Basic Safety Tips
- Keep identification on you at all times (i.e. a photocopy of your passport)
- Be able to communicate at all times. Carry a cell phone and/or know how to use a pay telephone and have the proper change on hand.
- Always carry important emergency contact numbers with you, including the following numbers:
- Dartmouth College Safety & Security (24 hours): +1-603-646-4000
- International SOS (24 hours): +1-215-942-8226
- Program specific emergency contact information
- Become familiar with the local transportation system.
- Do not discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers.
- Do not walk in unfamiliar areas of the city at night or accept rides from strangers.
- Be careful with money and other expensive items in public.
- Beware of pickpockets. They often work with accomplices who may jostle you, ask you for directions or the time, point to something spilled on your clothing, or distract you by creating a disturbance.
- The less you stand out the safer you will be.
- Plan ahead. Before you drink, set limits and designate a friend in charge of making sure everyone comes home safely. Don't leave a friend behind, even if s/he says s/he is okay. Stick to your plans.
- For your safety, you should buy your own drinks and never leave your drink unattended; it's the best way to protect yourself from date rape or other drugs being added to your drink.
- It's okay to choose not to drink.
- Avoid public demonstrations and other disturbances.
- When traveling, never leave your bags unattended.
- Be sure your faculty director knows where you will be traveling and when, in case you must be contacted.
Safety tips like these and more are outlined in the following video from International SOS: "Street Smarts"