How To Be Safe on Your Solo Travels


Today, women worldwide travel solo and come home in one piece. So why miss out on great adventures on the roads, fearing for your safety? Solo travelling is indeed about taking chances in unknown territory. That said, safety should always be your priority.

The basics of safe traveling are simple, what important is to prepare your plans in advance, act with confidence and listen to your instinct. Last but not least, take care of your health so that you have good stamina on the road.                                 

Check out the following table for tips on maximizing your safety on intercity or international travels:

 


Action


Safe


Risky

 


Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using baggage made of thin or soft material.

 

 

Easily damaged or cut open.

 

Using durable baggage.

 

 

Minimizes chances of lost belongings due to tampered baggage.

 


Carrying a bag that has only one zipper or no zipper at all.

 

 

Maximizes chances of theft or having an unwanted item slipped into your bag.

 

Padlock your valuables.

 

 

Minimizes chances of theft.

Attach your padlock to the zipper at all times, so that you can easily find it.

 

Carry around a thick wallet containing all of your cards and cash.

 

 

If you lose it, you’ll have nothing.
Bring few cards that you’re going to use and store cash in different locations.

 

Use a flat wallet you can attach in a hidden compartment in your bag.

 

 

Minimizes chances of pickpocketing.

 

Keep your wallet handy.

 

 

You don’t need everything in your wallet at all times. Some valuables are better accessed when you’re not on the road. 

 

Keep petty cash handy.

 

 

Not in your wallet. Pocket enough
to get you through the day, but not
enough to get you in trouble if you
lose it.

 

Halt your journey an hour before sundown.

 

 

It is safer to continue your journey in the morning after a good night’s rest.

 

Must travel at night? Stay on well-lit main roads, near CCTVs, or a security post.

 

 

Lights and surveillance keep people alert and easily identifiable, thus minimizing chances of hazards and crime.

 

In public transport: Sit by yourself at the corner. 

 

 

This is like telling other people that
you are alone and vulnerable.

 

In public transport: Sit near the driver.

 

 

You can stay alert and be seen by
the driver.

 

Inform family or good friends back home about your trip details.

 

 

 

 

Revealing attire, bright-colored clothes, or display religious symbols, national flags, and profanity.

 

 

May attract unwelcome attention and possibly aggression.

 

Dress conservatively: long sleeves, trousers, shawl, neutral colors.

 

 

Helps you blend in. The long sleeves or jacket will be useful when it’s suddenly scorching hot or cold.

 

Walking around town wearing a baseball hat, shorts, sneakers, backpack, or camera hanging
from your neck.

 

 

This look tends to be perceived as stereotypically touristic. It may encourage others to take advantage of you.

 

Plan ahead: map your route, note transportation’s schedule, and book where to stay for the night.

 

 

Increases your confidence on the road. Don’t be afraid of getting lost, but try to avoid getting stranded in an unfamiliar place.

 

Learn enough of the local
language.

 

 

At least you can ask directions and shop. Memorize important symbols such as exits and public transport stations.

 

Using alcohol or recreational
drugs. Accepting food or
beverages from strangers.

 

 

May lower your inhibitions, which
increases your chances of getting into trouble. For drugs, the risk includes prison or death penalty.

 

Carry pepper spray.

 

 

If you think you would pass a dodgy area and you know how to use the weapon well.

 

 

 

 

 

     


 

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