It is in our nature as human beings to want to protect ourselves and our loved ones in the event of danger. But preventing dangerous situations are always better than dealing with them once they have occurred. That is why we should always be looking out for our personal safety, but even more so when we are travelling. Regardless of where you're travelling to, the point is, you are away from your familiar territory and it makes you more vulnerable.
One of the best ways to increase your personal safety, is to never travel alone. Aside from the fact that company is likely to make your trip more enjoyable, you are less likely to be victimized in a group. The larger the group, the safer it is.
If you're travelling by car, make sure that the car is in a good working condition. This will ensure that you have much less of a risk getting into a car accident or having a breakdown. Make sure that you have an inflated spare tire and a jack or a product that fix a broken tyre enough for you to drive somewhere to get it fixed.
A good working flashlight can be a real life saver in all kinds of dangerous situations. Be sure to keep a fully charged cellphone with enough airtime on you when you travel. Cellphones have saved many lives in dangerous situations before trouble could strike. A Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) System will also contribute to your safety while you are travelling, because it can prevent you from getting lost in unfamiliar or dangerous areas.
A brilliant travelling safety precaution would be to establish a trip monitoring agreement with someone you know. This involves communication, similar to a notification system, between the two parties during the journey. Notify the person when you leave on your journey and contact them on an agreed upon basis to notify them of your safety and whereabouts or vice versa. This way, someone will notice when you are in a crisis and will have an estimated idea of where you are or should be. Professional trip monitoring services are available for you to subscribe to that work similarly to the personal agreement described above.
Most importantly, keep yourself informed on the happenings in the particular area you are travelling in or through. You need to know what to expect if you're going to try prevent it from happening. Do some research to familiarize yourself with the area and its current conditions. News reports will provide you with useful information with regards to crime and accidents in the area, so you know what to try and avoid.