Traveling grants us an escape from our daily routine and allows us to experience a new environment. It also allows us to experience some form of adventure, and cultural exploration, and to build unforgettable memories. Yet, while we prepare for an exciting trip, it is important to plan in such a way that you and your family’s well-being and safety is assured. This is key to having a pleasant journey. Regardless of whether you are a frequent flyer or traveling for the first time, these wellness and safety tips will help guide you to travel sensibly.
Preparation Before You Leave
1. Research Your Destination:
One of the basic steps while planning a trip is to research your destination. Study the local customs, traditions, and any travel advisories or safety issues. Understanding your destination helps you have a better experience and ensures that you are not in the dark when you reach there.
It is also advisable to research local customs and dressing requirements. In addition, it also helps to learn basic words and phrases in the local language so that you can communicate with the locals in case of an emergency.
Another useful tip that pays off is to research the common scams that occur in your destination. Many travel websites also mention which taxi service or travel option is the safest for travelers. Doing your research will help you stay safe from scams and rip-offs.
2. Health Preparations:
Research any vaccinations or medications needed for your travel destination and get them done before you leave. In case of any personal health issues, it is advisable to get a checkup done and discuss your condition with your physician. Prepare a small travel-sized first aid kit with basics like OTC painkillers, allergy medications, ointments, bandages, and your prescription medicines.
3. Travel Insurance:
Getting travel insurance is a non-negotiable item for traveling. It is an effective safety net in case of emergencies like illnesses, trip cancellations, or even lost items. Review the coverage in detail and choose a plan that matches the nature and destination of your trip.
4. Emergency Contacts:
Make a list of important contact numbers, and make sure that it includes the local embassy or consulate, in your phone. Also, keep a physical copy of this list for situations when you don’t have your phone. Share your travel itinerary with a trusted friend or family member. Having someone aware of your plans enhances your safety net.
Prioritize Your Health When Packing:
5. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration causes a lot of issues quickly. Keep a reusable water bottle and be attentive about remaining hydrated, especially in warm climates. In case of travel to areas with dubious water quality, opt for bottled or treated water.
6. Stay Protected from the Sun:
Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by packing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Prolonged sun exposure, particularly in tropical climates, can cause your skin to burn and lead to long-term skin damage.
7. Keep Healthy Snacks with You:
Long journeys and unfamiliar cuisine can disrupt your digestive system. Pack familiar and ideally nutritious snacks like nuts, granola bars, and dried fruits. Having these on hand ensures you have a healthy option when hunger strikes.
In Transit: Handling the Journey with Ease
8. Stay Mobile While Traveling:
Whether you are on a plane, train, or bus, sitting for extended periods can cause body stiffness and physical discomfort. Try to take short walks, do some stretches, and do simple exercises to improve circulation and reduce the risk of body stiffness. There are many basic stretches to improve blood circulation that you can do while sitting if you are not comfortable with moving on a plane or bus.
9. Maintain a Steady Sleep Cycle:
Jet lag and an irregular sleep pattern can disrupt your mood and energy levels. Try to adjust to the local time zone by following the daytime there so that you adapt. It is also important that you maintain your body’s hydration and try to get adequate rest during your journey.
At Your Destination: Prioritize Safety
10. Stay Informed
It is easy to stay in an isolated bubble during your vacations, however, it is important to keep yourself informed about local news and safety concerns in your destination. Use reliable travel apps and stay connected with your accommodation’s front desk for information on safety issues or any risks.
Ensuring Digital Safety
In this technology-reliant age, protecting your digital information is as important as protecting your physical well-being. Make sure to follow the tips below all through your travels.
11. Use Secure Wi-Fi:
Make it a habit to never connect to unsecured Wi-Fi networks. However, it is important to be especially cautious with using such networks when retrieving sensitive information or making financial transactions. It is recommended to use a virtual private network (VPN) for an added layer of security.
12. Backup Important Documents:
It is always advisable to keep digital copies of essential travel and personal documents like your passport, travel insurance, and itinerary. It is also advisable to upload these documents securely in cloud storage for easy access in case of device loss or theft.
13. Update Security Settings:
Before traveling, you should ensure that your devices have the latest security updates and anti-virus software. Set strong, unique, and easy to remember passwords for your accounts to minimize the risk of unauthorized access.
Sadia Zaheer holds a Masters in Business Administration from IBA, Karachi. After working in several financial institutions in Client Management, Corporate Lending, Islamic Banking and Product Management she jumped careers to pursue a career in writing.
She is a Finance, Business and HR Development writer with four years of experience. She reads a lot and takes care of her multiple cats to remain calm.