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5 Safety Tips when Visiting Mombasa

safety-firstAny time that you travel overseas, you want to make sure that you and your family are going to be safe. This begins before you even arrive at the airport. Below are 5 tips that should help you remain safe on your trip to Mombasa, Kenya.

1. Have any medication you require properly packed. There’s nothing worse than getting to the security checkpoint at the airport and finding out that you can’t take a necessary medication with you because it’s in a plastic bag. You might have thought this was safer or more convenient, but in order to pass through security, all prescription medications need to be in their pharmacy bottles or containers.

2. Know your route to Mombasa. You will likely be taking at least one connection flight to get to Mombasa, but more often it’s more than one. Know where you’re going to be connecting, get a layout of the airport, and give yourself enough time to make your connection.

Also, you want to have a pretty good idea about how to reach your hotel once you arrive in Mombasa.

3. Take a taxi to your hotel. While you may be planning on renting a car for your trip here, getting around this city can be confusing if you’ve never been here before. It’s best to take a taxi to your hotel, get settled in, and then determine if you still want to rent that car.

4. Always rely on legitimate transportation services. There are plenty of ways to get around in Mombasa, including the bus system and taxis. Avoid taking rides from private citizens as you never know what their motivations are or whether they can be trusted. If you have any questions about this, talk to your hotel staff.

5. Pay attention to warnings in the area. No matter where you travel, there’s always going to be risks involved. Pay attention to and heed any warnings regarding the beaches, rip currents, or other threats. Don’t simply ignore these warnings as they could just save your life.