In order to enjoy a safer trip abroad, you should take some extra precautions. There are a few things that every traveller, particularly those going to more outlandish parts of the world, should bring with them. Minimizing the risk of getting your things stolen or ending up with an expensive medical disaster will help to put your mind at ease no matter where you’re heading on your next holiday. Here are five things to consider bringing.

Medications

If you use any regular medications such as, for example, an asthma inhaler, be sure to pack enough supplies for your entire trip. You may even need to visit the doctor to get a suitable prescription before you leave. Do not count on getting the supplies you need abroad. Even if they are available, they might be complicated to get. After all, it is rarely easy finding a doctor in a foreign country if you need a prescription for a particular medication.

Money Belt

In many parts of the world, tourists are prime targets for pickpockets. Don’t be an easy target by carrying all of your money and cards with you in a wallet in your pocket. Particularly in places where petty crime is a common problem, carry a money belt for storing the bulk of your cash and all of your credit cards. A money belt is completely concealed beneath your clothes. Keep only a small amount of cash in your wallet.

Padlocks

When staying in hotels or hostels, you will likely be provided with lockers for the safe storage of your bags. However, they often won’t come with padlocks. Bring your own padlocks because you never know when they might come in handy. Use lockers wherever they are provided, particularly for storing valuable items such as laptop computers, cameras and passports. It’s also a good idea to keep a padlock on your bag as well.

Insurance

Medical insurance is particularly important when you are going travelling and, depending on your destination, absolutely essential. Not having suitable coverage could leave you and your family with a financial disaster in the event of an accident. Do not take the risk. Ensure that you have a policy which covers you for the places you’re going to and the things you’re planning to do there. Take a copy of the policy document and the emergency contact details with you.

Vaccinations

Some areas of the world are not very healthy for the Western traveller. Places such as tropical jungles present a wide range of health risks like yellow fever, malaria and more. Travelling to many third world countries poses a high risk of hepatitis as well. Take the necessary precautions and ensure that you have any vaccinations required. In some countries, it is required by law that you have certain vaccinations on entry. You can find up-to-date information on required and recommended vaccines for every country at fco.gov.uk.