Dangerous Travel Safety Checklist

The world is never going to be completely safe for travellers. It is actually one of the benefits of travel that it requires a somewhat adventurous spirit as one ventures outside of their comfort zone. But travellers also want to have an experience that engenders as few possible unforeseen problems as possible, and that requires some planning. Following some basic safety tips prior to travelling to a more remote, or in any other way dangerous destination, will provide a more enjoyable trip.

Travel Information

One of the keys to survival, no matter where a person may be travelling, is that the traveller informs friends and family where they are going and provide a travel itinerary. Although the itinerary may be sketchy, it is always best to alert someone as to probable destinations and possible times of arrival and departure. This way, if something does happen, someone will be aware that something has occurred.

Money

It is always necessary to ensure that one has enough money available to both enjoy the trip and return once the trip is over. This means that there are funds available to cover anything from a medical issue to lost or stolen money. If travel is to a very out-of-the-way location, it may be difficult to recover finances immediately. This means that the travellers need to be creative with the way they finance the trip and carry the money for it. The travellers need to make sure that they always have money on hand in different locations in their luggage and on their person. Since travellers check are insured this is an excellent location for some funds, but since they are not recognized everywhere in the world, the country’s currency is also a must. Carry some home country money, some in the form of plastic, a substantial amount in the visited countries currency and some travellers checks.

Buy Travel Insurance

Many different companies are now selling travel insurance for individual adventures because vacationers are more likely to choose a dangerous destination than in times past. Though many will seek out resorts that guarantee safety (at least to a large extent), many would rather have the true eco-experience and seek the interior. Travel insurance can cover a variety of issues that may arise, depending on the needs of the individual. This can include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Lost or stolen item insurance
  • Repatriation if identification is lost
  • Monetary coverage if money is lost or stolen

Many more specific items can be covered depending on the needs of the consumer, the travel destination and the expense of the policy.

Watchfulness/Be Aware

One of the best tips for staying safe while visiting a dangerous destination is to stay alert to surroundings. There are times when even the most dangerous locals will seem sedate, but these are the times when a traveller should be the most aware. Make sure that money is readily available for any eventuality and that travel insurance cards are kept where they will not be lost or stolen (at least keep the travelers insurance providers number handy). These tips can make even the most dangerous destination pleasant.