Your personal security whilst traveling is paramount! The world is a wonderful place with awesome people, but it can take just one thief or an unfortunate incident to turn your trip sour. Yikes.
You may be wondering…
‘How exactly can I protect myself on the road?’
The great news is that amazing self-protection, personal security devices and products are out there for you. And they’re going to make your travels a whole lot easier!
Here are the best women’s personal safety products I’ve personally tested and love. And they’re perfect for guys too!
Your travel safety can simply start with some very nifty clothes and accessories. There are two key items I 100% recommend that you pack.
This is for the ladies. Pack a big, lightweight scarf. I think it might just be my number one travel item! If you’re travelling in culturally sensitive countries, having a big scarf with you will save you in temples and on the street. It allows you to cover your head, shoulders or those beautiful ankles you possess; and as a result, you’ll stay in the locals’ good books.
Some cultures haven’t quite caught up with feminism yet. You’re single, unmarried, childless and travelling ALONE?! *Shock horror*
Locals WILL take one look at your finger and directly ask you questions about your relationship status. I’ve found that wearing a fake wedding ring saves me a lot of hassle. Carrying a photo of my ‘husband’ can wrap up these uncomfortable questions swiftly too.
I love these anti-pickpocket clothes! Clever Travel Companion help you hide your valuables such as your passport, cards and cash right in their garments. I highly recommend their tops and underwear.
There are also travel scarves available with hidden pockets in them. Nice huh?
If you don’t want to stuff money down your knickers and directly into your bra (yes, I’ve very much done this in the past. So did my Mum when she travelled the States in her 20s), there is a solution. Grab a money belt! The Venture Money Belt is rad.
And for an actual belt which you can hide your money in, it is also available to you!
Don’t fancy keeping your valuables around your waist? Pacsafe’s Bra Stash does just the trick!
Skyroam is the answer to your WIFI needs. It is an unlimited global WIFI hotspot that you can carry with you wherever you go. It’s easy to stay connected! I used it throughout the whole of my Mongol Rally trip (I drove all the way from the UK to Mongolia in a really crap car – and back!). It worked in the middle of nowhere in misogynist Kazakhstan and allowed me to let my parents know I was still alive in Turkey, when that coup was going on.
Please don’t get caught out just because your mobile phone or portable WIFI isn’t charged up! I’d hate for you to not being able to reach help because of a simple mistake. Ensure you pack a RAVPower Powerbank with you when you go out.
Charge your electronics regularly. Your mobile phone is 100% needed for the best travel safety apps, to call if you need help and to guide your way.
Invest in a SOS personal alarm. By activating it, the Vigilant Personal Alarm will blast out a siren even the hard of hearing will not be able to ignore. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation where you’re too traumatized to shout for help, a personal safety alarm is going to do it for you: like a total boss.
Looking for an alternative emergency alarm? A Fox Sonik Safety Whistle is perfect. I like to use mine when I’m hiking, and dogs are around. I’ve had a couple of dodgy situations with dogs not being as friendly as I am.
I’ve personally had friends in trouble in their accommodation at night, with people trying to come into their rooms. If there isn’t a lock on the door, there is an answer! Pack a door stop alarm.
All you’ve got to do is place the door alarm under the base of the door. This personal safety alert device will then emit a powerful 120-decibel alarm when the door is opened.
When I was attacked in India, I was just as worried about protecting my valuables as I was my own self. I had my laptop and mobile phone on me. These two items are my livelihood as a travel blogger.
Here is how we can protect our gadgets just as much as ourselves…
During transit, use a PacSafe Anti-Theft Backpack and Bag Protector. Simply put your belongings into this stainless-steel net and secure it with a padlock. You can attach it to anything you wish. Thieves are going to have to work really hard to get into this; hence it being a serious deterrant.
A PacSafe bag protector is perfect for when you’re throwing your backpack onto a plane or overnight sleeper bus or train. It’s also great if the lockers in your hostel are dodgy. People use these to tie their valuables to a solid pole or sink.
If you’re looking for something lighter than the bag protector, I recommend opting for the PacSafe Cable Lock instead.
For hostel lockers, I highly recommend a Master Lock Padlock. Having a combination lock means you’ll never have to worry about losing the key to your most prized possessions.
Everyone tells you to get it, and you might just not listen, thinking you can get away with not purchasing it. Don’t do that you wally. Travel insurance is essential.
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I don’t want this article to make you feel scared to travel. It doesn’t matter whether you’re walking on the street in your hometown or on the other side of the world. Trouble can happen.
I’m here to encourage you to face your fears, push your boundaries and reach your full potential through solo travel. YOU CAN DO IT! Believe in yourself. Use these personal protection products for women and guys that I’ve recommended above. Sign up to my free self-defense course. You got this!