If you were a member of the Boy Scouts of Girl Scouts as a kid, you likely have some essential skills you can use as an adult. Whether you learned how to start a fire in the woods, get along well with others, or survive temporarily without electricity, you can likely attribute those abilities to your “training” as a child.
Being a part of these groups may also mean you took several trips where you made new friends and learned new survival tactics. Given the current state of the world, you may have to use some of these skills while traveling. Here are some of the ways you can be prepared for the unexpected while traveling.
1. Carry A First Aid Kit
While it’s true you’ll likely have access to modern medicine no matter where you go, you should still have a first aid kit for immediate medical care. Fill the kit with hydrocortisone and antibacterial cream, allergy medicine, painkillers, scissors, bandages, and Band-Aids.
2. Carry A Reusable Water Bottle With A Filter
When you’re traveling, it’s important to stay hydrated. Take a reusable water bottle with you and make sure the water has a filter so you can be sure your water is clean, no matter where you’re traveling.
3. Don’t Forget A Flashlight
Carry a small flashlight in case you’re outside at night and want to be able to see clearly. The light can also come in handy if the electricity goes out in your room.
4. Learn The Language
Even if you’re not fluent, make sure you know the basics of your traveling language. You should know how to get around in the city and show basic courtesy to natives.
5. Observe Nonverbal Communication
Make sure you know what people are saying even when they’re not talking. Know when to speak, when to stay quiet, and what certain gestures mean in other countries.
6. Bring Extra Bank And Credit Cards
Always carry at least one backup card with you in case of an emergency. This keeps you from being locked out of your account for “suspicious activity” if your bank sees that your spending money in an unfamiliar location. Of course, backup cards also help to keep your money safe if you’re robbed.
7. Download Essential Apps
Make sure you download a money transfer mobile app such as Venmo Cashapp, or Western Union when traveling so you can send and receive money from anybody in seconds in case of an emergency or splitting checks. Apps that help you remember words or phrases in a foreign language or provide directions to important landmarks are essential.
8. Make Copies Of Important Paperwork
Make copies of your passport, social security card, and identification cards when you’re traveling. These copies come in handy if you have to file a police report for any reason.
9. Keep An Emergency Contact List
If anything happens to you while traveling, make sure you have a list of emergency contacts on hand, so law enforcement or medical staff know who to get in touch with. If you have food allergies or health conditions, keep this information on your person while traveling.
10. Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
You need travel insurance in case you have to go to the hospital for any reason so you can get the treatment you need.
11. Research Before You Leave
It’s essential to know the laws in the place you’re visiting. For instance, some countries forbid or look down on public displays of affection. Some regions of the world require you to dress a certain way in open settings. If a family is hosting you, you should know how to behave in their home to exhibit proper etiquette. Show respect for the place you’re visiting by becoming familiar with the culture.
12. Carry Multipurpose Items
Make sure you have specific suitcase items that can help you adjust to changing weather or other vacation conditions. If you decide to have an impromptu dinner date, you should have an outfit that works for the occasion but is still comfortable enough to wear in the daytime. It’s also helpful to buy a swimsuit that you can wear with a flowing skirt or pair of pants so your swimwear can serve as an additional outfit.
These helpful tips can help you make the most of your trip and increase your chances of traveling safely during and after the pandemic.