following tips are excerpted from "101 Travel Tips
for Women," by Laura Vestanen and are reproduced here
from the Magellan's website.
put valuables in your purse. Hide those valuables you must
carry with you in a neck pouch, waist wallet, or bra stash.
If you are sleeping in quarters shared with people you
don't know well (such as the sleeping compartment of a
train), wear your security wallet when you are sleeping.
Your purse is still useful for carrying maps, lipstick,
sunglasses, etc., and a small amount of cash. Keep coins
in your pocket for subways, buses and tipping so you don't
have to open your purse.
your purse has a long shoulder strap, drape it over your
head so that the strap crosses your torso diagonally. This
makes it more difficult for thieves to grab. Wide straps
are safer and more comfortable than thin ones. Magellan's
is offering a fantastic new Security Purse, with a steel
cable sewn right into the strap to protect you from thieves
who cut through regular straps and run off with your belongings.
Purse and security wallet should each contain your name
and who to contact in case of a medical emergency. Also
list any allergies you have (such as "allergic to penicillin").
Write this phrase in English and in the languages of the
countries in which you will be traveling.
alert in busy environments
you are at the airport, train station or other travel hub,
you are at your most vulnerable to pickpockets. You will
be tired, disoriented and handling cash, tickets and passport.
Remind yourself to take extra care and to not rush.
going through passport checks
going through passport, custom, or security checks, be
on your best, most serious behavior. Even if you are in
a long line and in a hurry, be polite, quiet and follow
all instructions carefully. Answer all questions from the
agent clearly and briefly. Never make humorous comments.
Officials can send you to a holding and questioning area
for the slightest reason. It is their job to take all comments
and jokes seriously to help ensure your safety.
you are keying in your numbers for your ATM, credit card
or telephone card, someone may be looking over your shoulder
to get the numbers. Be wary, even if no one is near you
as some thieves shoulder-surf with binoculars! Look at
the keypad to locate your PIN numbers, then use one hand
to shield the keyboard while you press the keys with the
other hand. If you have a long series of numbers, do them
in batches of 3-4 digits or use a Programmable Tone Dialer
for even better security. Tuck your card away as soon as
you can, don't leave it on the phone or machine while you
talk or put things away.
your business address
a business card in the pocket of your overcoat and jacket.
This will help in case you leave them in a restaurant or
on a train. Put you hotel name and telephone number on
the cards. Take business cards (with no hotel information)
and give these to people you may want to have contact with
later. don't give them your home address. Use a business
card on your luggage label; never put your home address.
Add your hotel name and address on the tag on your trip
out; use your business card only on your trip back. If
you don't have a business card, use your travel agent's
business address for your home address.
wearing evening clothes
pin your hotel and/or safe key inside your coat pocket
if the key in your security wallet causes an unattractive
bulge in your clothes.
the strap to your luggage around the leg of your chair,
around your leg, or sit on it while waiting in terminals
or stations to prevent your bag from being grabbed. If
you are sitting for a length of time, attach your luggage
to your chair with a retractable Cable Lock. Cable Lock
Locks that have a long retractable wire cable are fabulous
for train and bus travel. You can lock your suitcase to
the overhead luggage rack and feel secure when you visit
the ladies' room or walk around the train.
sells exclusive Retriever Tags that say "Itinerary Inside" in
several languages. You write your itinerary complete with
dates, hotel addresses and phone numbers and place it inside
the tag. If your bags go astray, the tag instructs the
agent to open the tag and view the itinerary to see where
to have your bags delivered.
take anything of great sentimental or monetary value. Take
faux jewels or inexpensive real ones. Take two matching
pairs of earrings so that if you lose one, you still have
a pair. Depending on the level of misogyny at your destination,
you may wish to wear a faux wedding ring.
ready for a hotel fire In case of fire and quick evacuation
during the night, pack your valuables in your purse and
keep it near the bed with a flashlight. Keep shoes and
overcoat handy also.