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PERSONAL PREPARATION

[Safety and Security page 4/10]

Things you have to think about when travelling abroad:

1) Theft

Theft is a reality everywhere. You CAN reduce the risk of theft with a few simple preparations:

  • Clean out your wallet. Of the dozens of cards in your wallet, you will likely not need 90% of them.
  • Take a money belt that can be well hidden underneath your clothes. Only withdraw the contents from it in private locations or very discretely
  • Have a purse with a strap long enough to go over the head and shoulder. Purses that are slung over one shoulder are easier to grab.
  • Wear clothing with zippered or buttoned pockets
  • Dress down - minimize the signs of affluence
  • When resting, wrap your bag, purse or back-pack around the leg of your chair (or your own leg).
  • Stow important documents / information in the inside pockets of backpacks. Where possible leave important documents in a safe and travel only with what you feel is neccesary for your outing.
  • Be personally vigilant, checking your pockets often. Keep an eye out for group members and travel- mates personal property as well.
  • Know the process of reporting crime in your host country (emergency numbers, police booths, etc.)
  • The old saying goes, "Don't travel with anything you are not prepared to lose"
  • Your personal safety is always of paramount importance.

2) Assault

To avoid assault it is best to use your common sense:

  • Travel in well lit areas
  • Travel in groups
  • Avoid excessive consumption of alcohol and those who have consumed excessively
  • Avoid late evening / early morning walking
  • Always tell the coordinator or a friend if you will be travelling independently.
  • Never leave a group member or travel mate at a club, disco, pub by themselves.
  • Loud, energetic behaviour and speaking in English can target yourselves as tourists or foreigners and you may find yourselves the victims of hostility.

3) Emergency Preparedness

  • Read the country report at voyage.gc.ca prior to traveling.
  • Have the consulate information on hand in the case of an emergency and know the emergency contact information for Ottawa (also listed on the voyage.gc.ca site in the travel report).
  • Register with the Canadian Government

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