Plumbing Leaks and Water Damage While Away. Water damage from frozen pipes, ruptured washer hoses, leaking supply lines and dripping water heaters costs billions every year. This checklist will help you avoid water leak problems in your house.
    • Know the locations, and how to shut off, internal and external water shut-off valves
    • During the cold season, close the supply shutoff valve inside the house and drain water lines before leaving for extended periods
    • Prevent frozen pipes: Set thermostat no lower than 55 °F (13 °C), insulate pipes and wrap heater tapes around the pipes.
    • Install Frost-Proof Outside Faucets
    • Check Water Supply Lines to appliances, faucets and toilets for age/damage. Replace as needed.
    • Test a Sump Pump(s) on a regular basis.
    • Check Rain Gutters and Downspouts for clogs
    • Well Water: Shut off Water Pump and Water Conditioning/Filter System before leaving for extended periods
    • Monitor and fix/replace aged roof and damage
    • Maintain sewer or septic systems
    • Divert ground or rain water away from the foundation of the structure
    • Install Temperature sensors, Backup sump pump battery, Water flow sensor and Water leak detectors/alarms.
  • Before We Leave Checklist
  • Mail Forwarding and Processing Service for People on the Move

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:

Ways to Hide Your Valuables While Traveling    [Article 2]    [Article 3]    [Annoying Video]

Vehicle Safety

Computing Devices:

Ecotourism: What Is Ecotourism? "Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education." Broader definition. Through visiting areas of stunning natural beauty, seeing animals in their native habitats and meeting members of local communities, travelers can increase their awareness of the importance of conserving resources and avoiding waste, experiencing traditions and cultures of their destination without missing out on adventure, excitement and relaxation. Ecotourism helps protect natural habitats and pristine environments and benefits the local job markets.
Bucket List-Worthy Ecotourism Destinations

Tools & Resources:
TSA Travel Tips and Information
These tips for travelers could save your life
Guide to Personal Safety & Security
Building a Personal Defense Strategy
Overcoming Jet Lag