We never think that something could go wrong for us when we go travelling, but if you are not aware of some basic travel techniques and safety measures then you are leaving yourself open to a nightmare travel experience.
Don’t put yourself into any unnecessary risky situations, and if something doesn’t feel right, then don’t do it.
Use luggage tags to clearly identify your belongings. Nothing worse than a bag going missing and no name/address tag on it for someone to contact you.
Travel as light as you possibly can. Your back will thank you for it in the long run. You’ll soon realise that you actually need only the bare essentials when travelling. Gone are the days when you need a change of clothes for every day of the week.
One thing you should do when travelling is always carry a first aid box in your backpack. This will cover all the basic medical situations can could happen. At least then you’ll have something to cover that wound until you get some proper treatment.
Always dress down. What this means is don’t go flashing expensive jewellery or clothes as you will only attract potential thieves who will want to know what else you may be carrying.
Only use taxis that are clearly identified and that have the official markings. Never use unmarked cabs – as they could be just anybody.
Avoid public disturbances and other civil demonstrations – they can get ugly very quickly and foreigners in these locations can become a target for no reason.
Do not give any personal information to anyone you don’t trust 100%. This means no mobile, email or other social details as well as your hotel number etc. If you are staying in a hotel, then request a room that is on the ground floor and as near to an elevator as possible. This is a little safety tip that few people pass any heed on.
Use a money belt whenever possible. It might feel a little uncomfortable at first, but you will soon get used to it, and it will become a valuable commodity.
Always take a photocopy or 3 of your passport. If it gets stolen or mislaid for any reason, then having a photocopy will help to speed up the process of getting a new one.
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And last but not least, always take out travel/health insurance prior to departing on your travels. The cost of these insurance polices is minuscule compared to the price you will pay if you happen to need medical treatment while out abroad.