School is almost out of session which means it is the start of the summer travel season. Whether you are headed one state or one country away, it is so important to always be aware of your surroundings.

Growing up in Chicago has made me quite aware of my surroundings and worry about all those people I see walking around with their faces in their phones. This leaves you so vulnerable for theft no matter where you are traveling.

Whether you are traveling by yourself, as a couple or with the entire family, taking some simple steps you can protect yourself and your family from preventable dangerous situations. Traveling with Kids? Here are our Top Tips For Surviving Family Vacations

Top 10 Tips for Surviving Summer Travel Season

Top 10 Tips for Surviving Summer Travel Season

  1. Take more than one credit/debit card.. While I was traveling once, my card was compromised and my bank canceled the card. If I did not have another card I would have been out of luck and money!
  2. Always use the hotel safe. Put all your valuables in the hotel safe even if you are in the room. I know someone that was robbed in their room while they were sleeping. Scary.
  3. Do not use your debit card to pay for things when traveling abroad. Save it for use in ATMs only. Debit cards are easy targets for fraud.
  4. Carry a small amount of cash with you (maybe $200 or $300). This is something I am not very good about. You will be surprised how many people you need to tip in Cash
  5. Carry $50 in your shoe when going out at night. If your purse or wallet is snatched, you have cab fare.
  6. Don’t carry your passport with you. Carry a photocopy of the photo and entry stamp pages of your passport, but leave the document itself in the hotel room safe
  7. Stick with official taxis, rather than random guys who approach you asking if you need a ride. If using a ride share app, be sure to ask the driver who they are picking up and and not asking are you here for….
  8. Walk with confidence and act like you know where you’re going. If you need to consult a map, for example, step into a restaurant, a shop or a hotel lobby to reorient yourself.
  9.  If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable for any reason, go to a public place.
  10. Secure your camera to your self. Cotton Carrier makes high-quality holsters with a quick release lock, so DSLR’s stay secure while travelers roam hands-free. It takes just 3-seconds to unlock, point and shoot. No missed shots fumbling through a bag. No pain from thick neck straps.

 

The Cotton Carrier is a great accessory to have especially if you are traveling somewhere scenic. Probably not something I would use in a big city as I would stick out like a tourist. Just be sure you take off your camera when you put your backpack down.

You might also consider a more tactical backpack if you plan on hiking , camping or simply carrying around things for your family.

Top 10 Tips for Surviving Summer Travel Season

It was easy to assemble, however I did keep my regular strap on my camera since I do a lot of photography at home and need something to walk around with.

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What would you add to the Top 10 Tips for Surviving Summer Travel Season?