The Ultimate Travel Safety Checklist
What to do to have a safe and enjoyable
Before you endeavour on your next trip, be it
Vanuatu or other, make sure you have
thoroughly prepared yourself for the travel, as part of your travel planning.
Discovering new places, meeting new people, experiencing new things - those are
just some of the reasons why we like to travel. For these things to remain our priority, we need to make sure that
we are safe at all times. The same goes for our possessions. A single
incident on your trip or back at home, while you are on your holiday, can cause some serious
problems. That's why we have compiled the ultimate travel safety checklist
for you to always have at hand when planning a trip.
Now, let's dive in!
Research before you go on a trip
Whenever you are planning a trip, you should learn more about the location you are
about to visit. For Vanuatu, check our Vanuatu Guide for some quick information and
One of the first things you need to do, after
deciding on your destination,
is to research it well. For your Vanuatu trip, use this site to get more
These would be some of the details you should pay attention to:
If the locals do not speak your language, you should try and learn at least some essential phrases in their language so that you can
communicate about some basic stuff. In Vanuatu you will do fine with English and French.
Research the climate of the area you are traveling to. Having all the wrong
clothes with you can really spoil the vacation, or make it much more expensive - not good if you
are planning a budget
trip. Vanuatu is a tropical destination, so you won't have to worry much
about bringing extra clothes.
When you travel to a different country, such as
Vanuatu, you will experience a
different culture, as well as very indulging tropical climate, ideal for summer
Understand some basic cultural differences. Not knowing what to expect in that respect can sometimes get you in
trouble, especially if you are traveling to a country that has an
entirely different culture and religion from the one you are coming from. Here are some things to know about Vanuatu.
Learn about the way you can travel from one destination to
another. For example, you should always have a plan for how to get
from the airport to your hotel. If you leave that to chance, you might
become a victim of a scam. Remember - travel safety should be your first priority. Many resorts in Vanuatu will provide free airport transfers, as part of your holiday package with
them. But it pays to always ask and confirm beforehand.
Have your documents with you at all times
Before embarking on a trip, naturally, you
should check and update your passport and other necessary documents. While on the trip, keep them with you because you
never know when you might need them. This is one of the most obvious, yet often
travel tips. Having your passport stolen or lost will certainly make
your vacation a memorable one, but not in a way you would want it to be.
You might be amazed how many people don't get
their passport in order
before traveling - make sure you're not one of them.
The same goes for other documents, airplane tickets, money, and valuables. If the
country you are traveling to is infamous for its crime rate, you should know better than to walk around with your
money and passport in your backpack on your back, or in your purse with a
floss-thin strap carelessly hanging from your shoulder. Fortunately, Vanuatu is a laidback paradise with hardly any
of these problems. But be alert nonetheless.
Also, if you do not have a safe box in your
hotel, research what options you have for storing your documents
safely while you are at a beach. By the way, be extra cautious if
you are staying in a cheap hotel or a hostel. Safety is probably not their stronger side.
Do your best to stay healthy
If your immune system tends to react to a change of environment, or you have a
weak stomach, you should think about taking some dietary supplements
before and while on your trip. Getting some probiotics is always a good
idea since many of us react to a change in food and water. Remember this one if you are traveling with kids since
they are more sensitive than us. You wouldn't want the stomach flu or diarrhea to ruin
your perfect getaway with your
family, would you?
Don't forget about your travel insurance! Not having a policy when you are on a trip can be rather dangerous. You should also have
some painkillers with you, just in case.
Another important thing to remember when traveling
is to take your medications
with you, as well as additional ones, such as probiotics, to stay healthy.
Make sure that your possessions are safe
This piece of advice is important for the possessions you are taking with you and
those you leave behind alike. It goes without saying that you should never leave your luggage unattended and try
not to flash your wealth.
One of the biggest concerns, when you leave your home, is whether it is safe. In
some cases, you can ask your neighbor, friend or relative to check in on your place while you are
away. But, that is not always an option. Especially not when you are
taking a long trip or traveling around the world. But, don't worry, we have a suggestion for you. Have you thought
about putting your valuable items in rented storage? For instance, why would you worry about your art collection
while you are on your deserved holiday when you can have professionals take care of it? Storage is an excellent solution especially if you
live in a big city like New York, for example, and you don't want your valuables to be a burden to a friend or a
Be mindful of scams
Tourists often fall victim to scams of various kinds. To be honest, it is easy to
trick someone who doesn't speak your language.
There are several ways to avoid scams:
Blend with locals
Try to blend with the
locals. When you stick out of the crowd with your backpack and a
fancy camera hanging from your neck, you are an easy target. Vanuatu's Melanesian people are friendly and easy to
talk to. Plus you are likely to encounter some expats in Vanuatu,
Dress casually and don't show off
your wealth. Pickpockets never sleep. A good idea is to have a spare
wallet with little cash inside so that you can give that one to muggers if you happen to be their victim and keep
your regular wallet with you. With a warm, tropical climate dressing casually is almost a norm in Vanuatu,
especially with Aussie and Kiwi tourists who like the casual style.
Be careful in public
Be extra careful when using transport. Choose trusted bus service companies (there is only one in Vanuatu)
and try booking your tickets in advance. Also, you should avoid taxi vehicles
that do not have meters or at least agree upon the fare with the driver before you start the ride. This is
especially important in Vanuatu. You should always have a map with you
just in case.
Have emergency info written down
You might not have enough time to search for local emergency numbers if something
bad happens. That is why you should always have them written down on a piece of paper you will carry in your wallet
or purse. Don't forget to check out our ultimate travel safety
checklist once again before you start preparing for your next travel. Have a nice trip!
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