What to Consider When Traveling to a Remote Destination

Four Tips to Follow When Traveling to a Remote Destination

Some people like to truly get away from it all when they are on vacation. This usually entails finding the most remote places possible, and spending some time at them. However, going to that beautiful, quiet island in the Pacific, or the wilderness retreat in an unpopulated area of a developing country have some disadvantages. Before you go traipsing off to the middle of nowhere, you need to be completely prepared.

Do Plenty of Research

Before you leave, take the time to learn as much as you can about the area that you’ll be traveling to. This includes checking with the U.S. State Department (or the equivalent thereof, if you live in another country) to verify the political climate, potential for disaster, or required immunizations that you’ll need. Also, check with the company that you have booked your trip through to see if they have trained staff on hand in case of emergencies, or if you’ll need a satellite phone or standard cell phone. You’ll also need to see your doctor and have a complete physical to ensure that you are healthy enough to travel to such a remote place. If you have any health risks, it is better if you do not go.

Be Prepared for Every Circumstance

This is not the time to pack lightly. You’ll need to bring any medications that you take, along with instructions or notes from your doctors on them. A first aid kit – one with as many options are possible – is also a must-have. After all, you might be days away from proper medical attention, so you should be prepared for emergency situations. Bring bottled water or purification tablets, just in case, as well as flashlights, emergency blankets, and a detailed map of the area. Since you could be in an area without electricity (or a place where the power goes out on a regular basis) pack an emergency supply of food that does not need to be refrigerated. For example, granola bars, beef jerky, trail mix, dried fruit and whole grain cereals are all good options.

Inform As Many People as Possible

Before leaving, make sure that you close family and friends know where you’re going. Make them a promise, such as, notifying them of your well-being once a day or so. This way, if they don’t hear from you within the agreed-upon time frame, they will know to get a hold of any local authorities. Also, if you will be in another country, let your home country’s embassy in that location know where you are. Alerting them, as well as law enforcement or government officials at your destination, will reassure you that many people will be keeping an eye on your whereabouts, just in case.

Stay Safe and Have an Exit Plan

Some things that you should do in order to stay safe include keeping updated on the weather conditions at your destination. This way, you won’t have to face unexpected storms. You also need to make sure that the vehicle that you’re traveling in can handle the roads that you’ll be driving it on, and, of course, should that car or truck break down en route, stay with it until help arrives. Lastly, speaking of help, if you know that you’ll be out of standard cell phone range, bring along a satellite phone or some other form of reaching assistance.

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