TipsBackpacking and hostelling is generally very safe and this is a fun way to travel and meet new people. However, it is important to take certain precautions in order to remain safe and make sure that your belongings are protected as well.

First of all, make sure that a close friend or relative has a copy of your travel plan. Keep in touch with this person regularly so that they can keep up to date with where you are. This way, if something does happen, the person will be able to inform local authorities of the last place you were when you made contact so that they will have at least a rough idea of where to start looking.

Take photocopies of all of your important documents such as your passport, bank book and flight tickets and upload scanned copies to an online database. If your original documents go missing, it will be much easier to get them replaced if you have good copies and in many cases these copies might be good enough to use temporarily.

Finding a travel companion is a great way to share the fun of the trip while also making the experience safer. One of the bonuses of having a travel buddy is that you will be able to watch each other’s bags and other belongings while you travel, to make sure nothing happens to them while the other person buys travel tickets and takes care of any other travel essentials.

Invest in a small waterproof bag to keep your valuables in and keep it locked with a small padlock. This is especially useful if you are staying in a hostel where lots of people are sharing a room together. Although this safety measure doesn’t guarantee that your valuables will stay safe, it will slow down thieves and make them search for an easier target.