Stay Safe During Holiday Travel Season

I would like to touch on a slightly grim topic. A lot of students and young adults will be traveling alone in the next few weeks and I think it’s important that we all remind each other how easy it is to become a victim. Whether you’re driving or flying, read the following tips for traveling safely this holiday season:

  • Find out if anyone you know is traveling in the same direction and offer to be travel buddies.
  • Students need to exercise their independence, but traveling is not the time to do so. For your own safety, be sure you notify someone of your plans and itinerary.

  • Try not to travel at night or in secluded areas.
  • Consider modes of self-defense. Mace, tasers and martial arts are all great if they’re used responsibly.
  • You will make better decisions and be more aware of your surroundings if you’re not tired or intoxicated.
  • Write down any serious health conditions or allergies and an emergency contact number. Put the information in your pocket or wallet.
  • Bring a first-aid kit that’s appropriate for your mode of travel. Roadtrips require a much more extensive emergency and first-aid kit, including road-side assistance numbers and a spare tire, than travel by plane or train.
  • Don’t rely solely on technology because batteries can die and reception can fade. Bring paper directions, a map and a car charger for backup.
  • Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.
  • If you’re riding a bus, try to sit towards the front. That may be easier said than done but don’t fret, it’s just as easy to say a quick “hello” to the driver as you walk on. Doing so will make your presence clear, which, in turn, will make your disappearance clear in a case of the unthinkable.
  • Be friendly but don’t trust strangers too readily. Some of the most polite people in the world turn out to be the cruelest.
  • Police impersonators are especially frightening and you should know that they are out there. If you are pulled over while driving (or otherwise approached) ask to see a badge and identification.
  • More so than anything else, it’s vitally important to follow your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t go along with it.

What are your tips for traveling safely? Did you learn a lesson in safety while traveling solo?

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