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[Safety and Security
Things you have to think about when travelling abroad:
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
- 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
- Dress down - minimize the signs of
- When resting, wrap your bag, purse or
back-pack around the leg of your chair (or your own
- 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,
- The old saying goes, "Don't travel with
anything you are not prepared to lose"
- Your personal safety is always of
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
- 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
Register with the Canadian Government