Safety Updates

Health information

Our travel to some exciting and far off places. With that, comes exposure to new and unfamiliar bugs, viruses and infections. Consult you local medical professional well before leaving home. You may need injections to prevent against common diseasesʼ, and they may need some time to incubate before they are effective. Your medical professional or travel clinic will advise on what is needed. We also ask you to advise us with your medical conditions. This will help us to give you the facilities you need while with us, and allow us to give special attention to those who need it.

Transport

The travel experience will expose you to many different types and forms of transport, and many risks and rewards. Some of these may be familiar to you and just a matter of commonsense, and some may not. Take note of the top 5 below tips received from our experienced travelers:

Air travel

  • Pay attention to the in-flight briefing. It may seem monotonous or boring to those who travel often, but in the event of an emergency, you will need to know it instantly.
  • Count the rows to the emergency exit. In an emergency, lighting may be reduced.
  • Donʼt drink too much alcohol. Cabins are pressurized so the effect of alcohol is stronger than normal.
  • Listen to the flight attendants. They are primarily there for your safety.
  • Keep your seatbelt fastened. Turbulence can occur at anytime.

Buses and trains

  • Keep your personal belongings in your sight, or preferably on you.
  • A lock placed on zippers is a good deterrent to a would-be thief.
  • Watch for uneven, slippery surfaces or other obstacles as you enter and exit the vehicle.
  • Remain alert to surroundings. Be aware of distractions, as they may be opportunities for pickpockets.
  • Know your stop.

Taxies

  • If you are staying at a hotel, have them call you a taxi, rather than waive one down on the street.
  • Use taxies from a taxi stand where possible. Typically only registered operators may use a taxi stand.
  • Keep your belongings at your side or feet. If you need to exit quickly they will be easily accessible.
  • If in an emergency situation, leave the bags. You can run faster without it and items can be replaced.
  • Check the Identification of the driver before getting in. It should be prominently displayed in the vehicle if it is a legitimate taxi.

Water transport

  • Listen to the safety briefing. You will need to know what to do in an emergency.
  • If lifejackets are supplied – use them.
  • Always have at least one hand free to hold onto something to help with your balance.
  • The sun reflects up off the water. Ensure you have adequate sunscreen protection.
  • Take medication for seasickness prior to boarding – it may take some time to become effective.


Accommodation

Accommodation is generally considered a safe haven for weary travelers. However the reality is it is often the most likely place that accidents and thefts occur. The following things can be done to increase your personal safety as told to us by fellow travelers:

  • When arriving, stay with your bags until they are transferred from the taxi or bus to the Lobby.
  • Lobbyʼs can be chaotic places with many people coming and going. Keep an eye on your bags at all times when checking in and out. The busy atmosphere is a welcome distraction to opportunists.
  • When you enter your hotel room, make sure the door closes firmly behind you and it locks.
  • When in your room lock the door, use the security latch, lock windows, and connecting room doors.
  • Always use the ʻspy holeʼto see who is at the door before opening it.
  • Know the emergency assistance number, and how to operate the phone system.
  • Store all unneeded personal items, cash, valuables and travel documents in the in-room safe.
  • Take note of the emergency plan on the back of the hotel door. You will need to know it in an emergency.
  • Place your room key in the same place each time. It avoids losing it, and you will know where it is in an emergency situation.
  • Use the non-slip mats in the showers if provided.


Out and About

One of the great ways to experience a new destination is to simply immerse yourself into it! However, as with anywhere, there are select elements of the local community who prey on the vulnerable. 
We have received many tips and advise from our travelers on the best way to do reduce vulnerability, protect safety at the same time enjoy the amazing sights. Some of these ideas may be simple commonsense, while others you may not have thought about.
These are the top 10 ways to enhance your personal safety while out and about:
1- Blend in as much as possible, especially in your dress and appearance. Try to avoid an obvious tourist appearance.
2- View maps discreetly. A map identifies you as a tourist, and unfortunately, a target.
3- If disorientated, only ask for directions from uniformed officers or persons of obvious authority.
4- Stay on well lit or well trafficked areas and roads. Danger often lurks in dark and less populated areas.
5- Photos are a must when traveling. However, keep the camera discrete. Many ʻpoint-and-shootʼcameras will fit in your pocket out of sight when not in use. Do not leave larger ones dangling around your neck, or other places in plain view.
6- When withdrawing money from ATMʼs try to do so during daylight, in well trafficked areas and use machines that are associated with a recognized bank where possible. As with anywhere, protect your personal pin number by covering the keypad from prying eyes with your other hand. Once the cash is withdrawn, take time to ensure it is stashed away safely. Do not do so while walking down the street advertising the fact you are carrying amounts of cash with you.
7- Leave excess cash, travel documents, jewelry in the hotel safe, or better yet at home if you donʼt need it while away.
8- An experienced pickpocket can usually pick a tourist out in a crowd. Wear your purse over one shoulder with the opening flap against your stomach so that it's impossible to get into. If you're carrying a daypack wear it in front, kangaroo style.
9- Where possible avoid walking alone – especially at night. Traveling with friends makes you much less of a target.
10- Take something with the hotel name and address on it with you like a notepad or matchbox. This way, even if you do not speak the language, a taxi will be able to take you back to the hotel.

Optional Activities

On your Lifeegypttours.com tour, you will have many included activities. All of the included activities are properly vetted and regularly checked by us. However, there will also be some free time for you to set off on your own. We ask you to use your discretion when considering optional activities. Safety should always be your key consideration, as it is ours. Ask about their safety practices, history, insurance and emergency plans. Particular attention should be paid when water activities are involved, and always insist on traveling with a guide.