- Keep money in different places. Have a backup bill somewhere for emergencies and make sure not to touch it unless absolutely necessary.
- In hostels or any other places where you might share a room with other people, sleep with your valuables on your body. Wear your money belt under your pajama. If you have a bag, use it as a body pillow. Don’t spread your belongings around the room or bed, especially valuables.
- On a bus or train, never put valuables in the luggage compartment or on the shelf above your seat.
- Wear your daypack in front, not on your back.
- If you’re sitting down to eat or drink, don’t just drop your daypack on the floor. Wrap the strap around your legs and keep the bag between your feet.
- If you have a money belt, don’t open it in public. Go to the restroom or take out what you need before heading out.
Market in Nasik, India
- If you’re being picked up, confirm the name of the driver before you get there. Then ask the driver’s name, don’t approach him/her saying: hello, are you [name]?
- Keep hand sanitizer in your day pack and a roll of toilet paper.
- Always carry a bottle of water with you.
- Carry a disinfectant spray and/or an antiseptic cream.
- Look around you. Get in the habit of scanning a place for safety.
La Paz, Bolivia.
- If locals approach you and tell you NOT to walk down a certain street or around a certain area, listen.
- If someone starts pestering or grabbing you, find the nearest public place with people: restaurant, bar, office…
- If you’re a girl traveling alone, buy and wear a ‘wedding ring’.
- If in doubt, boil water before using it.