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What to Consider When Traveling Somewhere Remote
Guest post by Jordan McDowell
Traveling the off-beaten path is fun and exciting, but if you’re going to visit remote areas, you’re going to need a concrete travel plan. Whether you’re planning to visit remote villages, take a motorcycle road trip across the picturesque countryside of Northern Europe, or go for an African Safari, proper planning and preparations are vital to ensuring your own safety.
When visiting remote areas, you’re likely to face challenges like unpredictable weather, poor road conditions, lack of electricity, and even communication challenges. Here are considerations to make when traveling to a remote destination:
Prepare and Plan in Advance
Research about the remote destination that you want to visit. Find out about accessibility, weather conditions, road conditions, travel requirements or restrictions for visitors, and other details. Every small detail matters. Get to know about the health, security, and safety precautions you should take when visiting the remote area.
Doing your research in advance will help you plan and pack better. If possible, read as many reviews as you can get about the remote destination. The information you get will help you make more informed travel decisions that will ensure your safety.
Carry the Right Supplies
When traveling to a remote destination, you’ll likely have no access to the regular facilities and amenities you enjoy at home. Bring your own personal supplies with you. Whether you’re traveling to remote mountain roads on a cruiser or adventure motorcycle or heading to remote attractions on an off-road vehicle, you need to carry with you these basics:
- Basic medications
- Extra bottled water
- Non perishable foods
- Personal security products such as an anti-theft backpack
- First aid kit
- Emergency blanket
- Area map of the remote destination
- Extra clothes & cash
- Camping gear if needed
In addition to these supplies, you can also get a hidden undercover pouch or a money belt to keep your money safe. If you’re traveling on a motorcycle, you can get custom luggage gear, such as a touring rack bag to keep all your things organized and safe. Also, keep in mind that comfort is critical when riding on a motorcycle. Ensure a better ride by carrying only what matters most.
Consult a Local Traveling Agency
If you’re traveling to a remote destination the first time, it’s wise to consult a reputable local travel agency. They can provide the right information and organize safe accommodation. In case you have special needs, communicate with them early to avoid disappointments. Compare your options too to ensure affordability.
Find out about the laws of the country you’re traveling to, the cultural norms of the remote areas, access to medical services in case anything happens, and how to get help if needed.
Communication is a Priority
One of the most important traveling tips when traveling abroad is to ensure that communication is possible. Find out about the network coverage in the remote area or what devices will work in the area. A satellite phone can be a great asset. Also, share your travel itinerary with a family member or friend, and local authorities so they can be aware of where you’re going and when you plan to be back. Get travel insurance too, if you can.
Traveling to remote areas is an adventure in its own right. It comes with challenges but little extras and memories that last. From Antarctica, Tahiti, Gwalia in Western Australia, Alta in Norway to Galapagos islands, there are so many remote destinations that you can visit and enjoy exploring. We hope this article will spark some insight into the best practices for remaining safe throughout your journey.
Jordan works for West End Motorsports, a leading supplier of aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories. West End Motorsports offer the best brands for several types of bikes, including models from BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, and Victory.