This year, the World Cup is expected to bring over 600,000 international travelers to the host country of Brazil (and that is not even including the amount of Brazil natives who will be attending the games) from June 12th until July 13th 2014. If you are travelling to Brazil for the games, it will be an incredibly fun time, but remember to take the proper precautions to stay safe. The more safe and prepared you are, the less you will have to worry about and the more you will be able to enjoy the games.
First, you should make copies of your passport and important information so you can leave one set in a safe place, such as your hotel, and you can keep a copy of your documents on you. When you make copies, you will always have your information on you in case you do run into any trouble.
Next, make sure to pack any medicine in your carry on bag, and not in your checked suitcase. This way, not matter what, you know you will not be separated from it. Also, you should bring a first aid kit for your trip, so you will not worry about having to find a drug store if you do become ill.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with the public transportation systems ahead of time. The traffic in Brazil is hectic and can be confusing, so the best option for you while your visiting is to take public transportation. You should research the cities you will be staying in and make sure you know the rates and locations of the transportation you will be using.
With the huge amount of people visiting Brazil, there is bound to be some instances of pick-pocketing and some thievery within the cities, so try not to let yourself become a victim. To keep a low profile, do not wear expensive jewelry or anything that means a lot to you. Also, do not carry a large amount of money on you if you do not have to. Some ATMs (such as the ones at airports) are more likely to be tampered with, so you should be wary of which ATMs you do use. If you do need to use an ATM, it would be smarter to use ones at your hotel or at an international bank.
Lastly, expect the best, but make sure you’ve planned for the worst. Write down any important emergency numbers, such as: the police, the ambulance, any friends or family (from home as well as any hotel phone numbers of people you know who are also visiting). If you do run into an emergency situation, you won’t have to waste time tracking down this information.
Keep these tips in mind when you are travelling to remain safe, and remember to have fun and cheer loud for your team!