When travelling anywhere around the world either as a family, with a friend or going solo, always do a little research before you go – expect the unexpected. Even if your a pretty confident traveller and not much phases you, it’s best to go with some form of local knowledge. I know many people that worry when travelling, and just by going a little prepared should take away any anxiety you may have, and make you a more confident traveller.
We all save hard so that we can venture off to exotic destinations and spend our spare time in amazing places all around the world. The last thing anyone wants is to have their trip ruined. So to ensure you go away on your next adventure and come back with nothing other than good memories and the odd souvenir, read my top tips below for staying healthy and safe while away.
Appropriate Clothing & Footwear: Always plan what your going to wear and what you need when visiting a place. If your planning on walking up a mountain make sure you have the correct footwear for it, if your travelling to a place that has unpredictable weather then pack clothes for all weather occasions.
Carry On Luggage: If your checking a bag in, then I would suggest always packing a few essential items in your handbag/carry on bag such as a spare outfit, swimwear, a few toiletries etc. Have a think what you would need to get by if you check in bag didn’t turn up straight away. This happens a lot more than you would think and can have a massive impact on the start of your holiday. Go organised with a few items so it won’t put a complete dampener on the start of your trip, if it were to happen.
Credit Cards: Credit cards are great to travel with, even if you don’t use it just having one incase of any emergencies is always good for peace of mind.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is vital for any trip! Always take out reliable and reputable travel insurance, you wouldn’t drive your car without car insurance and booking a trip is exactly the same, do not risk travelling without it. Travel insurance should cover any medical bills incase you have an accident or become ill, and should cover damaged and stolen goods. If you travel frequently look into an annual policy, and triple check your insurance and what your covered for prior to going on your trip. If there is one piece of advice you take away from this blog – it should be always travel with insurance.
Drinking Water: Whenever travelling anywhere in the world triple check if the tap water is safe to drink, according to research there are 187 countries where visitors should be wary of drinking from the tap. There are several ways you can make tap water safe to drink either by boiling it, adding iodine to it or the easier way is to purchase a life straw or water filtration gadget. If your travelling long term it makes sense to purchase a life straw or something similar, as it will save you money in the long run instead of having to buy water and will reduce the amount of plastic bottles you are using.
First Aid Kit: Always pack a basic first aid kit in your bag, a good first aid kit should have some antiseptic wipes, plasters, paracetamol, anti diarrhoea tablets, rehydration sachets, travel sickness tablets, allergy tablets and anything else you think you could need.
Immunisations: Before setting off on any trip always triple check to see if you need any immunisations, you can check with your local travel pharmacist or look online for lots of information on what vaccines you may need.
Manage Jet Lag: If your travelling through various time zones, then make sure you stay hydrated and well rested. Severe jet lag can really spoil your first few days of a trip, so do what you can to minimise the affects. Check out my blog post – Tips On How To Reduce Jet Lag.
Staying Healthy: Staying healthy while on your travels is essential as nobody wants to loose a day of their trip stuck in bed unwell. While away remember to drink plenty of water, eat well, avoid excessive alcohol intake, exercise, wear suncream and use hand sanitiser regularly while exploring.
Wear A Helmet: In South East Asia it’s really easy to hire a scooter/moped and the laws are pretty relaxed about wearing helmets. Ensure to always wear a helmet as it could save your life if you were in any kind of road accident. I would also recommend only hiring a scooter if your fully confident driving one, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Accommodation: When leaving your hotel or accommodation always leave any valuables in the room safe. If you don’t like the idea of staff going in and out for your room, then put the do not disturb sign on your door so staff don’t go in. When in your room always put the bolt lock across, so no one can get into your room while your inside.
Basic Phrases: Learn a few basic words or phrases or at least have them written down, most guide books tend to have a section where they have basic words and phrases wrote down in, so carry one with you.
Carrying Cash & Valuables: Never let any valuables leave your sight, even if sat in a restaurant be careful when leaving your bag hung on a chair or by your feet, as it’s easy to grab without you noticing. Leave any sentimental valuables at home if you are visiting somewhere with high crime rates. When carrying cash try and carry smaller amounts and don’t carry it all in your purse/wallet, maybe keep some in a pocket or hidden compartment in your bag. I’ve heard of some people that make a fake wallet with old expired credit and gift cards, and a small amount of cash to make it look realistic, and if someone asks you for your purse/wallet you can just give them the fake one.
Embassy Registry: A lot of embassies around the world are now setting up systems where you can register your details online, and it helps with their crisis response. Have a look to see if your countries embassy offers this service.
Keep In Touch: Keeping in touch with back home is probably the last thing you will think about while away, but every now and then drop your loved ones a message. Before heading off on your trip leave your emergency contact the details of your itinerary and where your staying.
Respect Local Laws & Customs: Research before you go anywhere about local customs and ensure you blend in and don’t stand out from the crowd, especially in more conservative countries where people are expected to have certain parts of the body covered. When travelling anywhere always respect local laws and customs.
Scams: Google local scams before you go, there are so many scams that happen all around the world. Have a quick glance online prior to going so that you are aware of any in your destination, and you know what to look out for.
Situational Awareness: Make sure to always have situational awareness and don’t trust blindly and trust your instincts. Whatever your gut tells you always listen to it, because normally it will be right. If something sounds too good to be true it probably is, when your away from home it’s easy to become complacent. It doesn’t mean you can’t relax but always have you wits about you wherever you are in the world.
Taxis: Use reputable taxi and transfer companies, when at the airport book a transfer at one of the licensed desks, and from your hotel ask them to call you one. Ask your hotel what the main licensed taxis look like so you can flag one down if you need to. In cities all around the world taxis have certain colours for example New York has yellow cabs, London has black, Thailand has bright pink or green and yellow etc. If your travelling solo I would suggest downloading the maps.me app on your phone as it works offline, and you can check that the taxi is taking you to the correct destination you asked for.
Travel Documents: Always look after your passport and travel documents and store them safely, make some copies either by taking a picture on your phone, emailing them to yourself or photocopying them, keep them separate from the originals incase they are stolen.
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