Preppers: How To Stay Safe Overseas

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Preppers: On The Road in Another Country

Preppers take being prepared for emergencies seriously. You wouldn’t take the time and energy to get educated and get ready if you didn’t. If you want to be prepared for any possible event at home, how much more important is it to be prepared for the unknown when traveling outside the U.S.!

Here are a few tips for staying safe while traveling anywhere, including another country.

 

Be smart about what kind of target you present while you’re traveling. One of the worst things you can do is walk down the street staring at your cell phone while you text or look around like you’re lost. You’re a huge target for those guys because you’re not paying attention, which kicks in their animal instincts.

Let someone know where you’re going and when to expect you back, as well as what steps they should take if they don’t hear from you.

Don’t flash your cash around or wear fancy jewelry.

Keep your house and car keys at home in a hidden spot outside or with a trusted friend. It’s too easy to lose them during a trip and you don’t need them there.

Make sure you bring some kind of travel kit with you. Keep a few first aid items and other things that you might need like sunscreen and extra water. The more remote of an area you’re going, the more stuff you’ll need. You may need a full-on bug out bag type of kit if you’re going way into the bush. Just remember that if you look out of place with a bunch of stuff, you’ll be a bigger target.

Keep your money in more than one place.

You might also want to have a throwaway wallet with a few bucks in it to hand off if you get robbed.

Keep backup money and a copy of your passport in a hidden pocket or one of those travel belts with a hidden area. Just remember that some thieves know this trick – via Graywolf Survival

Preppers: Get Ready Before You Go

There are important ways preppers can prepare before they leave to go out of country. Below are some great suggestions for how to research your travel destination as well as ways to prepare your documents and make plans for safety should the unexpected arise.

The Basics

I start by covering the basics most international travelers do when preparing to venture to a foreign country:

Make sure my passport is current, renew if need be or apply for one.

Check for visa requirements and obtain them. Look for travel alerts and warnings.

Get any recommended vaccinations or boosters for the region.

Purchase a travel guide or two (see the links above) and maps to learn about the lay of the land, people, culture, customs, language and currency.

But that is just the start to my travel preps. Please read on….

Dig a Little Deeper

Gathering a snap shot of the country and its people is important, so I go to the CIA. Yes, you heard me correctly, the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA puts out an annual publication called The World Factbook that is chock-full of data about every country in the world. It provides great baseline information for a trip. You can research topics including history, geography, culture, government, economy, communications and transportation.

Documents

Next on the list of preps are my personal, financial and travel documents. Nothing can ruin travel plans faster than missing documents, especially after you have left your home country.

I make a copy of my passport, driver’s license, birth certificate (proof of your country of origin and usually citizenship beyond just your passport), travel itinerary, and any other important records for the trip. I keep one hard copy as a backup set with me, folded and stored in a waterproof pouch.

The records are also turned into images or a PDF and placed on a password protected memory stick on my key chain, especially if I’m going to a country with a poor internet infrastructure. The electronic version is also uploaded to either my Dropbox or Evernote account which can be accessed from the internet anytime anywhere via computer, smart phone or tablet.

Lastly, I give a set to a person in the U.S. who knows my travel plans and can help me from afar if trouble arises.

Emergency Contacts and Safe Places

If a natural disaster, difficult medical situation, or other major emergency occurs in the country I am traveling in, there are places to go that can offer help. Before heading out on my journey, I gather the address and phone numbers for the U.S. Embassy and  consulate office, as well as any U.S. military bases in the area. In addition and as a backup, I find the same information for any country which uses English as a primary language, such as the UK or Australia. This information is added to my travel documents as well.
– via The Survival Mom

Have you traveled overseas lately? With the conditions in the world today do you think it makes sense to be prepared to stay safe while out of the United States?

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