Do or Don’t Do- While Travelling India
How to travel in India — and it can be a steep learning curve. It helps to have someone hold your hand, or failing that, read these do’s and don’ts to help get you started on the road to a smoother and more enjoyable trip.
- Don’t carry and flash large sums of cash, nor exchange money at dubious-looking places or with individuals on the street.
- Don’t look like a tourist by dressing like one, appearing lost or consulting a map in public.
- Don’t walk with a bag slung loosely over one shoulder, and keep your bag on the opposite side of you from the road to forestall a thief on a bike from snatching it.
- Don’t carry a backpack that looks like luggage.
- Don’t visit dangerous locations, or walk in unfamiliar, isolated or dimly lit areas, especially at night.
- Don’t leave valuable items in public view; that includes your passport as much as your iPhone.
- Don’t drive an obvious rental car, the more nondescript the better; keep maps and travel brochures out of sight in the glove compartment.
- Don’t park anywhere but a well lit place, don’t leave valuables in sight (lock them in the trunk), and don’t pick-up hitchhikers.
- Don’t keep your vehicle and house or hotel keys on the same key ring.
- Don’t store cash, jewelry, medicine or other valuables in your luggage, and never leave your luggage unattended, even for a brief moment.
Do in India
- Do be aware of your surroundings, and watch for suspicious people or vehicles.
- Do use cash substitutes such as traveler’s checks or credit cards, and only carry as much money as you immediately need.
- Do lock up valuables you are not taking with you in a safe in your room or use your hotel’s safe-deposit box services to store them; and lock the windows and doors your hotel room when going out.
- Do make a note of your passport number; if it becomes lost or stolen, knowing the number will speed up getting a replacement.
- Do make a note of your credit-card numbers and the phone number to call in case you need to report it stolen and cancel it.
- Do dress appropriately for your surroundings as much as you can; looking more like a local makes you less of a mark than looking like an obvious tourist.
- Do put a band around your luggage as a safeguard against pilferage while in transit; suitcase locks are no barrier to a professional thief.
- Do travel with companions while sightseeing or shopping; there is safety in numbers.
- Do keep vehicle doors locked and windows rolled up when driving.
- Do be alert for staged distractions, such as someone bumping into you, spilling a drink on you, dropping something in front of you or causing a loud commotion; an accomplice can steal your valuables and walk away while you are momentarily distracted.