Our top tips for staying safe while backpacking

Posted on Fri April 25, 2014.

Backpacking is a great way to explore and see the world. But some consider it a dangerous way to travel. Especially if you’re going alone. And it can be dangerous. But only if you don’t take the right steps towards staying safe.

Backpacking is a great way to explore and see the world. But some consider it a dangerous way to travel. Especially if you’re going alone.

And it can be dangerous. But only if you don’t take the right steps towards staying safe.

Don’t flash your cash: When backpacking it’s always a good idea to have cash on you. You never know when you might have to pay for a taxi or jump into a restaurant to buy some food. One thing you should never do though, is flash your money about on the street.

It makes you a target for thieves. Same goes for all the expensive gear you’re carrying round, like your camera. Keep it concealed.

Use lockers: If you’re staying in a hostel then it’s always a good idea to leave your stuff in a locker. Sure, it might feel like the safest place and leaving it all on the bed will be fine, but you don’t know who’s coming in and out of the rooms.

You aren’t going to lumber your stuff round with you all day every day, and you don’t want to leave them out.

Take registered cabs: Always use a registered cab when travelling about the city. Ask your hostel for a number or check online.

Get travel insurance: Sure, it can seem like a hassle at the time. Trying to find the right policy, shelling out money. But it’s well worth it.

Medical bills can be expensive, and if your belongings are stolen or lost you need to be able to replace them.

Don’t be afraid to ask: If you’re unsure of anything then ask a local that you trust. You may have met someone in the hostel, or have made friends. It’s always better to ask than to assume!

Be vigilant: Every place on earth has an area that’s deemed ‘unsafe’. But it’s always a good idea to remain vigilant in any new area. If you’re travelling keep your bag to hand, don’t talk to complete strangers etc.