And Really, They Are Good Tips for Everyone

Debi recently moved her son into his dorm at the University of Wyoming. I was thinking of some last-minute advice and told him to “stay safe”…but what does that mean? Here are some good suggestions for staying safe while traveling that our friends at Outside inspired.

Always Tell Someone Where You Are Going

Share your itinerary with a friend or family member.  We keep track of our clients so if they don’t check in at a hotel or for an activity, we reach out to make sure everything is okay.

Make Sure You Can Reach Someone in an Emergency

When venturing far off the beaten path, you should always have a way of contacting someone if you find yourself in a situation you can’t get out of alone. If you know cell service will be spotty or unavailable, bring a satellite phone or other means of communication (like a satellite messenger, which is cheaper and lighter than a phone). Most satellite devices include an emergency SOS button, so all you have to do to get help is push one key.  

Know How To Navigate

Cell service and your phone’s battery life aren’t guaranteed, so it’s great to download maps for offline use.  To do this, type in the city or a destination and scroll down to “More” or tap the three buttons at the top and tap “Download offline map.” Bringing an extra battery charger is a good idea if you’re relying on your phone but consider carrying and learning how to use paper maps as well in case of emergency. 

Embrace the #LaterGram

Broadcasting your location in real-time can invite unwanted attention. Save the geotags on your social media posts for when you’re safe at home or have moved on to the next stage of your adventure. The same goes for sharing any trail updates on a GPS tracking app like Strava or AllTrails: leave those updates for after you’re done.

Another option is to join a group as a solo traveler. Deb loved meeting fellow travelers and the ease & safety of traveling in a group.

Travel With a First Aid Kit

Most minor injuries are to the soft tissues (think: cuts and blisters), whether from hiking or clocking 10,000-plus steps while exploring a new city. So packing even a small first aid kit with essentials like Band-Aids and antibiotic cream can go a long way in preventing infections and other complications. Plus, you’ll be more comfortable with the time you are exploring. 

Throw in Extra Layers 

Weather can change in the blink of an eye. Even if you’re not planning to be out after dark, pack clothing for the lowest temperature of the day in case you get delayed. A packable rain jacket doesn’t take up much space in your pack but you’ll be grateful you have it in the case of unexpected wind or wet weather. 

Be Aware of Your Surroundings 

Not only do you need to know what’s going on around you, but you want to make sure others know you’re aware, too.  Avoid the temptation to pull out your phone too often – being distracted makes you vulnerable.   

Trust Your Instincts

If something (or someone) doesn’t seem right or you don’t feel at ease, get out of there.


Work With People You Trust

Debi with her private guide and driver in St Lucia (at The Superman Falls!), recommended by her hotel. The hotel knew she was with him, where they were going, and when she would return to the hotel.

We book tours and transfers through vetted suppliers and partners.  If serendipity calls you to add an activity while you are traveling, book it through your hotel or your in-travel experience team.  Don’t book it through someone you meet on the street even if they promise you an incentive to book through them. 

We’d love to help you put together a solo adventure – or one with family or friends. Contact us today to get started!