Nowadays, a lot of people have fallen in love with the idea of travel. Traveling can sometimes be so overwhelming that we tend to take safety precautions for granted. We know that danger is just around the corner, and if we don’t take a calculated risk, we might get ourselves in a dicey situation.
So here are the basic tips that can be very helpful when we travel:
- Research the safety of your intended destination. For this matter, you may make use of the internet to search for the information, or call the tourism office of the intended destination, or perhaps talk to some friends who have already visited your desired destination.
- Keep an eye to your valuables. We cannot deny the possibility of getting robbed wherever we go. Despite the wonderful travel moment, it is imperative to be attentive at all times to avoid getting robbed or losing our valuables.
- Keep a low profile. Do not ever invite thieves. By that I mean, do not wear expensive jewelry to avoid getting mugged. And be wary when displaying your cameras. When traveling, I know cameras are always present, so again…be wary.
- Keep your money safe. Keep your money in a safe place. Know your budget. It is wise to bring extra cash but do not bring too much.
- Always pray.
- First aid kit. Injury can be inevitable sometimes even when hiking with outmost care.
- Hydration and extra Food. Whether you are going on a short or a long trek, always carry an extra bottle of water and a ready-to-eat food. There are things that we cannot expect to happen during the expedition, so put this on the list.
- Rain gear. The mountain’s micro-climate can be deadly for the unprepared and it can change drastically. Being drenched up in the mountain and being blasted with wind chill can cause hypothermia (credits to Adrenaline Romance).
- Emergency shelter. Always carry some sort of extra shelter for protection from rain and wind such as emergency blanket which can also be used to administer first aid to an injured or hypothermic person, or as double protection as a means of shelter.
- Weather update. Weather in the mountains is erratic every time. But it is still vital to check the weather forecast before going for a mountaineering tour.
- Be knowledgeable enough. As the saying goes “knowledge is power,” but if you are not knowledgeable enough, then you should at least bring a mountaineering expert with you or at least consult them for safety purposes.
- Know how to swim/flotation device. Always wear a flotation device especially when you are not a good swimmer. Never take a risk to avoid accidents.
- Always have a buddy. Watersports can be a dangerous activity, so make sure you have someone with you for guidance to whatever activity you are engaged with.
- Proper equipment and training. Watersports takes a proper and complete equipment to exhibit and maintain safety for all parties. If you are going on a tour, make sure you are provided with complete equipment and proper training.
- Do not touch marine life. Although most underwater animals avoid human contact, many of them have some defense method when they feel in danger. To protect yourself, always keep safe distance or better ask an expert for guidance.
- Weather update. Just like mountaineering, always check the weather forecast before going out on a watersports event. You don’t want to see yourself struggling in the middle of the activity under an inclement weather.
- Don’t drink alcohol before the activity.