1. Always use common sense when traveling. Listen to your instincts.

2. Never leave your bags or belongings unattended.

3. Keep your suitcases locked except when checking your baggage on the airlines. (New regulations recommend you do not lock your bags as they may be screened by security).

4. Always keep all valuables with you at all times (Cash, passport, traveler's checks etc.) Use a money belt hidden under your clothing to deter pick pockets

5. When making large purchases, use a credit card. The credit card company can work on your behalf should a problem arise later.

6. Don't put anything in checked baggage that you would truly hate to loose. (Valuables, films, photos)

7. Be careful if you travel with a laptop computer.

8. When going through security checkpoints at airports, be sure to keep one eye on your bags. It's easy to get distracted at this time.

9. Carry a copy of your itinerary in your luggage, as well as a form of identification. This increases the likelihood that your bag will get back to you if it is lost.

10. Always carry a photocopy of your passport including any visa pages. This makes the reissue process much easier.

11. Know the value of your money in foreign currencies. Double check when paying for an item and receiving change.

12. Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.

13. List down all the items you are carrying in your baggage and have a fair idea of their approximate value. The airline's reimbursement limit, in case of loss of baggage, is stated on the ticket. So, have your luggage additionally insured if there is something really valuable.

14. Always carry valuable jewelry and medicines with you, not in your checked baggage.