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Bacpacking guide – Be safe, be prepared. Safety tips

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Things to buy

  • Invest in a good backpack, tent and sleeping bag
  • Bulk public transportation tickets
  • Security belt to hide your money

Things to pack

  • First aid kit and medications. Don’t forget about alcohol, charcoal and antibiotics
  • Snacks
  • Stove
  • External batteries
  • Synthetic clothes
  • IPad or another tablet
  • Camera
  • Notebook and pen
  • Rain jacket
  • Plastic bags
  • A external hard drive and take back up of your pictures
  • Have a decoy wallet with a small amount of cash where you go. Your money should be in the safe at the hotel
  • Mosquito net
  • Smartphone
  • Local maps
  • Headlamp
  • Rain cover for your backpack
  • Power bank
  • Earplugs and headset
  • Passport
  • Micro fiber towel

Apps

Use ride share apps like Uber and Grab
Hide.me VPN
Couch surfing travel app

What to do and not to do

  • Don’t pack too much stuff
  • Learn about the country you are traveling to. Read and gather information
  • Walk, Don’t Take a Cab
  • Familiarize with where the public toilets are
  • Memorize the location of your hostel
  • Travel during the off-season
  • Be mindful of your health
  • Camp Out

Travel in groups

For safety and helping each other out. Share the bills, and saving money

  • Find out if you need vaccines where you go. And go to the dentist before you go backpacking for a time of period
  • Do what the locals do

Buy your airplane tickets early

1.5 to 3 months in advance not much earlier in terms of pricing and flexibility

Inform your bank you go overseas

If your bank sees any suspicious transactions, they will suspend your account immediately and try contact you to establish if it’s legitimate. Their idea of a ‘suspicious transaction’ is basically any transaction made from a country you apparently aren’t in. Informing your bank of where you’re going and what dates you’ll be there as part of your travel preparations will ensure you aren’t left stranded on the other side of the world with no money.

Couch surfing
Unlike Airbnb, couch surfing travelers don’t pay to stay in someone’s home. Good couch surfers “repay” their hosts with fun interactions and potential friendship. Bring food, wine, help them to clean their house….whatever. Be great fully and humbled. Great way to interact with the locals. And you save a lot of money in the process.
  • Bring toilet paper with you all the time
  • Be Careful of Pickpockets and Scam Artists
  • Get use to haggling

Use a water filter

Portable water filters like a Steripen are extremely useful at times when clean water is scarce. They take up virtually no space.

  • Take copies of passport, insurances and other travel documents
  • Always have a bottle of water with you
  • Learn how to use a keffiyeh
  • Find out if you need visa where you plan to travel. Be sure you do this in advance
  • Make sure if you need return date on your ticket
  • Use credit cards. Take one with you wherever you go and one in the safe in the hotel
  • Stay in hostels with free breakfasts

Take advantage of layovers

take advantage of awesome flight deals, you may end being stuck in a very long layover. If it’s no extra cost to you, then why not turn it into a couple of days?
Better spend time exploring a city than being stuck in its airport.

Remember to have fun, explore and be safe while you do so. Dont Miss Out My Article On Backpacking In Europe

Have you ever been on a backpacking experience? Then I love to hear from you. Do you have any tips you want to share? Please leave a comment below.


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