Staying Safe While Travel Backpacking

Staying Safe While Travel Backpacking

People decide to go travelling and backpacking at all stages of life and at all ages, but staying safe is always important no matter what how old you are or how much experience you have. There are several ways of staying safe when out and about in other countries and they often fall under several categories.

Keeping your Health Safe

First things first, you need to stay healthy when travelling and backpacking. Make sure you’ve researched the necessary injections, and be sure to book them in with your doctor well in advance of departing. When you’ve arrived at your destination, steer clear of stray animals, don’t accept medications from street vendors and avoid anything that you think looks unauthorised. Be sure to keep a little first aid kit in your backpack too – fill it with some pain killers, plasters, bandages and anything else you think you might need along your way.

Another really important (and often overlooked) aspect of health is footwear! Invest in some good boots or shoes that are going to last and are going to looks after you ankles and knees too. Backpacking involves lots of walking and you’ll need the support of a great pairs of shoes, the last thing you want to be worrying about when seeing all the amazing sights is the blister on your foot.

Keeping Yourself Safe

Keeping yourself safe is crucial when abroad. Remember that you’re in a foreign country and you don’t know your way as around as well as you might like to think. Keep family up to date with an email every few days (if possible) so you have an account for your well being too – should anything happen they may be able to pinpoint where and when something went wrong. When travelling in the evening or after nightfall, take extra precaution with your safety. Only used registered taxi cab’s (most major towns or cities have them) and avoid any cars that offer you a ride from the curb – as it is probably an unregistered company. If you’re travelling in a group – assign meet-up places in case you get split up, and try and stick together even if you’re having a tough day and tempers are high.

Keeping Your Money Safe

Without money you’re not going to backpack very far – so it’s really important to have your money safe. An important thing to remember is to keep your money close, whether this means purchasing a fanny pack and keeping it round your waist at all times, or whether it means (and this is for girls only) stuffing your purse in your bra. Safety is the key. Remember to let your bank know you’re going to be abroad too as if they see foreign transactions on your statement, many banks will terminate the card use as it looks suspicious. The worst thing that could happen when abroad is to get cut off with no source of money to get you home.

Keeping Your Itinerary Safe

If you have flights booked – don’t miss them! Ask your hostel to wake you up in time or set an alarm (whatever, just make sure you get to the airport!) If you’re planning on doing lots of walking around, having a map is highly important. Just a little pocket map is all you need and it’ll save you so much time and so much panic if you get lost or are running late for something.

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  • stingerms Says

    Thanks for the travel tips!

  • Heidi Cabrera Says

    I am destined to be travelling around Europe by rail, preventing off in metropolitan areas and cities, remaining in youth hostels. What tips have you got when it comes to keeping my luggage safe. I do not actually want to be lugging my backpack as i sight-see, try not to wanna lose my stuff either!

    Any suggestions appreciated!

  • Margery Degarmo Says

    Hello :)

    So I have made the decision that I wish to have a gap year after senior high school. But I am searching for opinions on the couple of things.

    1. Must I travel fro 2 semesters, or 1?

    I possibly could travel until The month of january, after which I’d go back home to operate and have a couple of courses at college, to transfer to college the year after. What this means is I will not be very far behind on my small education, however i don’t like the thought of joining a university midway with the year, and every one of my buddies is going to be away at school and college, so it will likely be pretty lonely and boring. It provides me with an opportunity to work though, however i perform abroad rather…

    2. Must I attempt to visit lots of nations, or perhaps a choose couple of?

    I have never been from The United States, so I am dying to determine the planet. You will find a lot of places I wish to see, but It could be more advantageous to remain in places for some time, to actually begin to see the culture and develop associations using the people there. I figure certain areas require longer visits than the others., like I possibly could visit family in Germany for just two days, but operate in Australia for many several weeks. I am unsure the number of places I ought to visit though. I definatly wish to accomplish Africa, and that i figure Australia too since focus on a travel visa there and it is near to Africa and that i actually want to see it too. Backpacking South Usa can also be a choice (may avoid this unless of course someone complements me, because it does not appear such as the most secure idea, and all sorts of that hiking alone could possibly get lonely), and that i would like to explore areas of Europe.

    I am not wealthy. Actually, I am not even close to it. I have still got 24 months to graduation, and I am already saving with this trip. When I have excellent grades, I am wishing to access least some type of scholarship or bursary. Even when it is just for $2000, hey just helps. I understand it isn’t wise to invest this type of money when you do not have it, however i would prefer to go ahead and take trip and also have an additional $10,000 in student financial loans these days. I am not waiting until I am older and much more financially in a position to, because let us face the facts, I’m going to be 60 before that occurs because after college I am likely to have student financial loans, be searching for a home, a vehicle, most likely got married and also have kids along with a job. Then when would I actually do this?

    Every other advice you’ve about gap years could be splendid!


  • D3ZZY Says

    For people backpacking/jetsetting around say a hot climate like south east asia?

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