Nowadays due to job losses and the weak economy, travelers of all ages are using backpacks to save up some money as they travel. It is better that you chose the appropriate backpack for your travel. Many websites can assist you, but the best is to have a practice trip and carry your bag. After the practice trip, you will know the things you need on your journey and those that should remain at home. If you are planning a backpacking trip, refer to these tips on backpacker safety tips while on travel.
Take a defence class before you leave
Self-defence classes are available anywhere. The lessons do not mean you can take on an experienced and well-trained criminal, but your confidence will be high if you happen to meet a petty mugger.
Sew hidden pockets into your pants
Sew some secret pockets on your trousers to carry your valuable items such as credit cards, cash an passport among others. If you happen to come across a mugger, they will search for a money belt and will not find you carrying one. Pockets are easy to hide on the legs of your pants when you use high skills of a seamstress. If you do not have sewing skills, don’t worry; find your local tailor to fix the hidden pockets on your travel pants.
Update your travel medical kit
Depending on your destination, you will need to update your medical equipment before travelling. If you are travelling to Africa for instance, you will need to pack doxycycline, mefloquine or atavaquone-proguanil from home to avoid relying on the local drug store there.
Research the health situation in your travel area and update your medical kit according to your findings. For the small things that you can easily buy from stores such as hand sanitizer and sunscreen, pack it in minimal amounts.
Pack a cable lock and a doorstop
A doorstop is an affordable safety device. When you lock your room at night in your hotel, stick it safely under your door, and you will have found the simplest method to prevent anyone from breaking into your room. Locks can be damaged, and room keys lost but the doorstop will keep your door in place.
A cable lock assists you to lock valuables on an immovable object. You can keep the valuables that you offload from your backpack when going out. You will secure them when you are away from your hotel room.
Divide your Money
You should divide your money into portions and hide it in different places. You can hide some in your pockets on the backpack, hidden pockets or your spare pants. Whichever area you chose to put the cash, let be readily accessible to you but unnoticeable by others.
When you divide your cash, you ensure that you will not lose it all if you happen to drop your luggage or robbed. Only keep the amount that you will need in your next point or along the way in your old wallet and shove it in your pants front pockets.