Sunday, February 8, 2009

Protecting yourself


  • Be vigilant, always. Travellers open themselves up to thieves the minute they get lazy. Use a money belt and keep it on.
  • Store ID, travellers' cheques and credit cards in separate places.
  • Don't sleep in public places, especially if you are alone.
  • Keep your passport and valuables in the hotel safe or locker.
  • Make photocopies of all your ID and cards, scan them and keep copies online and leave a copy with a family member.
  • If you need emergency assistance or advice in any country, call Canada's Foreign Affairs and International Trade 24-hour emergency hotline collect at: 613-996-8885. In Canada and the U.S. 1-800-267-6788.
  • Register online with a Canadain government office abroard at www.travel.gc.ca/register.