How to stay safe and comfortable when travelling

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The time has come for you to head on holiday, and you can’t wait to get going. You’ve been waiting for this for ages and now the date has finally arrived. However, you still need to be prepared ahead of what is to come. So here are some top tips to consider if you’re travelling…

Make copies of your important documents

This is quite simple, but losing a passport or travel insurance document can be one of the most stressful things in life, especially if you are in a foreign country. So before you go, make copies of your documents and keep them in two separate places. That’s in case one bag goes missing, for example. You’ll never know when they might be needed, so you won’t be scrambling around if you are asked to show them.

Dress appropriately

Wherever you are going on holiday, make sure you are well-equipped in a clothing sense. Sometimes it is obvious, like don’t go to the arctic in shorts and a t-shirt. But there are some examples where it is not that simple. One scenario would be if you are heading abroad to a sunny climate like Spain but participating in water sports or activities. This means your clothes are likely to get cold and wet, which could cause you to feel unwell. So rather than take a mountain of clothes, you need to find suitable attire, which means you can change quickly and discreetly.

Otherwise, you risk walking around in wet clothes and catching a chill which could ruin your holiday, or even worse, pneumonia. Whilst clothes like dry robes would be the perfect option for those heading on water-based activities, they can be expensive. So, a top tip would be to dress appropriately without breaking the bank. Is it that simple? Yes, it’s easy because plenty of dryrobe alternatives in the UK come at a much more affordable price than those you may find online. Have a look and see for yourself; they’re a game changer.

Keep cash and cards apart

Similarly to our first point on making copies of important documents, you must keep your cash and cards separate. That way, if the worst happens, you won’t lose the things most important to your safety and getting home. Most people only carry cash when they’re out and about in a foreign country, often choosing to slip it into a bum bag or small rucksack or something similar.

However, it is understood that this isn’t always easy. Suppose you are going out as a family, for example. In that case, a card will likely be needed to make significant payments for meals and activities. In addition, you must be aware of your surroundings if you carry a phone and wallet. Don’t get distracted by locals who have likely got their eye on your money or purse. When taking photos, be vigilant; if you know where you are and who you are with, you should feel safe and comfortable on your holiday. Remember, if you can, look for an alternative to wallets to make yourself feel slightly more at ease.

Communicate constantly with others

You don’t have to ring your mum and dad every minute of the day to let them know where you are. However, a little communication goes a long way. The odd text every couple of hours to say you are safe can put both sides at ease.

That being said, if you are going out with friends and travelling, make sure you let them know where you are at all times. If you have an itinerary, then do share it with others. Then, if you do become uncontactable, someone would be able to get in contact with your tour guide or the venue where you are meant to be staying. Only share where you will be with people you trust, however.

Conduct your research

Researching your destinations is a must in all scenarios, which is why it has been left until last. You need to do in-depth research on the destination that you are travelling to. Find safe locations that you should be able to locate if you need to, and keep all emergency numbers in your phone and written down on paper. Of course, these are all worst-case scenarios, but it is still crucial that you think ahead. Something small can often turn into something big if you have not got the provisions in place.

A local embassy and police station are also good contact details for your person. Ultimately this isn’t designed to scare you, but it is just to ensure you are prepared for every eventuality. After all, a holiday where you feel safe and comfortable when travelling is the best feeling. So now go sit back and relax!

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