In a county like India where safety seems much of privilege than a right, these safety tips should be kept in mind not just for long journeys but also for travel to work and back. It can also come in handy if you are working a night-shift or in an unknown place.
This is a very vital part of travel. One needs to know the place they are visiting. A major part of the on-field hassle can be avoided if research is diligently done. The internet is a great source for good research; there are books also, the good old way to get information. Talking to people via social media platforms who have been to the place can also be a good way to do one’s research.
2. Let someone know your plan
If you make an itinerary or have a plan in mind, share it with someone so they know where you are and where you are going to be. It makes it easier to contact you as well as know where you would be on any given day.
3. Keep pepper-spray or a deodorant handy
I know it sounds cliché but pepper-spray really comes handy, especially when it comes to self-defense. You can find this at any local chemist. While travelling one is always exposed to the unknown and being ready for it is good.
4. Pack Light
Just because you are allotted 30kgs on the flight doesn’t mean you go over-board and pack 20kgs, always pack light. On trains and in buses heavy bags are difficult to load and also roam around from one place to another with. Wheeling heavy bags makes it easier for robbers to target smaller bags like handbags or purses.
5. Don’t put all your money in one place
Hide some money just in-case you get robbed at the airport. Handbags and pockets being pocked are common with many travellers. The perk of stacking money in different places is that if even you get jumped you have money to survive the rest of the trip. Make sure that your passport and other vital documents are kept at a place which is safe.
6. Carry a portable charger
Phones now-a-days are very unpredictable. Carry an external power bank just-in-case your phone runs out of charge. This way, you can always charge it on the go. Word of advice, just buy a charger with a flash-light so that you can light your way on a dark street. Make sure to charge the portable charger always so that you do not run out of charge.
7. Don’t sleep while travelling
In the train, the bus or a car do not sleep as you are not familiar with the stops and the duration and speed of the transport so you are most likely to miss your stop. There is also a danger of being robbed or kidnapped. If you are in a group take turns sleeping, so that at any given point, at least one person is awake and alert.
8. Keep a passport copy handy
Always have a scanned copy of your passport just in case it gets robbed or you misplace it. You will have proof that you had a valid passport and visa.
Being safe is always better than being sorry and following these eight steps could help you have a good trip.
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Text By-Franklin Newman