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"I wonder where the mother bear is."--famous last words of travelers in bear country
"Are you feeling lucky, punk?--you know who

Travel Safety Principles

1. Limit Public Visibility and Exposure to Possible Threats
Invisibility is your friend, especially in a crowd. Avoid loud and expensive clothing that advertises you as a mark.

3. Know the "Terrain" and Local Hazards

Study maps and know which areas are the most hazardous.

3. Consider Emergency Actions and Escape
In any risky situation or environment, be prepared with an escape plan. Consider where you can find shelter and the best ways to summon help. Don't expect that your cell phone will save you.

4. Leave a Reporting Trail So That You Can Be Found
Inform a friend where you are and where you are going.

5. Use a Buddy System
In particularly hazardous areas, travel with a buddy.

6. Know Your Physical Abilities and Limitations
If you can't run, you won't be able to escape by foot. Consider how much weight you are packing. Don't expect that your car will always be functioning.

7. Always Know Where to Find Help
Know the location of a police station. Take note of public telephones and availability of Ground transportation.

8. Lock Door; Hide Valuables and Identity
Hide and protect your valuables. Room doors may not be securely locked.

9. Watch the Company You Keep (Safety First)
Don't assume someone is your friend without a proven track record.

10. No Politics or Evangelism (Especially in Public)
Leave politics and religion at home.

11. Know the Phone Number and Location of Your Nearest Friendly Consulate or Embassy
Make sure it is written down in an accessible and convenient place. Consider the fact that a live body might not answer after business hours.

12. Stay Informed Regarding Local Travel Advisories and Warnings (Particularly in High-Risk Areas)

Check US State Department advisories. (see High Risk Travel)