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Beach Safety and Security

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While the beach is one of the most relaxing locations for almost everyone, it’s still really important to be aware of your personal belongings while you’re enjoying the surf and sun. Burglars definitely commonly take advantage of the relaxed state that many people are in when they visit the beach, commonly swiping and stealing wallets, purses, or entire backpacks. In this blog entry, I’ll provide a guide to the essentials of beach security – by familiarizing yourself on what to watch out for, and what to be aware of you will greatly mitigate the chances that you might become the victim of beach theft.

 

Protecting your Belongings

  • Don’t leave your belongings unattended, or in plain open site when you’re at the beach. If you’re leaving anything inside your car, leave it inside the trunk just to be safe.
  • Bring as little valuables with you as possible. Jewelry or expensive cameras should be left at home – or if you’re on vacation, put them inside your hotel safe.) When you’re at the beach all you really need to take is your ID, whatever cash you might need throughout the day, and your credit card.
  • If you’re going to the beach alone, get a waterproof pouch for your phone and cash that you can take out swimming with you. Make sure to test that it works before trying it with your phone.
  • If you’re just taking a quick dip and don’t want to carry your things with you, consider cleaning out an empty sunscreen bottle and filling it with your keys, cash, cards, or anything that you don’t want to bring in the water with you.
  • Don’t carry an expensive looking or blatantly designer backpack or beach bag.

 

Protect Your Body

  • Make sure to look at the tide before you go in the water. Rip currents are indicated by brown water (from the sand being moved), heavy debris floating out towards the ocean, and a patch of extreme ripples with calm water all around it. If you get caught in a riptide, swim towards it’s side to escape it rather quickly – never swim against it.
  • Inflatable toys aren’t the safest on the beach, so if you’re using them make sure that someone is looking out for you.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated and use a waterproof sunscreen with broad UV spectrum protection – at least an SPF 30.

 

Familiarize yourself with your Vacation Environment

  • If you’re going to a beach you’ve never been before or one in a foreign country, make sure to understand the local customs. In Brazil, for example, people don’t bring towels to the beach. They use Brazillian sarongs to lay on the sand. If you don’t want to draw attention to the fact you’re a tourist, leave the towel at your hotel.
  • Make sure to be on your best and clearest level of judgement and awareness if you visit the beach after dark – and make sure to take the advice of any locals who recommend avoiding certain areas.
  • Always observe local customs as to appropriate public dress and behavior while you’re on the beach. Two-Piece bikinis, while considered fine in many areas, are totally taboo in some countries, and wearing one will draw a lot of negative attention. Make sure to research the beach you’re going to before you stake your shore spot.
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Traveling Suitcase / Luggage Security Tips

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When you’re traveling, you can’t be too safe with your luggage. TSA employees have been known to rifle through and steal from luggage – not to mention shifty fellow passengers. Since paranoia isn’t a great way to start a vacation, it’s a much better idea to make sure to adopt a collection of security strategies in order to have peace of mind in knowing your luggage is secure.

Keep all your things together

Keep your important stuff together in a sealed Ziploc bag, or a dedicated pocket that you will never veer from. The benefits of having a single location for your valuables is helpful because it will allow you to make sure you have all your important belongings quickly, rather than having to rifle through them and possibly missing something.

 

Announce what you’re giving over temporarily to security

Before handing a wallet, or any bag over to a gate or security employee, make sure to announce “this is my bag, it contains my money, cards, etc..” – if they hear you mention you know exactly what’s in the bag, they will be much less willing to take the risk of possibly stealing from you.

 

Always carry a credit card and your ID

These are the essential items that can save you in the unfortunate (and unlikely- if you follow these tips!) event of a robbery or theft. Almost anything else is replaceable, but a credit card and ID will allow you to find shelter, housing, or additional flights to go back home. While we’re at it, keep your cell phone on your body at all times.

 

Keep your cash and wallet in your carry on bag

Keep your wallet as deeply inside your carry on bag as possible so that the only way any thief could find it would be to thoroughly and conspicuously search and remove items from your bag.

 

Wear all jewelry and/or expensive watches on your body

If you’re traveling with any jewelry or wearable heirlooms make sure to wear it on your body at all times. Don’t trust anyone including airport employees to behave according to the law if they find a small – but incredibly precious – ring or necklace. By keeping valuables on your body at all times, you’re ensuring their protection.

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