We live in a world of convenience. Even third-world countries are beginning to become just as developed as countries that have been developed for decades.
This trend has breathed new life into third-world countries that very few have wanted to visit for a very long time.
Despite all of this, it is still important to learn survival techniques in case some of these conveniences are not present.
This is especially true when traveling abroad, where the infrastructure that produces these conveniences may not be as consistent as they would be in a developed country.
Here are some key survival techniques that can help you stay safe abroad.
Self-defense skills and techniques
The concept of self-defense has not changed much over time. However, there are many more resources in self-defense than ever before.
Additionally, the possibility of being attacked is present no matter what country you are visiting. Even the highest developed countries contain the threat of attackers, so learning self-defense is relevant no matter what.
Whether it is knowing certain martial arts, hiding things that are wearing that might have a lot of value, or carrying a weapon, self-defense is important when traveling and always has been.
Knowing the difference between needs and conveniences
There is a clear disconnect when it comes to survival and living that will also help you stay safe abroad.
Survival revolves around needs. Living revolves around conveniences.
Air, shelter, water, food, and security are all necessary for survival. These are needs. If these needs are not met or are compromised in some way when you travel, you should find a way to satisfy it immediately.
For example, say you are visiting a third-world country. Something happened to the water supply at the hotel you are staying at, meaning you will not have access to water for a while. If this happens, the very first thing you should do is look for water.
Conveniences just make life a little easier, but can also provide us with a sense of security. A smartphone is a great example of this. For example, if you have no cash or money but do have your phone, it is possible to order food using your smartphone using money from a banking app, your credit card, or your debit card.
Knowing the differences between needs, conveniences, and how they are related will help you feel safe abroad.
Bug out bags
If you are intending on backpacking or camping while traveling abroad, a bug out bag is absolutely necessary.
Different than “regular” backpacks, bug out bags are designed specifically for traveling. It is possible to put anything you need to survive in these bags and it is easier to get things out of these bags.
Bug out bags have been used for a very long time. They were originally used in the military, where soldiers were equipped with them when fighting. Their bug out bags contained enough food and water to last them days if they were stranded.
If you are traveling abroad, you should get a bug out bag and do the same.
Staying safe abroad does not need to be a complicated task. All it really takes is a little bit of preparation and information.
The conveniences that are all around us can convince us to think that we do not need to think about survival. But things can go wrong, especially in countries that are just beginning to catch up to the rest of the world when it comes to development.
It is for that reason that you should be aware of some of the most basic survival skills and concepts when traveling abroad.