10 Safety Tips Every Woman Should Know Who Travel Solo

November 15, 2019

Are You’re a woman traveling alone? Don’t worry !! Perhaps you’re traveling on business trip or you’re just finding yourself. Keep your prank about you and you could have an adventure worth telling. Here are some dos and don’ts to assist you women around navigate your way through an unfamiliar city and a foreign land.

1. Don’t forget to wear a wedding ring, even if you’re not married.

A bright band of gold (Like this) signifies that you’re not interested and, even more important, that your strapping husband is somewhere close by. If you start picking up a strange vibe from someone you’ve just met, the fake, or real, wedding band provides a polite excuse to walk away.

2. Always try to travel during the day if at all possible

You don’t want to be marching through a dark parking garage or left hanging around a deserted airport.

3. DO check in with your closed ones, family, friends, or coworkers as you make your way

Have your closed ones track your flight using an app like Flightaware, so they’ll come to know when your plane has landed and when they should be hearing from you. Have a safeguard. Also, have them watch the movie “Taken,” so they can do their best Liam Neeson impression when the kidnappers answer your cellphone.

4. DO take adequate protection against electronic theft

Screaming Personal AlarmIt can be restrained with radio-frequency identification (RFID) blocking shields. Individual RFID shields, and some of your other belongings like wallets, and purses are plentiful. Travelon and Pacsafe carry a full line of items geared toward travel safety, many of which are not only RFID-blocking but also anti-slash that you can use.

5. Don’t Go and flash your cash

Let’s say you are taking $1000 dollars on your pocket as you gambol about the city. Always have small bills in your wallet or shirt pocket for tips and food. Accumulate other money in more than one place. Of course, you never want to be obvious paying for a cab with the money you pull out of your bra.

Always Consider carrying a dummy wallet if you’re going to be in a place known for pick-pockets. Wisely fill it with those promotional credit cards you get in the mail that have your name on them and some small bills so it looks the part and will help you to hide your originals.

6. Learn to be louder

Fear can make you nerveless. If you’re not a loud screamer, carry a Personal Screaming Device (yes, that’s a thing) or the Storm, the world’s loudest whistle. The Storm is really so loud that even someone wearing a helmet can hear it easily and will act as weapon for your protection.

7. Don’t open yourself to people you’ve just met

In fact, it’s a good idea to have a conceivable, but completely fictional, story to tell those who are overly curious. And, not to sound too over suspicious, but while you may be talking to someone who genuinely is who they say they are, the guy behind you may be making notes of your travel plans. So be alert always and don’t trust people blindly.

8. Don’t drink the Tap Water

Bottled water is always safest and probably better tasting as well. If you like the taste of radium-228, arsenic and lead with your tap water (I’m looking at you Las Vegas) drink up. Tap water can be fine if it’s properly filtered. But even filtered water tends to miss that pesky E coli or rotavirus, so do consider a travel water bottle with a purifier.

9. Don’t get over drunk

Intoxication reduces not only your inhibitions, but your awareness about your surroundings. That’s when raptorial drugs (roofies, liquid ecstasy and, yes, cat valiums) can get slipped into your beverage.

10. Don’t dress up to impress

To travel safely in a foreign country, you will probably fail at mingling in, so aim for not standing out. To make stuffing easier on you, choose a adaptable wardrobe with a pick neutral-based color scheme of non-wrinkly clothes. Black/white/grey/blue-toned charcoal—these are all easy to mix and match. A woman alone need not to travel in constant fear.

The bestest travel safety tip is to look like you know what you’re doing without fear. Lost often comes off as weak or accessible. Walk with boldness and purpose. Don’t stumble for things. If you either have to pick a stranger to ask for help, choose a close knit family with young children or an older woman. Such choices are least likely to be serial killers in disguise. Research well where you’re going.

The CIA World Factbook is a wonderful resource. One thing do realize that, in a worst case scenario, bad things do happen no matter how many precautions you take. Your job is only to reduce the chance that those bad things will happen to you.

Featured Image Credit: Telegraph.co.uk