7 safety tips for mum on vacation alone with baby

November 25, 2016
  • Use only small-denomination banknotes
    1 / 7 Use only small-denomination banknotes

    Large-denomination ones will only draw unnecessary attention to yourself, and make you a target for thieves and pickpockets. 

    Related: Mum robbed while on holiday with baby: we were left with nothing! 

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  • Have copies of your IC and travel documents handy
    2 / 7 Have copies of your IC and travel documents handy

    Instead of photocopying these and carrying them around, scan them and e-mail the images to yourself. That way, if you lose your ID, credit cards and travel documents, you’ll still be able to prove your identity.

    It’ll also make it easier for you to replace your passport, cancel your cards and make a police report. 

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  • Buy travel insurance, no matter how tight your budget
    3 / 7 Buy travel insurance, no matter how tight your budget

    “My insurance company really came through for me when I was stuck in France,” mum Victoria Deng who was robbed while on holiday with her baby shares.

    Related: Tips for buying travel insurance

     

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  • Have an emergency cash stash
    4 / 7 Have an emergency cash stash

    Hide the money in your bra, an old lipstick tube, or secret pockets sewn into your jeans or top. If you get robbed, you’ll at least still have some cash on you. 

    Related: When is it safe to travel with baby?

     

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  • Bring as little cash as possible
    5 / 7 Bring as little cash as possible

    Prepay your accommodation and any tickets you need – for day tours, train rides, places of interest and the like – and use your credit card for meals and shopping.

     

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  • Consider your dining options
    6 / 7 Consider your dining options

    Pick hotels with room service or those that are within short walking distance of places where you can buy food.

    In the event that you and your child get hungry at night, you don’t have to wander around dark streets looking for food.

     

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  • Avoid crowded venues and events
    7 / 7 Avoid crowded venues and events

    Don’t put yourself in a position where you’re vulnerable to pickpockets.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

    A version of this article first appeared in Simply Her.

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