Big crowds are not only big—they’re also often dangerous. Here are 8 things you can do to keep you and your family protected while you’re awash in a sea of people. Staying safe while you’re alone is even more difficult, so there are tips for that also.
Travelling Alone or with Others
1- Let the crowd go on ahead.
If you get stuck in a crowd, getting injured is not as difficult as you might think. For that reason, if you see that the crowd is passing by and that the end is in sight, let everyone finish moving. Naturally, the situation is different if the crowd never does stop moving. But if the people are passing by, wait for them. You can avoid stress this way.
2- Adjust your bag and purse straps so that they’re tight around your body.
You don’t want your accessories hanging off you. Not only is it easier for them to fall off (and for thieves to grab them and run away), but it’s also not safe: your straps could get caught somewhere, and someone could hurt themselves as a result.
3- Keep your bag closed.
Don’t get stuff out of your bag or purse while you’re moving through a crowd. Wait until you’ve stopped moving to get money out or to take a picture. Make sure that nothing’s falling out of your bag, either; someone could just up and grab it.
4- Scan your eyes from left to right.
This way, you can take in your surroundings and any potential threats or dangers that might crop up. Glance around, rather than staring. If you’re sweeping your eyes and find someone leering at you, give them a slow-moving glare.
Travelling with Others
5- If you’re travelling with others, identify yourselves with ID bracelets.
Purchase some hospital ID bracelets, and write the names and phone numbers of contacts on them in case your group gets separated. Although this technique is often used for children and people who have mental problems like dementia, it can be helpful for adults as well.
6- Once you enter the area, stick together while you look at all the landmarks.
Do this tip before you start exploring, so that everyone has an idea of where certain buildings are. That way you can orient yourselves if you get lost or separated. You should probably decide on two places, actually—one inside, and one outside—depending on how the weather is that day.
7- Plan out scenarios of what to do if your group gets separated.
What if you’re in the subway station, but miss your train? What if you’re in a very crowded square? In cases like these, you need to take on some decisions: where to meet up in case you get separated, which people you can talk to to ask for help, and so and so forth.
8- Take pictures of yourselves the morning before you visit a theme park, large square, or other crowded area.
That way, hotel officials, police officers, and others will have access to up-to-date photos of what your group is wearing so that they can find people who get lost more quickly.