Travel can be an exhilarating and eye-opening experience for anyone, but can also be a very stressful experience if you fail to prepare adequately. One way to prepare is by ensuring that you check all the essential safety boxes before and during your travel. Are you planning to venture into the great unknown anytime soon? Here are some vital travel safety tips you should know.
For several months now, the coronavirus seems to have brought the entire world to its knees. Travel enthusiasts have looked on helplessly as country after country impose travel bans to protect their citizens. Thankfully, the world is showing glimpses of opening up again, albeit cautiously. If you’re fortunate enough to have the chance of travelling again, it is essential first to take a private covid test. Although most airports now have mandatory testing, getting a private one done before leaving home will give you the assurance you need that you’re free of the virus.
Do some research
Take enough time to get to know your preferred location before you set off. Fortunately, the internet has so much information about almost any part of the world. For more popular destinations, you can scout through travel blogs and websites for the info you need. You can also consult locals if possible or read reviews from other travellers about the safest areas to go.
Pack a safety kit
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are during your travels, danger always seems to find its way to you. That means every traveller needs a first aid or safety kit when going on a long trip to help in times of unexpected emergencies. Before you set off, ensure that you pack up a first aid kit to carry on you at all times. It shouldn’t be too bulky, as it may get in your way, but also shouldn’t be too small to carry all the essentials you need.
Speaking of essentials, your safety kit should contain some of the following; band-aids or plasters, gauze, surgical tape, tweezers, tiny scissors, antiseptic, and a pack of condoms.
Seek medical clearance
We have already mentioned the need to get yourself privately tested for COVID-19 before you set off. But aside from that, it is advisable to get a green light from your healthcare giver before leaving. That is especially important if you are still on medication or under observation by your doctor. If that is the case, your doctor may give you extra medication to take along with you, with specific directions to follow. Keep it on you at all times during your travel and set reminders to ensure that you do not skip any dose.
Make accommodation arrangements in advance
No matter how much you love the thrill of adventure, it is crucial to make all your accommodation arrangements before leaving. Where possible, pick a flight time that allows you to arrive at your destination during the day. The last thing you want is to be stranded at night, far from home, and still looking for a hotel.