Best Safety Tips For Backpackers
3 March, 2014 at 3:35 am in Employment
People of all ages go backpacking as it provides an ideal way to save money, see the world, and make friends along the way. Backpackers typically avoid expensive hotels in city centers, and prefer campsites, hostels, or cheap bed breakfast places. If you know anybody who might be backpacking this article will save you money and help make backpacking safer and more enjoyable. It's always a good idea to thoroughly research the journey using the internet and some well chosen guidebooks from a library or bookshop. If possible, talk to others who have taken the same route. Have two credit cards and keep one aside for emergency use only. Keep the emergency card hidden inside your clothing somewhere so that if your belongings are stolen, you still have your emergency card. Take a mobile phone with you for calling home cartier replica watches or for using in the event of an emergency. and AT card), so that you can at least phone home or make an emergency call. Email home regularly if you can get to an internet cafe. That way, the folks back home will know where you last traveled and where you were headed, if something happens to you. Always make sure that your travel insurance is up to date and that you have a note of the emergency telephone number should you need to claim insurance. Don't take expensive jewels/watches/rings or other valuables. Buy a cheap throw away watch for the trip. Be aware of cultural differences. For example, just because you can wear shorts in Western Europe, this does not mean they won't cause offence in some other countries. It is best to always play safe and avoid traveling at night, or walking alone in back streets or remote areas (applies particularly if you are a woman). Watch out for other backpackers going your way tag heuer replica watches and travel with them if possible. There is usually safety in numbers (and your journey may be more interesting). Get a high pitched attack alarm for emergencies. This is always a good thing to have, especially for women. Take essential medication with you. If you need regular medication of any sort, do not rely on being able to buy it abroad. Sometimes brand names of medicines change from country to country. Also, acquiring medication may be problematic if there are language barriers. Keep your medication in clearly marked containers and carry a separate list of your medical requirements. Also include a letter from your cartier replica watches doctor confirming your prescribed medication. This will help to minimize delays at airports and border crossings. Pack dental floss and spare toothbrush when backpacking (dental floss is useful for all sorts of things apart from teeth!). Take minimum toothpaste, insect repellent, and other essential toiletries, and replenish your needs as you travel. Make a conscious effort to always be aware of what is going on around you. This is particularly important in crowded places, such as stations, markets, airports, and busy streets. Here's an easy way to make your backpack thief proof from slashers (thieves who cut through your backpack to steal without your knowledge). Line the inside of your backpack with chicken wire (use a very fine soft mesh which can be attached at key points using needle and thread).