Jane Wandering takes travel SERIOUSLY! Both because we LOVE to travel, but also because we know traveling can be dangerous. We feel it is one of the most educational experiences you can have. This education can come at a high cost though if you aren’t properly prepared.
Below you can find 6 travel safety tips you might not have though of. These tips can save headaches that occur when you are robed, lost, or in some serious overseas trouble! Take a look below and let us know of any other helpful tips by commenting below!
- Make Electronic Copies of Your Documents
Paper copies are a great idea, but electronic copies can’t be stolen. Thankfully no one at Jane Wandering has had their passport stolen while traveling abroad. However, we did find a post by someone who has. Check that out HERE.
To avoid this and protect your most important travel document, scan and print your passport out, as well as save the scans on your laptop or phone. It is vitally important that you do not lose this document!
If you are looking for a travel inspired passport cover, check THESE out. Hand sewn and made with natural leather, these Jane Wandering Passport Covers are the perfect way to keep your travel documents safe.
If you do lose your passport, click HERE. This page from the U.S. Department of State has helpful tips and links.
- Don’t Carry Everything Together:
Simple enough, separate your valuables.If you carry your cash, phone, camera, and other special items in one purse or book bag then you will be *up a creek* if this bag is stolen! Separating your items and, of course, NEVER carry your passport around town while you are traveling. Lock the passport in a safe either in your hotel room or behind the counter at a trusted hotel.
You can also purchase bands that strap to your body underneath your clothing that can hold your passport in a hidden and secure location. You can find one of these bands HERE. There are multiple styles, so when you get a moment do a quick Google search.
- Travel like a Local:
Strutting down the streets of New York in stilettos and a mini skirt is fine. Strutting down the streets of a foreign city, maybe not the best idea.
Your first thought should be safety and if you are attracting too much attention, you may become a target. We aren’t suggesting you wear baggy clothing and act like you just rolled out of bed. Instead, do your research and see how people dress wherever you are going. If shorts and a t-shirt are common, then pack that type of clothing. Be aware of the social norms and abide by them if you are comfortable.
- Avoid Oversharing Online:
Posting photos or checking in on social media sites advertises your absence from home. That can make theft at home a possibility.
However, live tweeting and constantly posting on Instagram or Facebook that you are in a foreign place can make you a target wherever you are. If you tag the location on you photos you can make it much easier for attackers to find you. You do not want to make yourself a target.
Real-time updates can be tempting, but wait until you return safely home before sharing your adventures.
- E-Mail Someone A Copy Of Your Itinerary:
Your parents, friends, significant other, anyone! Make sure someone back home knows where you will be and when you will arrive. If you have cellular service and the ability to contact your loved ones, casual check-ins are a great way to let people back home know you are safe and where you should be.
When it comes to safety, Jane Wandering doesn’t think there is anything wrong with oversharing with your loved ones! 🙂
- Enroll in STEP:
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
**Pretty smart, huh?**
This amazing tool will allow the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of emergencies and help assist your loved ones in contacting you in case anything may happen. Safety conditions concerning your travel destination would also be made easily accessible through this program.You can learn more and signup for this program HERE!
Can you think of other helpful tips? Tag them below, we would love to hear them! If you are looking for another helpful tip, check out our previous blog TSA Pre Check: Definitely Worth It! This helpful blog goes into why we applied for TSP Pre Check and why you may want to!
Ready to hit the open road?
Check out our list below of road trip products, tips, and hacks to make your journey a bit easier.
We have compiled ides for both you and the kiddos including printouts on how to change a tire, scavenger hunts, and coloring pages. Plus, hacks to making eating and storing items while on the road a whole lot easier and more convenient.
For the you and the family
- First and foremost, create a DIY roadside emergency kit. Click HERE to get an idea of what you should include!
- Pack lots and LOTS of car snacks. Picking these up prior to hitting the road can be cheaper, but hitting a convenience store mid-trip is always fun!
- Pack paper towels and/or wet wipes to clean your hands, face, and any spills.
- Extra coins and small bills for any tolls and parking meters.
- Inexpensive plastic drawers to make accessing clothes, towels, and snack in your trunk easier
- Peppermint or cinnamon gum. Chewing this while driving is proven to reduce frustration and help you stay focused. Which is always a good idea while driving!
- Sew an inexpensive seatbelt cover to make napping in the car more comfortable. Plus, it’s a space saver over a regular pillow. Learn how HERE!
- A phone mount. This will make using a GPS and talking hands-free much easier. You can rig a gator clip to your air vent if you are looking to save a bit of money.
- A plastic cereal container with a trash bag to collect all car trash.
- This awesome inflatable mattress for cars! Check it out HERE!
- A shower caddy to store all fast food you binge on. Burgers, fries, and condiments all stored together.
