Backpacking is a more popular form of travel than ever before, there are few other modes of travel that offer you the opportunity to really get to know the land you are exploring just as well as backpacking does; not to mention the relatively low costs you’ll experience as well.
Today, we’re going to take a look at some general tips that will help you stay safe when planning a trip, other than obtaining backpacker travel insurance of course!
- Research your itinerary – One of the first things you should do when planning a backpacking trip is to research your itinerary so you’ll have a broad idea of the areas you’ll be travelling through, as well as the potential challenges you may encounter along the way.
- Public transport backup – It never hurts to investigate public transportation options – particularly if you need to travel through or around a major city. Is there an bus service rather than an underground train you can take?
- Check your gear – Make sure that you’re carrying the right kind of backpack for your journey and that you’ll be able to handle the weight. See our blog post ‘Top tips for packing your backpack’ for help with packing.
- Get a guidebook – The possession of a guidebook related to the area you’re travelling through is a great way to stay safe. Learn about the areas that are most populated by tourists as well as the local culture.
- Use your contacts – Backpacking doesn’t need to be an expedition through the wilderness, necessarily; if you make friends along the way why not meet up further along in your trip and get some advice from them if they have been to places you want to go to.
- Photocopy your documents – You’ll want to ensure that you have a photocopy of all your essential documentation, particularly your passport and visa. This way, even if your documents get stolen or misplaced, you will find it easier getting a replacement.
- Backup your photos – Along with staying safe from an identification point of view, it also doesn’t hurt to carry some extra memory cards to backup photos you take on your trip. They hold memories you won’t want to lose!
- Stash your cash – Keep your money safe and stash your cash in a few separate areas instead of keeping it all in your wallet. Keep an emergency fund in your sock, your credit cards in your wallet, and a bit of emergency cash in your backpack and you’ll be grateful for the backup funds if your wallet goes missing.
Hopefully you have found these tips on backpacking helpful. If you’re planning any form of long term trip, make sure you invest in the appropriate type of backpacker travel insurance.