How you travel is just as important as where you travel, and knowing how to protect yourself while traveling can help keep you safe no matter what kind of trip you’re on.
Whether it’s finding a hotel that does background checks on their employees or bringing your necessities like floss and shampoo instead of using their house products, there are many things you can do to keep yourself safe during your travels, even if there are thousands of other people around you.
If you follow these travel safety tips during COVID-19, then you’ll be able to enjoy yourself without worrying about your safety at all!
Backing up your device and/or important files to a cloud service or external hard drive is also a good idea.
If you can, use encrypted backups to ensure that your sensitive data doesn’t fall into anyone else’s hands.
Although it’s tempting to hop on public Wi-Fi when you’re on vacation—it’s free, after all!—this is a huge security risk. Stick with secure networks only when they are necessary (like at an airport).
We all want to stay connected, but connecting to sketchy public Wi-Fi can put your data at risk.
It’s important to take some basic precautions like using a VPN, making sure not to log into sensitive accounts, and encrypting sensitive emails.
If you’re planning on traveling via air, it’s a good idea to pack well in advance of your departure date. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, last-minute packing often results in forgotten items.
Things like toiletries are easy to overlook, so it’s always best to get these things packed early on.
Google Maps is a great source for directions, but it can be difficult to access the internet when you’re traveling.
To ensure that you never get lost, download maps of your city before you travel. This way, even if you lose connection or your battery dies, your device will still be able to access map information so that you always know where to go next.
If possible, make sure that both iOS and Android versions of offline maps are available for locations where you plan on going (check with your local app store).
It’s important to protect yourself while traveling, whether it’s by plane, train, or automobile. The first step is to make sure you have a secured phone.
If you have an Android device, there’s an easy way to lock your device without having to enter a password every time.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s crucial to have digital copies of all your important documents. Carry both a backup flash drive with digital copies of these documents as well as an online storage device.
Use password protection on these storage devices so you know that your information is safe if something happens to you.
You should be sure to have at least three copies of all important documents so that if one goes missing or is compromised, you still have another one available.
For example, a photocopy of your passport, booking confirmations, your vaccination certificate if you have one, and test results for border crossings/airports
If you’re planning on using a service like Uber or Lyft, one thing to do is look up your route of travel and see if any areas have been deemed unsafe by drivers or riders. If so, try to plan another route to avoid these areas.
Before you visit another country during Covid19, it’s a good idea to look up any travel restrictions that may be imposed on you and your trip. Be sure to check Reliable sources, official sites, and government sites such as the World Health Organization website.
The rules and restrictions change so often that there can be a lot of changes that can affect your trip, from the moment of booking to the date of the trip itself.
Beyond the restrictions between countries, it is recommended to check what the restrictions are in each country, what about public places, whether there is a requirement for quarantine, whether it is necessary to present a vaccination certificate, etc.