Whether you are planning on taking a trip to London just for the day out, or you are making your first visit to Europe and London is one of your stopping points along the way, it is essential that you remain safe and secure when travelling around London. As one of the largest cities in England and its capital, London is an extremely busy metropolis that makes it easy to lose friends in, so it is important to have your wits about you when visiting.
We’ve made a short list of a number of top tips for you to keep in mind when travelling around London, as it really is a beautiful city, once you get the hang of the busy streets, bustling traffic and brisk nightlife.
Keep Valuables Out of Sight
As well as out of the back pockets! In a busy area, it can be very easy for thieves to slip their hands into people’s back pockets in order to nab a phone or a wallet. Make sure it is kept safely in a shoulder bag or handbag. While you might think you are aware of such things, these people are specifically trained not to attract attention, so likely by the time you notice something, they’ll have already made off with all your money.
Avoid spending too much time on phone. This can sometimes be difficult but it is important not to show too many details. Thieves will look to see what pocket you put your phone in, so keep it hidden wherever possible. There are special ‘stomach pack’ flat zipped bags you can get that you can strap around your stomach. Keep your passport and spare money in here.
Wear Something That Can Be Identified
When travelling as a group it is important to have something easily identifiable to look for if you happen to become separated from the ‘herd’. Many tour groups wear coloured hoodies or bright backpacks depicting a logo and this is a really good idea, as it is easy to spot over a large group of people just standing together.
If in Doubt, Head to the Nearest Tube Station
If you think you are lost, see if you can find any signs that point you towards the nearest tube station. If you manage to get to a tube station, the station itself provides helpful maps to get your bearings back and they are all over London, making it easy to find one when needs be. If you’re still unsure, make sure to try and head out to main roads, as there will be maps around to help tourists and you can find your way from there!
Got Dog Tags? …Use them!
We’re not talking army tags; we’re talking medical tags. Some people have special tags they can wear that lists specific allergies and what should be done in the event of an allergic reaction. In an unfamiliar or foreign place, this can be a godsend as it provides people with clear, concise information on how to help you in an emergency.
Another good indicator of this is to have a special card with all emergency contacts on it, either in your purse or on your person within easy access. It is not likely that you will experience a medical emergency out and about, but if it does occur it is better to be safe rather than sorry.
London is an incredibly busy city and you can get caught up in the crowd if you’re not careful, so it is important to be aware at all times. For both residents and tourists, sometimes all it takes is a lack of attention for five minutes, and you’ve suddenly ‘lost’ a phone or other item of value to you. By sticking in groups of at least three and keeping all your valuables out of sight and safe, you can help minimise these instances. London is a fantastic place when you get to view it right, but safety is also important.
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