How to Stay Safe when Backpacking

How to Stay Safe when BackpackingBackpacking is an exciting adventure, but there are pitfalls to avoid. In order to have a safe and pleasurable experience, there are a number of precautions to take, but if you plan and research before you go, you’ll be fine.


In hotels, make sure that you always have your door locked. Shut windows and patio doors, particularly if your room has a balcony or is on the ground floor. Keep valuables in a safety deposit box if possible. But perhaps you’d prefer a different type of accommodation from hotels or hostels, more personal and private, but which is also safe.

If you take a look at, you will see such social travel accommodation, where you can rent a private person’s apartment, house or room. You will be renting from locals who can tell you the best places to go and the unsafe places to avoid.

It’s also safe in that all payments are online and as a guest you know that every property is covered by insurance. If you have a problem, you can contact the support team and you are given a special emergency number too.

Out and about

Before you go to any destinations, research them and know the local customs, laws and dress codes. Try not to stick out as a tourist. Travelling with at least one other person is advisable. Keep your passport, valuables and money in pouches close to your body. Don’t have too much cash or jewelry on you.

Only use licensed taxis. At all times, don’t go off the beaten track on your own. If you get lost, don’t make it obvious by browsing over your maps in the middle of the street! If someone offers you help, they may be genuine, but follow your parents’ guidance – don’t go off with strangers, particularly if they begin to pester you. Go where there are lots of people until you shake them off!

Before going on your backpacking trip, make sure you have a good travel insurance covering all activities, theft, accidents etc. Do copies of travel documents and have backups online. Give trip details to the people at home, including an emergency contact number. While travelling keep folks at home updated of your whereabouts. Be safe and enjoy your backpacking trip.

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