- THIS PRINTOUT to assist you in the case of a flat tire.
- A pack of dryer sheets to keep your car smelling fresh and fine!
- A 2 port USB charger. No need to share when there are two ports!
- A Jane Wandering Travel Journal to document your trip!
- A camera to document all the places you visit, but also the extraordinary journey.
For the kids, or the kid in you
- Suction cup containers to attach the windows for pencils, toys, and snacks.
- Use press and seal plastic to turn any open cup and straw into a kid-friendly quicklid cup. Find this hack HERE!
- Create a carsick bag incase someone on your road trip becomes ill. Click HERE for a list of suggested items to include.
- Create a magnetic travel tin with a metal lunchbox and magnets.
- Shoe organizer for the backs of your car seats. Use this to store all kinds of toys, snacks, and games.
- Print out one of these fun Road Trip Scavenger Hunt printouts. Have the kiddos play this game as you drive down the highway.
- Create a plastic craft box snack holder. Swap out the beads for multiple tiny snacks!
- Turn a DVD case into a coloring kit with blank paper, images to color, and colored pencils. FUN IDEA! Print out images of where you are traveling to for your kiddos to color in.
- DIY snack packs! I’ve seen these all over the internet. Find out how to create it HERE!
Check out all the fun Jane Wandering products that are road trip ready too! We have created a list with tons of links below.
Jane Wandering offers awesome road trip gifts too!
- Travel Journals– document each day and every event that unfolds while on your journey
- USA Scratch Map– document each state you visit while traveling around the US
- Camper Magnets– These awesome gifts are perfect for anyone going on a road adventure
- Vintage Camper DIY Kit– this little wooden camper doesn’t require tools or glue to construct
- Camper Key Chains– store your car or RV keys on this perfect travel key chain
- Mini and Original Game Pads– these booklets are filled with multiple different games perfect for road trips
- Stickers and Patches– add color to your carseats and books with these road trip travel stickers and patches
- USA Hello Cards– You need to see how clever these are!
- The 50 States Activity Book– for kids and adults, it’s time to learn more about the 50 states
- The Ultimate Road Trip Atlas Book– inexpensive and in-depth!
- Jane Wandering Travel Kit
Do you have awesome hacks for road trips? Comment below and help us build our list!
Did you know that Jane Wandering has more than just journals and maps?! We offer a wide variety of travel inpso perfect for decorating your apartment, water bottles, cars, and pretty much your entire world!
Bright, fun, sticky sticker and patches make up an awesome section on our website called, you guessed it, Sticker and Patches. Pretty simple, huh? Just like our one-of-a-kind Travel Journals and key chains, Jane personally selects or designs all the stickers and patches we offer on the site. All of these awesome little guys are chosen because they inspire us and others to leave the mundane work environment, even for 5 minutes, and explore the world around you. Whether it’s a brisk walk down the sidewalk, or a long stroll down a beach, whatever it is that you need to do to clear your mind and get outside, Jane Wandering has it!
So scroll down and take a look at a few of our NEWBIES and the fun things we and our customers have come up with to decorate the world!
Let’s get creative!
Stickers! They may seem like a prize for cleaning your room or putting your toys away, but we promise you these adult-inspiring stickers are nothing like the kind you grew up with!
Fade and water resistant, these vinyl bad boys are perfect to slapping on any surface and hitting the open road.
- Stick it on your car
- Stick it on your bike
- Stick it on your scooter
- Stick it on your skateboard
- Stick it on your boat
- Stick it on your caravan
- Stick it on your water bottle
- Stick it on your favorite tumbler
- Stick it on your window
- Stick it on your mirror
- Stick it on your laptop
- Stick it on your text book
- Stick it on your wall
- Stick it on your desk
- Stick it on your lamp
- Stick it on your headboard
- Stick it on your cupboard
- Stick it on your journal
- Stick it on your favorite book
- Stick it on your best friend’s back
- Stick it on your best friend’s face
- Stick it on your takeout menu
- Stick it on any dishwasher safe items, because you guessed it, these are dishwasher safe!!
Don’t forget you can even use these patches on our Travel Pouches! They already have travel ready sayings, but now you can add a little something extra with your favorite travel patch!
Or use the patches on…
- Your favorite sweater
- Your favorite jacket
- Your favorite t-shirt
- Your favorite jeans
- Your favorite shorts
- Your favorite baseball hat
- Your favorite book bag
- Your favorite travel bag
- Your favorite laptop sleeve
- Your favorite old towel
- Your favorite beach bag
- Your favorite beach towel
- Your favorite comforter or quilt
The possibilities are endless for where you can add a travel inspired sticker or patch!
Why not try a few of our ‘stick it’ ideas or give us a few of your own! We promise that wherever you happen to stick your new Jane Wandering sticker or patch that you will love the outcome and the inspiration it brings!!