Safety Basics for Backpackers
The following is a guest post offering some basic safety tips that you can use when on the road. Backpacking is very popular among the travelers of all ages. It is an ideal way to travel as it provides an adventurous journey to while saving money.
Normally, backpackers like to travel frequently and they do not like to stay in expensive hotels or other costly lodging. So they prefer staying at camps and hostels, or sometimes staying for free with a service like Couchsurfing.
Therefore, they need to think a lot about their health and safety, in order to enjoy their journey. It is a must to plan your journey well in advance of your departure date. You can read a travel guide about the place that you are going to visit and plenty of information can be obtained from the Internet.
If you know someone who has followed the same route, then you can talk directly with that person. You can also crowd source information from social media sources like facebook and twitter. It’s not a bad idea to take a mobile phone with you and an extra battery (or buy them while you are at your destination).
If it is a prepaid connection, make sure you have enough phone cards with you and check whether the area you are traveling is covered by your mobile network. Backpackers are advised to take at least two credit cards along with them.
If you lose your belongings by any chance, you can use the other one, so keep a one in your wallet and the other one hidden in a money belt or secret pocket. Before you leave, make sure that your travel insurance is up to date and have an emergency contact number to claim insurance.
Do not take any valuable jewelry or watches along with you. However, feel free to take a cheap and reliable watch. You should have a good torch and a high-pitched alarm along with you to use in case of an emergency.
The torch should not be a very heavy one, but it should have a bright solid light. It is very important to take some essential medicine and plasters in your bag. The medicine and brand names differ from country to country, so it is best if you can bring them from home.
When you are traveling it is a good idea to avoid night travel as much as possible. This is when car accidents are most frequent. If you are traveling in an exceptionally remote area, make sure you have a backup plan if there is an emergency.
If possible, accompany other travelers who may be taking the same route. Drink plenty of water when traveling and make sure to keep some extra bottles of water in your bag.
The most important thing when it comes to safety while backpacking is to stay aware of what is going on around you. This becomes essential when you are in a crowded place. Keep an eye on your belongings and take care in order to enjoy your journey to the maximum.