Travel is not without risks. VIA readers share their ways to stay safe on the road.
“Give family your itinerary and emergency contacts, and check in often,” says Pradeep Pillai of Carson City, Nev.
“Travel in pairs,” says Meher Siegle of Santa Rosa, Calif.
“We keep a list of the credit cards we carry and numbers to call in case one is stolen or lost,” says Tegin Helton of Portland.
“Always know where your hotel fire exit is and count the doors to it in case there’s smoke,” says Terri Faller of Ivins, Utah.
“Dress to blend in while abroad to be less of a target,” says Kara Allen of San Francisco.
“Never let your fuel tank get below one-quarter full,” says Louis Kleber of Las Vegas.
“I travel with Pooh Bear, a 120-pound rottweiler,” says Diane Cohan of Santa Cruz, Calif. “He is loving, but also imposing.”
Illustration by Michael Klein 
This article was first published in November 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.