How To Be Safe in a Big City

How To Be Safe in a Big City: 5 safety tips on how to safely travel in new environments! - Only on Five Foot and Fabulous

I’ll be the first one to say that I love being in big cities. I love all the people, the immense culture, and all the things to see. Even after only a few days of being in London, I can definitely confirm that I want to live the city life. However, there’s one thing you have to remember if you’re going to stay in the city, and that’s your personal safety. There are so many things to remember when it comes to being safe in a different environment, but today I’m going into some of the thing’s I’ve learned throughout my travels.

How To Be Safe in a Big City: 5 safety tips on how to safely travel in new environments! - Only on Five Foot and Fabulous

Watch your possessions like a hawk

If you’re going to be walking around the city or taking mass transit, make sure that all of your belongings are in a bag with a zipper. That doesn’t make your things pick pocket proof, but it does make it harder for them to reach in and steal your phone/wallet/other important thing that you need.

Make sure that you don’t carry around your passport or visa with you at all times. You won’t need them when you’re traveling around the city, so you can keep them locked up in your hotel or apartment while you’re out and about.

I always like to carry a crossbody around with me because that way I can always see my belongings in front of me. Plus, it makes it harder for anyone to yank it off my shoulder. It’s all in the details!

Only use licensed transit

Whether it be a bus, subway system, or taxi, make sure your transit is LICENSED! Typically, you shouldn’t have to worry about this, but at my orientation for school, a police officer told us there has been instances where people got into an unlicensed taxi cab and got into some trouble. So while those licensed taxis might be a little more expensive than you would like, it’s worth the money to avoid any risk. You’ll most likely be thankful in the long run!

Keep track of all your spending

I know this doesn’t necessarily seem like a “safety” sort of thing, but it’s so easy for people to steal your information when you’re traveling. Make sure you know exactly how much you’re spending and where you’re spending it at. That way you’ll know if any mystery charges come up on your credit card!

After every day, log on to your mobile banking account if you can to see if everything looks normal. If it does, you don’t have to worry! If you suspect something happened, alert your bank IMMEDIATELY! They can arrange a solution for you!

Always have emergency information written down

Let’s face it: Even if you keep your eyes on your bag all the time, it could still get stolen at some point or another. Make sure that you have some emergency information written down and keep it in a safe place at your living accommodations. That way, even if your bag or phone DOES get stolen, you still have all the information you need.

That being said, make a copy of EVERYTHING: credit cards & their numbers, passport, visa, important phone numbers…the list goes on and on!

Have a travel buddy

If at all possible, make sure you have someone with you at all times. I know that’s not always plausible, but it’s the ideal thing! You’re so much safer if you travel with someone else, and that way you have someone else looking out for you. I feel much safer when I’m in a large group of people, and it makes going around large cities much more enjoyable!

While those aren’t the only ways to be safe while you’re traveling, they’re some of the easiest things to control! I hope everyone remembers these safety tips next time they’re traveling! Hope you all have good trips!

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30 Replies to “How To Be Safe in a Big City”

  1. This post is so important — you can never be too safe!

  2. Definitely good to know – thanks so much for this!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lily!

  3. I remember seeing someone’s bag get stolen when I was little. So now I always watch my possessions like a hawk!

    Alix |

    1. Oh no, that’s terrible! I always keep a good eye on my things too!

  4. This is a great post with highly necessary advice for travellers! 🙂 x
    Helena – Swedish girl in Tokyo

    1. Thanks Helena!

  5. These are great tips! My friend and I are spending the weekend in Chicago, so these will come in handy!

    Sockwun |

    1. Thanks girl! Have fun!

  6. Awesome tips! I am heading to Chicago and New York with my mom I will have to use these!

    1. Thanks Bella! Hope you have a fun trip!

  7. These are all excellent and important tips! London is the biggest city I’ve been to (and it’s pretty darn big haha), and these were definitely some of the things I had in mind while I was there!

    Stephanie |

    1. Thanks Stephanie! London is the biggest city I’ve been to, too!

  8. This is so important! I’ve grown up in NYC my entire life and I always make sure to take all of this into consideration!

    1. Thanks Teresa! You’re probably an expert at these by now!

  9. These are such great tips! A travel buddy is an necessity, for sure.

    xoxo, Jenny

    1. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere without a travel buddy! It’s just an extra layer of safety! Thanks for stopping by Jenny!

  10. Great tips! Especially about transportation.


    1. Thanks Tori! 🙂

  11. These are awesome tips! I travel a lot and have definitely used a lot of these!

    1. Thanks Amy! Hope you have a great rest of your weekend!

  12. These are all such good tips! Being in a city you are unfamiliar with can be scary!!

    xo CourtneyDrew

    1. Thanks Courtney!

  13. I remember being extra cautious of my possessions last year when I studied abroad- always better to be safe rather than sorry!! 🙂 Wonderful reminders!

    xoxo A

    1. So true! Thanks Annaliese!

  14. These are really really good tips. You can never be too cautious when it comes to your safety, especially in an unfamiliar city! Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks Michelle!

  15. These are all great tips! Should have read this before my trip to Chicago!

    How 2 Wear It []

    1. Thanks Morgan!

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