Traveling is fun and it can be very fulfilling but one of the things that would be travelers should prioritize is their safety. Being prepared will make a world of difference in having a good trip as opposed to one full of troubles.
Here are 7 tips on how to be prepared and avoid trouble as much as possible.
- Learn where your country’s embassy is and how to contact them
Knowing where your country’s embassy is can be very helpful especially if you find yourself in a sticky situation. You should know how to locate it and how to contact them by phone so if you ever need some assistance, you know what to do.
- Try not to stand out too much
Keeping a low profile will make traveling so much easier and safer. If you don’t stand out, you are less likely to be targeted by lowlife robbers/muggers/pickpockets/scammers and the likes. Granted, not standing out is very hard to if you are the only foreigner in the specific area but there are things that you can do to keep a low profile. An example would be your outfit. If your outfit is very loud, it will attract attention, both wanted and unwanted. If you are obnoxious or rude, you are asking for trouble.
Basically, you just want to mind your own business but if you want/need to interact with people, be very courteous and respectful because remember, you are a foreigner and you are in their turf so act accordingly.
- Be aware of your surroundings and don’t get easily distracted
It should go without saying that being in a foreign land requires attentiveness and being aware of what’s happening around you so that you won’t be a victim of theft crimes or encounter other problems. If you are used to walking around without a care in the world back home, you should know that that won’t fly when you are abroad. You should always be mindful of your surroundings and if there are unusual events happening when you are around, it’s fine to be curious but you should always be guarded.
Carrying just enough cash when going out is the way to go. Don’t go out with all your cash and always stash emergency funds in obscure places such as your socks, a hidden pocket in your jeans etc. so that you won’t have trouble if you should ever need it. Credit cards are also recommended instead of debit cards or cash due to the fact that if it ever gets lost or stolen, you can always report it and prevent problems and headaches.
- Keep backups of important papers
A simple trick that I always employ whenever I’m going out of the country is that I email all the necessary papers to myself so that if I ever lose or misplace them, I always have backups. Of course, the best thing is to not lose or misplace them in the first place but just in case, it is always good to be prepared and have backups.
- Keep in touch with family/friends back home
Keeping in touch with family or friends back home is necessary so that they will know that you are safe and it also gives them peace of mind. It is also helpful to you because if ever you are in trouble and you can’t contact them, they will know that something is up and they can get help or assistance for you.
- Travel light
Traveling light is what I always do. I don’t bring unnecessary things/gadgets that I don’t really need so that moving is easier and the potential of losing something valuable is lessened.