Travel Safety


Health & Safety with Black Tomato Agency 

Part of the enjoyment of travelling is the opportunity to experience new adventures, new people and new places. However, that may involve different standards of safety and hygiene than those you are used to at home.

On any Black Tomato Agency trip, your safety is paramount. To ensure you are in the best possible hands we take all reasonable steps to provide safe and trouble-free travel to the best of our ability. All of our suppliers meet their own local and national safety standards as a minimum requirement of partnering with us and while we are continually working with them to ensure that your stay is safe and trouble free, we do ask that you take that little bit of extra care whilst you are away. Please take note of the safety tips below and be sure to ask a member of the team if you have any questions before, during or after your trip.

Foreign Travel Advice

Travel Health Advice

Flight Safety

  • Do not place flammable liquids, lighters, matches, gasses or aerosols in your suitcase
  • Always carry medication in your hand luggage
  • Keep your passport safe and have a photocopy with you just in case
  • Pay attention and follow any in flight safety information
  • On long flights, drink plenty of water and when safe to do so, try to occasionally move around the cabin

Local Transport Safety

  • In vehicles, where fitted, always wear a seatbelt.
  • Remain seated on board at all times when the vehicle is in motion
  • In larger vehicles never place luggage in the aisles or foot wells
  • Follow any safety instructions provided by your driver/guide/local representative

Road Safety

  • Traffic in some countries travels on the opposite side of the road to what you are used to, therefore ensure you look both ways before crossing the road.
  • Beware, in some countries vehicles do not automatically stop at crossings

Fire Safety

  • Ensure you know where your nearest fire exit is
  • Check the location of the nearest fire extinguisher
  • Study the fire instructions in your room so you know what to do
  • Identify how to raise the alarm if a fire occurs
  • Do not smoke in bed
  • If a fire occurs, leave immediately, do not stop to collect your effects
  • Proceed to the assembly point well away from the building

Glass Safety

  • Glass doors and windows may not be toughened glass
  • Take care in bright sunlight, it may not be obvious doors/windows are closed
  • On large panes of glass there should be anti-collision stickers in place at both adult & child height
  • Balcony Safety
  • Never lean over, sit or climb on a balcony
  • Do not climb or stand on any balcony furniture
  • Keep all balcony furniture away from the wall/railings
  • Supervise any children on balconies at all times
  • Balconies and alcohol do not mix

Pool Safety

  • Familiarise yourself with any pool and its layout, both deep and shallow ends
  • Make note of the depth markings and any hazards
  • Most pools are not lifeguarded, so please take care
  • Supervise your children around the pool at all times
  • Always shower before entering the pool
  • Do not swim if suffering from an upset stomach
  • Observe pool rules and information signs at all times
  • Do not swim at night, even if it is lighted
  • Do not swim immediately after a meal or when drinking alcohol
  • Pool surrounds can be slippery, don’t run around them
  • Observe No Diving signs at all times
  • Never jump or dive from raised pool features
  • In the event of an emergency ensure you know how to raise help

Food Safety

  • In order to avoid the possibility of stomach upsets
  • Make sure your food has been thoroughly cooked
  • Hot food should be hot, cold food should be cold
  • Avoid any uncooked food, except fruit and vegetables (notably those you can peel or shell yourself)
  • In some countries you should only drink bottled water and ensure the seal is intact when purchasing it
  • In some countries tap water can be used for brushing your teeth
  • Avoid ice in drinks as this can cause upset stomachs in hot climates.

Personal Safety

  • Avoid walking in poorly lit areas
  • Be aware, stay away from situations where you do not feel comfortable
  • Avoid carrying too much money and/or valuables
  • Ensure your room is left secure when you go out
  • Place valuables in a safe where available, or with reception
  • Never leave windows or balcony doors open
  • Ensure your main luggage can be locked when left unattended in rooms, luggage rooms or being transported for you.
  • Do not take any valuable jewellery with you.
  • Please follow any specific safety advice provided locally

Sun Care

  • Ensure you have adequate protection for your type of skin, high factor sunscreens should be utilised initially.
  • Re-apply sunscreen frequently
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest time of the day
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • At the first sign of burning, cover up and get out of the sun
  • Carry a sunhat, sunglasses and lip salve
  • Beware, you can still burn, dehydrate and get sunstroke in the shade or in the water

Insurance

  • Ensure you have appropriate insurance for your trip and that it covers any activity you intend to undertake.
  • Check when participating in any activities not provided by us that they have public liability insurance and have good safety standards.
  • Any accident or injury should be reported immediately to ourselves and the supplier and a report obtained for insurance purposes

Should you have any further queries regarding our safety information please email hello@blacktomatoagency.com