Make Copies of Your Documents
- Make several copies of important documents (passport, driver's license, military ID, student ID etc) and carry those on your person. Also leave a copy of all documents with your parents.
- Never carry the originals with you unless absolutely necessary. That way if you lose one of the copies you can easily replace it instead of the actual document itself.
- Also never carry all your money on your person. This includes traveler's checks. Just bring what you'll need for the day and keep the rest stowed away in an inconspicuous place at where you're staying.
Keep a Low Profile
Don't make it too completely obvious that you're a foreigner. Doing so makes you an easy target for pickpockets, panhandlers, and con artists. But this doesn't mean to travel alone. ALWAYS be in groups wherever you are. Also be aware of unsafe parts of where you are and what situations to avoid.
Know Where You are and Where You are Going
Leave for the day with at least a general idea of the area. In addition to difficulty due to language barriers, asking strangers for directions (making it known that you are lost) can be dangerous. When traveling in groups, pay attention to what is going on and don't let yourself get left behind. Keep up and try to have the group leader in your sight at all times.
Be Aware of the Laws of the Land
As students and ultimately international representatives of UMHB, you are expected to act with faith-informed discernment; using integrity and good morals wherever you go. But also be aware that since you are in a new environment and living within a new culture, some new rules might be into play. Sometimes there are cultural conventions that one must abide by in addition to different rules and regulations. Being aware of these conventions will not only help guarantee your safety and the safety of those around you, but will also be respectful to your host culture.