The one thing that you get to learn when you are a boy scout is “being prepared.” Apart from learning to tie knots, camping outsides, becoming a good citizen, playing with the knives, and having cool sleepovers, it is the most effective element of the entire activity. “Being prepared” is something that we often forget to do due to several reasons. Apart from situations that you cannot access in your life, being prepared helps you plan and use the available resources intelligently even while you are traveling.
It is impossible to assess or ascertain that you will be all right, and everything goes with the plan that you prepared. As most unexpected things occur during traveling, it is important you have or possess the necessary “objects” that will help you face any problem at any location.
The following things will help you stay safe at any time and maintain the confidence to deal with a problem:
1. Multipurpose Gear
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Multi-utility gear is always beneficial. It will allow you to adjust according to the conditions and further reduce the quantity of clothing that you carry for a trip. For instance, you can look for pants with zippers that turn into shorts and shoes that fit every occasion, including your favorite dinner at a restaurant.
2. First Aid Kit
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Well, a medical kit is necessary. You can carry medicines for a headache, stomachache, Band-Aids, scissors, eye/ear drops, antibacterial ointment, and doctor-approved antibiotics. Although you can find a pharmacy, they will come handy under emergencies.
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A handy flashlight is an invaluable asset for a traveler. The need for the use of light could come at any time – when you decide to visit the local caves, or when the trek lasts longer, and the nightfall is setting in slowly, or at that point when there is an unexpected blackout.
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Well, many travelers pack their luggage without an umbrella because it adds weight. Although you plan your itinerary, it could sometimes go worse, where you could find yourself walking down the street or in the middle of the rain. The reasons are limitless. Having one will allow you to continue your journey.
5. Learning local phrases
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You need not be an expert in the local language to travel comfortably. However, learning a few simple phrases always pays off. Idioms such as “Hello” and “Thank you” will provide you the chance to get yourself engaging with the locals. The language will also come handy while shopping, at local eateries, and during assistance. You can either download apps on your smartphone or look for pocket guidebooks.
6. Nonverbal communication
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Studying nonverbal communication is helpful when you are interacting. You can try to change to verbal or non-verbal based on the expressions of the converser. However, it is necessary to be observant and taking a pause to see the feelings or emotions exhibited by the other person. You can avoid stressful circumstances, especially with taxi drivers, hotel owners, and vendors.
7. Emergency funds
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Although ATMs are at every corner in almost across all the parts of the globe, you never know when you might need cash. Stocking up secret money, which you can use as an emergency, is always helpful. However, be sure that you do not forget the place where you are secretly hiding the cash.
8. Backup cards
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Having an additional backup credit card is advantageous. It is quite common for banks to block your account unexpectedly under the suspicious activity or transaction. These are common when you are traveling outside your home country. Having a backup card will save your day. In fact, you will gain access to money again, and you will have the opportunity to continue the journey, this time only being more careful.
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The use of chip credit card is a measure to counterfeit fake transactions of the credit card with magnetic strip. However, many countries accept only the magnetic strip swipe or do not accept credit cards without the chip. At these times, you sure do need cash in hand. In those situations, you will have to find an ATM to withdraw money. Bracing up in such cases is necessary and the only quick solution you have it to possess cash on hand. Plan accordingly and carry some money. Also, look for the best exchange rates.
10. Copies of documents
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Keep at least one set of copy of all the original documents that you are carrying. If you lose your passport or robbed of your original contents, you will have a chance to display the copies of the original documents that will make it easier for you to obtain the new documents with ease.
11. What to do when you lose passport
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Losing a passport is the scariest thing for a traveler. However, with the copies of the documents you have, you can easily obtain a temporary passport from the embassy. Learn about the process that will help you with the process of applying for a temporary passport. Keep a note of the procedure and do note down the address of the embassy located in the destination country or the place you are planning to visit.
12. Emergency contacts list
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It is always helpful and thoughtful to possess an emergency contacts list. If you fall sick, or a victim of an accident, authorities could use the help of the emergency numbers that you carry without yourself to identify you and notify the concerned person about the unimagined event. You can further keep a backup of the list in the bag, which you store in the hotel room.
13. Travel Insurance
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Travel insurance is a norm for many countries. You cannot even apply for a visa if you do not have one. Although the chances are high that nothing bad is going to happen, when it does, you sure would like to have insurance. Make sure you check in your home country with best insurance provider offering maximum coverage at a considerable price. Do not fall for the low priced policies, as it is important that you take complete advantage of the policy when the need arises.