Travellers often ask whether or not it is safe to travel in Africa. All of us have been asked this question. This article gives important tips that travellers should find useful
Travellers often ask whether or not it is safe to travel in Africa. Our response is a confident assurance that yes, it is safe. This is especially true if you take a few precautions that are necessary any time you travel abroad. We know that a little planning and some precautions can go a long way to ensuring a smooth and safe trip, not just for AAFRICA but any other part of the world as well.
Here are our suggestions:
i.) BEFORE LEAVING FOR OVERSEAS
- Avoid taking valuable jewellery, watches, expensive purse etc. Travel light and with less stress.
- Leave behind unnecessary objects of value such as extra credit cards, social security cards, family valuables, and so on.
- Bring a pouch or money belt for carrying your necessary valuables such as your passport and credit card. These are far safer than purses, handbags, wallets, and especially fanny packs.
- Consider setting a daily limit on your credit card (and bank card if you bring it) so that if your card is stolen the thief will only have access to a set amount of money and not the full balance of your account.
- Bring important telephone numbers with you. A good example would be to have your credit card company’s international number in case your card is stolen or lost.
- If you are bringing anything that is essential to you, such as glasses or prescription drugs, make sure to bring extras. For prescription drugs, you will also need to carry a note from your doctor certifying that you need and/or are certified to posses that drug. Make sure you have enough to last during your trip. Keep them in their original prescription bottles and always in your carry-on luggage.
- Pack all valuables in your carry on. Things like cameras, laptops, important documents, and so on should go in your carry on. This will keep dishonest luggage inspectors, especially in African airports, from stealing your valuables.
- Put your name, address and telephone numbers inside and outside of each piece of luggage. Use covered luggage tags to avoid casual observation of your identity or nationality. If possible, lock your luggage. Shrink wrapping is a good idea of stalling the airport thieves.
- It is always a good idea to bring extra passport photos, as well as a copy of your passport information page, in order to make it easier to get a new passport in the event that it is stolen or lost. Better yet, scan a copy of all your valuable documents (passport information page, credit card, etc) into your computer and then email them to yourself. That way, if you need them, you can access these documents from any computer that has an Internet connection. Copy of birth certificate, educational certificates, marriage certificates (all translated in English) makes life easier when staying for longer periods.