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10 Backpacking Tips That Could Save Your Life

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There is simply no better way to experience and enjoy the awesome attractions of Australia, than by strapping on a backpack and trekking around this magnificent country. This is true for both novice and seasoned backpackers who are looking for exciting places to visit and destinations to explore, that will no doubt deliver fun and memorable experiences!

Backpacking can be an absolutely exhilarating experience, but it can often become unsafe when you are not familiar with the country and its customs. If you’re ill equipped to face those spontaneous road bumps along the way, this can definitely suck the life out of those precious memories you’re creating.

Don’t let your unforgettable adventures turn into a nightmare! There are ways to maximise the fun and excitement of your travels whilst minimising any unpredictable dangers! Here we’ve equipped you with some tips that will make your backpacking experience more memorable than ever before. Make sure to remember this comprehensive backpacker’s survival guide before heading off on your journey and before exploring the wide and wild world of the beautiful land that is Australia.

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10 Life Saving Backpacking Tips

1. Give a family member or a trusted friend your bank details

Are you backpacking on a tight budget? Or did you spend a huge amount of money on tours and beers that may have tightened your budget for the entire trip? Before you start backpacking, make sure that you have given your bank details to a family member or a trusted friend. This way, you’ll have someone who can deposit some cash into your bank account in case of an emergency.

2. Do not carry a lot of money with you

If you’ve made a trip to the ATM, refrain from keeping all your money with you. Just bring enough for the activities you’ve planned for that day, by doing this you won’t have to worry so much if your wallet is lost or even worse, pickpocketed. Although Australia is extremely safe and Australian’s are very friendly, it’s best to be prepared.

3. Do not carry a lot of money with you


Before you begin your backpacking adventure, always photocopy your passport’s main page so that if you do happen to lose it, you’ll have a backup copy. This will ease your troubles immensely and will speed up the process of obtaining a new one. A passport is an important document when backpacking, and if it has been lost or stolen, report it immediately to protect yourself against identity theft.

4. Be careful with strangers

During your backpacking experience in Australia, you will meet many different people and even though the majority of Australian’s are trustworthy, it’s best to be careful. If a stranger invites you into his or her car or to party, just trust your instincts. If you are in a foreign land, you need to be more careful in associating with others or when accepting invitations from people you don’t know well enough.

5. Protect your health when travelling away from home

Backpackers may get injured or sick and be admitted to hospital without warning and you have to plan in advance on how to obtain care when you are overseas. Before you leave, always check your health insurance policy. If your health insurance plan doesn’t cover you fully overseas, then get a short-term international insurance policy.

6. Bring your own food and snacks

If you don’t know what to drink or eat in a country with high-risk food, then bringing your own food or snacks is the best thing to do. This will also help you save money too. If you do decide to bring your own food, always remember to check food and drink restrictions a country may have with bringing food in from other countries.

7. Obtain travel vaccinations

One of the most valuable lifesaving travel tips to consider is to get travel vaccinations. Backpackers know that they are exposed to different risks from nature, including different insect bites. Before you start your journey, make sure to get vaccinations in advance and always pack your vaccination certificate together with your other essential travel documents.

8. Take full advantage of modern technology

Indeed, speaking the language, even just a few words, will save you headaches and money while you are backpacking in Australia. However, language is no longer an issue, especially if you have access to Google Translate through your browser or the Google Translate app on your mobile device. You can also carry a travel phrasebook, so you can figure out how to get to your next destination and how to travel with minimal stress.

9. Be familiar with your Visa requirements

There are several things you can be fined for, from carrying a wooden sculpture to working on your work/holiday Visa, which is even more serious. Before you begin your trip, make sure to review the rules and familiarise yourself with the Visa requirements to avoid breaching them.nce.

10. Conduct thorough research to find the right hostel

If you want to maximise your backpacking experience, choosing the right hostel is a must. If you feel that the hostel you chose is dirty, unhealthy, unsafe or isn’t giving you an enjoyable experience, check out sites like Trip Advisor for reviews from real people so that you can locate the best accommodation that suits you. Always have a backup plan in case you don’t feel safe or secure when you arrive.

Backpacking is really an exciting and enjoyable experience, but it can also become scary and a dangerous trip if you aren’t properly prepared. Don’t let this wonderful experience turn into a terrifying one! Take advantage of these backpacking tips and you will certainly have the most fantastic and enjoyable journey that you will never forget!