As millions of travelers take an airplane, a bus or a train to their destination, the matters of safety and time become just as important as the potential exorbitant expenses. Everything from keeping an eye on your children to finding a convenient location for your identification, travelers can diminish the risks of losing time and being unsafe by incorporating various tips.
Although many of us are seasoned travelers and have been through the metal detector many, many times, for whatever reason we’re still not adequately prepared for these time-consuming events and the packed crowds. It’s all about preparation when deciding to take a vacation.
One of the biggest headaches that travelers report to have is in relation to their baggage. People pack a lot of stuff, even when they shouldn’t or don’t have to (hint: four pairs of shoes or four different kinds of suits). Much of the stuff we pack is unnecessary, but we still do it.
Want to stay safe and save time? Here are 10 ways to do so during your vacation:
Safety: Keep an Eye on Your Children (if applicable)
If you’re a parent then you realize this is common sense, but thousands of children are reported missing every single year. Before, during and after your vacation, always ensure your children are in your line-of-sight and instruct your kids to form a chain holding hands. Moreover, construct an emergency plan, such as a meetup place, if anyone diverges from the family.
Time: Pack Light
As previously mentioned, packing up multiple pairs of shoes and jackets in your luggage is unnecessary. The trick to save time is to pack light: bring only a carry-on bag and you can then walk faster, board and exit the plane faster and even avoid the baggage check.
Safety: Maintain Situational Awareness
Situational awareness, otherwise known as SA, is an important thing to have every day of your life. An example of violating situational awareness is walking and texting at a crowded parking lot or sitting on a train napping with headphones on. It’s imperative to have strong awareness of your circumstances to ensure your safety and to avoid theft.
Time: Check Your Flight or Train Status
Before heading off to the airport or train station, be sure to check the status of your flight or train from home. Also, check your gate before wandering off too far because it may have changed since you left home.
Safety: Don’t be Flashy
Want to avoid a robbery? Don’t look so flashy at the airport, during your vacation or on a train. If you look flashy – wearing expensive clothes, flaunting your iPhone, tablet and laptop and sporting a lucrative watch – then you will immediately draw attention to yourself by some unscrupulous individual.
Time: Check in at Home
With e-tickets and e-check-ins, you can easily and quickly check in from home and just walk through the lines straight to the security station. This will save you from the headache and make the boarding process that much simpler.
Safety: Avoid Excessive Alcohol Consumption
You’re on a holiday so you’re thinking you can put your hair down, relax, let go of any responsibilities and just have fun. This can also include a lot of alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, you shouldn’t drink too much because you leave yourself vulnerable to theft or being accosted. Simply put: use your best judgment and don’t drink too much wine or beer.
Time: Find a Convenient Location For Your ID
When you pack, use this time-saving method: place your identification, boarding pass and other essential documents in a convenient and safe place. By doing this, you can navigate through various stops with ease and swiftness. You’ll avoid the headache and stress of sifting through your bags to find your passport or boarding pass.
Safety: Stay Healthy During Your Vacation
Just because you’re on vacation that doesn’t mean you should skip all of your responsibilities, particularly when it comes to your health. Throughout your two-week stay in Aruba, Denmark or South Korea, take your multivitamins, drink plenty of juice, remain clean and ensure you’re meeting your recommended dosage for any pills. Also, if you’re terribly ill do not force yourself to leave the hotel room. These tips should suffice.
Time: Take a Look Around
As you’re walking through the bus depot, train station or airport, take a look around and place certain things in your mind. Some of these can include the washrooms, duty-free shops, parking lots and so on. This will save you time and prevent you from being lost upon your return.
Vacation can be very fun. You’re relaxing, spending time with your family and seeing new sights. It shouldn’t have to be a time of concern, worry or stress. Therefore, by instituting just some of these tips into your travel plans you can reduce the risks and concerns regarding your safety and time, two very important commodities.