Urban Jungle Survival Gear: What You Need for Travel

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Tourist With MapTravelling to a foreign country? You’ll need more than just your wits about you. Although there is no substitute for presence of mind and some research or previous experience in the culture of the place you’re visiting—be it a totally different country or just another part of Australia—having some basic items on you all the time can save you from some problems, including safety risks. At the very least, they may save you from embarrassment.

Before you hit the streets of a different corner of the world, here are some items you should have with you as advised by UK Prepaid Sim Card.

Anti-Theft Bag

Not just any bag. You want to be less concerned about someone stealing the contents of your bag using a knife, so use an anti-theft bag. These bags usually have a cut-proof lining and are equipped to block RFID to stop even tech-savvy thieves from taking your information. Travelon and PacSafe are two brands popular for their light yet sturdy bags.

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Non-Network-Locked Smartphone

You need a phone wherever you go; that much is obvious. Roaming is much better these days but it is still pricey. The trick is to bring your smartphone, but make sure it is not locked to work only with your network-provided SIM. If you are travelling to London, for example, buy a UK SIM card even before leaving Australia. That’s one less thing to worry about once you get there. Almost any GSM phone would do, even your mum’s clamshell Motorola, but a good smartphone at least takes the place of a camera and lets you do more things like use maps, post to social media, check your email, etc.

Pen and Paper

A travel notebook (size depends on what you can carry in your pocket or bag) and a regular pen will come in handy when taking down directions, drawing a simple map, listing establishments, names and phone numbers, train and bus stations and many other uses. In a non-English speaking country, have a local (like a hotel clerk) write down basic sentences like ‘What is this town?’, ‘I need help’, ‘Point me to the bus station’, etc., in their local language. In case you do need to ask a local, your notebook is a lifesaver.

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Travelling to a country or city other than your own is always a great experience. Don’t let your journey get ruined by a lack of readiness.