Backpacking: Top Tips to Stay Safe Whilst Travelling

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Backpacking across the world is a dream come true for most students enjoying their gap year – and it’s easy to see why.

Trekking across the Australian outback with nothing but a satchel and Google Maps on your phone; staring in awe at Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro; finding your new favourite cafe in the heart of a small Italian village; making friends in a jazzy hostel in Barcelona – these are the magical moments that make travelling for a year worthwhile. 

But alongside every snapshot of life that you’ll cherish forever, travel also involves taking a multitude of risks: what if you miss your flight and find yourself stranded in an unknown land? And what will you do if your bank card gets stolen after a big night out in Bangkok? These are only two of many potential disasters that may befall you on your gap year trip – but they can be prevented if you’re prepared. 

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of backpacking tips to keep you safe and make sure you arrive home in one piece.

“A solid bag is designed to be both spacious and hardy, and should get you through any travail on your trip.”

Keep your backpack teeming

We could list one thousand and one disaster scenarios that could happen on your holiday, and there’d still be one that no one could predict. That’s why packing every knick-knack you can in your bag is your best bet. 

We could list one thousand and one disaster scenarios that could happen on your holiday, and there’d still be one that no one could predict. That’s why packing every knick-knack you can in your bag is your best bet. 

First, you’ll have to make sure your bag of choice is substantial enough to hold all the items you’ll need. Think about purchasing a hiking bag from a shop like Mountain Warehouse. A solid bag is designed to be both spacious and hardy, and should get you through any travail on your trip. Now it’s time to expect the unexpected. Pack some wire and rope from somewhere like Ormiston Wire, a first aid kit from First Aid Warehouse, a portable charger for your phone from Amazon.

Basically, pack as though the worst could happen. It probably won’t, but you’ll be prepared if it does.

Basically, pack as though the worst could happen. It probably won’t, but you’ll be prepared if it does.

Know you’re covered

Travel insurance is a necessity, whether you’re going on a round-the-globe trip or just seven days in the sun. It doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Comparison sites like Compare the Market are invaluable if you want insurance at a dirt-cheap price. Even if you don’t end up needing it, the peace of mind provided by travel insurance is worth a few extra pounds.

Know what to leave behind

If you’re safely booked in a hotel room for a week or so, then there’s really no reason to keep your passport and bank cards on you at all times. 

If you’re gallivanting around the city, keep your important documents locked away in the hotel safe. You’ll be able to have as much fun as you like without worrying about losing the ID that’ll get you home.

Those are our travel tips to keep you safe. Do you have any tips of your own that you’d like to share? Then let us know in the comments below or send us a DM @studenttraveltipsuk on Instagram.

 

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