Travel Safety 101: How to Protect Yourself on Vacation

Protect yourself on vacation! Get smart safety tips.

Holidays are the highlight of the year for many of us – a chance to leave the daily grind behind, soak up new experiences, and recharge our batteries. However, it’s essential to remember that even the most relaxing trip needs some safety precautions. No one wants their dream getaway ruined by accidents, injuries, or theft. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to ensure your next holiday is enjoyable and worry-free, from start to finish. We will also highlight how you can start a personal injury claim with national claims

Travel Prep: Essential Steps for a Safe Holiday

Remember that old adage “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”? It rings especially true for holidays! Before setting off, it’s vital to:

1. Research your destination: 

Learn about the area, including local customs, potential risks, and emergency contact numbers. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) website provides country-specific advice and updates.

2. Get insured: 

Don’t gamble on going without comprehensive travel insurance. Ensure your policy covers medical expenses, trip cancellations, theft, and personal liability. Reading the fine print is less exciting than booking those flights, but it could be a lifesaver if something goes wrong.

3. Pack wisely: 

Sensible packing helps minimize hassle. Pack light, choose versatile clothing, roll items instead of folding, and keep essentials in your hand luggage in case your checked bag gets lost.

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Protect Your Valuables While Traveling: Smart Tips

Think of holiday packing as an exercise in minimalism, especially regarding those sparkly valuables. Instead of attracting attention with flashy jewelry or designer watches, leave them safely at home and opt for understated accessories instead.

When it comes to cash and cards, think like a squirrel stashing nuts – diversify! A hidden money pouch, the hotel safe (if it’s trustworthy), and a bit in your wallet will scatter your resources, minimizing the impact of any potential loss. And don’t forget those crucial photocopies!

Having copies of your passport, driver’s license, and insurance documents could be a total lifesaver if the originals go missing. Lastly, remember that ATMs, while convenient, need some extra attention. Choose well-lit, busy locations and shield that PIN like it’s your most precious secret

Stay Safe on Vacation: Tips for Situational Awareness

When you’re immersed in exploring a new place, it’s easy to let your guard down. Staying alert will help you avoid trouble:

  • Avoid walking alone at night: Stick to well-lit areas and use taxis or trusted public transport, especially when alone or in unfamiliar locations. If walking is unavoidable, be extra vigilant and consider carrying a personal safety alarm.
  • Blend in: Tourists can inadvertently make themselves targets by standing out. Try to dress according to local customs and avoid looking lost or disoriented.
  • Trust your gut: If a situation or person feels off, remove yourself immediately. Don’t be afraid to appear rude or unfriendly. Your instincts are often your best defense.

Food and Drink Safety on Vacation: How to Stay Healthy

The allure of street food is undeniable – those sizzling aromas and exotic flavors are part of the adventure! But, exercise a bit of caution; make sure the vendors seem to be following good hygiene practices and that the food is cooked thoroughly.

If there’s a nagging doubt, it might be wise to pass up the opportunity and find a spot with higher sanitation standards. When it comes to drinking water, stick to the bottled kind in many countries to avoid a nasty stomach bug that could ruin your trip. Of course, you want to enjoy the holiday ambiance, and perhaps a cocktail or two are part of the fun.

Just be mindful of your alcohol intake, especially when you’re in unfamiliar surroundings. Staying in control keeps you safer and able to navigate any unexpected situations.

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Adventure Travel Safety: Plan Smart, Stay Safe

If you’re planning activities like hiking, water sports, or even theme park rides, do some research to ensure safety:

  • Book with reputable providers: Thoroughly vet the company you’re going with. Check their safety records, reviews, and ensure guides are qualified and equipment is in good working order.
  • Know your limits: Don’t overestimate your fitness, experience, or swimming abilities. Choose activities suited to your level, and never feel pressured to do something you’re uncomfortable with.
  • Inform someone of your plans: If heading off for a hike or solo adventure, tell a friend, family member, or hotel staff your intended route, and expected return time.
  • Stay hydrated: It’s easy to get dehydrated in the excitement of your adventurous activities. Pack plenty of water and drink regularly.

Making a personal injury claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand that even the most well-planned holidays can be disrupted by unexpected accidents and injuries. If you’ve been injured on holiday due to someone else’s negligence, our team is here to help you navigate the claims process and secure the compensation you deserve. Examples of situations where a claim might be possible include:

  • Slip, trip, or fall accidents in hotels, resorts, or on poorly maintained walkways.
  • Food poisoning at a restaurant, hotel, or catered event.
  • Injuries sustained during excursions or activities due to faulty equipment or negligent tour operators.
  • Road traffic accidents involving taxis, tour buses, rental cars, or other transport while on holiday.

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Let’s start with a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. We’ll listen to your experience and assess the circumstances of your accident. This allows us to advise you on whether you have a strong claim and guide you through the legal complexities that may come with injuries sustained abroad.

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National Claims believes that access to justice shouldn’t be limited by financial worry. For this reason, we operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis. You won’t pay any upfront legal fees. Our fees are dependent on whether your claim is successful, allowing you to pursue your case without undue financial stress.

Compassionate Support

We know that a holiday injury can be physically and emotionally distressing, especially when it happens away from home. Our team offers compassionate support from start to finish. We’re available to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide the guidance you need during this potentially difficult time.


Holidays are for fun and relaxation, not for worrying about risks. With a bit of planning and mindful behavior, you can significantly reduce those risks and fully enjoy your well-deserved break. Be prepared, stay alert, and trust your instincts for the safest and most enjoyable holiday experience. And if something does go amiss, remember that organizations like the FCDO and specialists like National Claims are available to offer support.

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