As the borders are reopening such as for us in Mauritius, your mind is probably full to the brim with excitement, ideas and plans. This is great! But every so often, you do need to pull things back down to Earth and start to think about some of the more serious or dull matters at hand. Travel safety tends to be one of these topics. At the end of the day, you really do need to do your utmost to ensure your own safety throughout your trip. Sure, others might keep an eye on you. But at the end of the day, your own safety and wellbeing are your own responsibility and you really need to prioritise both of these factors from the start of your trip to the end. When you travel, you are likely to find yourself in all sorts of unfamiliar situations, so it’s good to plan before you head away. Here are a few areas of focus that should help you!
Avoid Hitchhikers and Hitchhiking
If you find yourself on the road while travelling, it’s important that you avoid hitchhikers. Sure, it can be tempting to help someone out who seems in need. But you really shouldn’t compromise your own safety in this way. When you are in a car with someone, you put yourself in a very vulnerable position – they could act in a whole host of ways that could be detrimental to your health, your wellbeing or even your life. In a similar vein, you shouldn’t hitchhike if you find yourself in a difficult situation. If you don’t have the money for transport or your transport fails or cancels, do not hitchhike. You don’t know whose car you are getting into and you are completely at their will as soon as you do get in. As a rule of thumb, cut out hitchhiking as an option in general.
Carry a First Aid Kit
Sure, we want to travel as lightly as possible when we’re travelling. But consider a first aid kit an essential. Having a first aid kit at hand will help you to deal with any situations you might face and will make you more comfortable in difficult situations. A good first aid kit should include plasters in a variety of shapes and sizes, different size gauze dressings, microporous tape, at least two sterile eye dressings, an eye rinse kit, triangular bandages, safety pins, tweezers, and sterile disposable gloves. You should also include basic medicine, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, heartburn relief, rehydration powders and more.
If there’s anything you couldn’t get by without comfortably on your trip, make sure to take a spare. This could be a spare phone charger. It could be a spare pair of glasses from this website or spare contact lenses. It could be a spare map or a spare copy of your itinerary. Make sure to always have an extra of anything you really need – just in case.
Research Areas You’re Visiting
Chances are you’re not going to be all too familiar with many of the places you visit on your travels. After all, most people travel to see and experience places they’ve never been to before. But this puts you in a pretty vulnerable situation. It’s a good idea to make sure you thoroughly research any areas you’re considering visiting when you travel. This will give you an idea of what the area is like, which areas are fine and which areas you might want to avoid. Other travellers’ and locals’ tips and advice can make all the difference, preventing you from straying into areas where you might come to harm.
Avoid Travelling Alone
Sure, individual and solo travel can be a great experience. But generally speaking, it’s best to avoid travelling completely alone. Why? Well, if you come to harm when you’re alone, you might be stuck for a while. If you come to harm while you’re with someone else, they can look after you and seek help.
Don’t Risk Anything for a Picture
Nowadays, increasing numbers of people are losing their lives in attempts to capture photographs for their social media feeds. Avoid this. Never put yourself in a precarious or potentially dangerous situation purely for the sake of a picture. Avoid cliff edges. Avoid train tracks. Avoid expanses of water that don’t have lifeguards or depth markers. A picture simply isn’t worth your life!
These are just a few tips and tricks that can help you to look after yourself as best possible when you’re travelling. Keep them in mind at all times!