Whether you’re a first-time traveler or frequent flyer, it never hurts to play it safe when traveling abroad. Here are seven travel essentials that will help keep you and your belongings safe on your next adventure.
1. RFID-blocking wallets & sleeves
These days, it’s not enough to just strap on hidden money belts to deter thiefs. RFID-skimming allows scammers to download your personal information, such as credit card details, without you ever knowing – until you check your bank statement, that is.
A lightweight, tough and TSA-friendly lock is the best way to ensure your bags cannot be easily opened or tampered with in crowded spaces. They’re also a great idea if you’re staying at a backpacker hostel and need to keep your belongings in a locker.
Combination locks mean you don’t have to worry about losing the key. TSA Lock systems are the officially recognised lock system at international airport security and customs. Some of our travel packs, like the Interloper and the Litehaul 38 have a locking dock, which provides additional protection.
3. Mosquito-repelling accessories
Mosquitos are a nuisance at best, and carriers of potentially life-threatening diseases at worst. If you’re travelling to a country with Malaria or Dengue fever outbreaks, for example, it’s really important you minimise the risk of mosquito bites with repellent and by covering up.
Our Buzzguard range of gear has been treated with insect-repelling technology, which provides odourless, long-lasting and safe protection.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says one of the most important ways to avoid the transmission of diseases is by thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water. Where clean water isn’t available, as is common in many parts of the world, they advise using alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
5. First Aid Kit
Never leave home without a first aid kit – it might just save your life. A solid first aid kit will include gauze swabs, antiseptic wipes, adhesive bandages, tweezers, and scissors. Head to your chemist and top it up with pain killers, rehydration salts, anti-diarrhoea tablets, water purification tablets, jet lag tablets, motion sickness medicine, antihistamine, anti-nausea tablets.
Whether you’re trying to find your bag in a dark hostel dorm room or there’s a sudden power outage, you just never know when a lightweight, compact torch or headtorch will come in handy. Look for LED, durable and water-resistant travel torches to keep your bases covered, which are also easy to pack.
7. Anti-DVT flight socks
Anti-DVT flight socks provide a graduated compression to improve blood flow and help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) on long distance aeroplane flights. Flight socks assist with blood flow around the body by directing it toward the heart. Increased circulation helps reduce the build-up of excess fluid preventing tired, swollen legs.