Traveling to Brazil is an experience of a lifetime. The lively Samba music, vibrant colors of Carnival and gorgeous beaches are not something to be missed. So taking the necessary precautions to ensure your safety while in Brazil is essential. This would include the obvious suggestions of avoiding unsavory neighborhoods, staying clear of sunlight areas and traveling in numbers as well as the following:
1. Make copies of all important documents.
Copies should all important documents, addresses and phone numbers including your passport, visa, driver’s license, medical insurance card and credit card. Keeping extra sets of these documents is important. You can carry one copy of you passport with you, but keep a second copy in your hotel safe.
2. Avoid stray animals.
There are many stray dogs in Brazil, however friendly they might appear to be, it’s best to avoid any contact with them. This would include cats as well. Stray animals can be carriers of many serious diseases including rabies.
3. Limit your alcohol intake.
While everyone loves caipirinha’s, the Brazilian national cocktail, these drinks can sneak up on you if you’re not careful. Know your limits and error on the side of caution when drinking. Do not accept drinks from strangers and be sure to use a registered taxi when making your way back to your hotel.
4. Choose your travel companions wisely.
It is likely that individuals traveling together will not always see eye-to-eye. However, you should preserve your commitment to traveling safely and feel free to remove yourself from uncomfortable situations.
5. Get vaccinated.
Traveling to Brazil will stimulate every one of your senses however, it will also bring with it exposure to viruses and diseases that your body is not accustomed to in the United States. Getting the appropriate vaccinations will ensure you are safeguarded against these illnesses.