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Raptim Humanitarian Travel Tips: How to safely travel in remote areas

When you’re traveling to remote locations to help vulnerable people, it is important to plan your trip properly. That one item you’ll leave behind, or that one situation you don’t prepare for, is inevitably what you’ll need most in an emergency. That’s why we’re providing you with humanitarian travel tips on how to travel safely in remote areas.


Tips on how to safely travel in remote areas

No matter how remote the area you’re traveling to, you know there are certain risks you’ll have to navigate. Whether it is a remote village you visit in Kenya, a crisis-hit community in Venezuela or scaling a peak in Nepal to help people there, it’s important to be prepared for any emergency.  Lack of electricity, poor road conditions and extreme weather conditions are just some of the challenges that you might face far away from home.

The first step is to make sure Duty of Care of your organization is well taken care of. Your NGO should always be aware of your itinerary, where you are going, and approximately when you will be back.

Another thing that is important to know before hand is what kind of telecommunications device is going to work in your destination.  Will a cell phone work, or will you need a device like a mobile satellite phone?

Do your homework by researching your destination thoroughly and find out what health, safety and security precautions to take for the destination you are traveling to. Also, make sure you understand the (local) laws, culture, and customs of the places you will be staying in.

For humanitarians, it’s crucial always to be prepared for any possible emergency.  Before setting out for a day, a week or even longer in a remote area certain items are important to take with you. For instance, bottled water. Or, if necessary, pack water purification tablets. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the best way to get safe drinking water is to boil it first. Also bring foods that don't need refrigeration or cooking, such as dried fruit, granola bars, trail mix, or beef jerky. A first aid kit is always essential, as well as a flashlight and an area map. Bring a compass, Global Positioning System (GPS), or an emergency-position-indicating radio beacon, to be aware of your whereabouts. However, it’s important to note that neither a compass nor GPS are a 100 percent reliable all of the time. Before you depart and while you’re away, check weather forecasts and change your plans or delay the trip when the situation warrants it.  Get informed about road safety in other countries by visiting the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT).

The travel tips mentioned above can prove to be helpful when you're undertaking humanitarian travel. We believe our world is a better place when your compassion can travel where it is needed most, and we are glad to help you with every step of the way. Follow our blog for more Raptim Humanitarian Travel Tips.

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