Teen Travel Safety Tips

For teens, traveling after high schools an excellent way to experience the real world before making important decisions about college. Some will choose volunteer travel, while others may choose special student travel programs that can look good on a college application. Stepping out into the world carries some risks, so be sure to follow these teen travel safety tips.

Always Carry a Cell Phone
Carrying a cell phone in case of an emergency is always a good idea. This is particularly important if a teen and his/her friends will be traveling in a backwoods area for hiking or camping. If someone is injured or otherwise incapacitated, one of the others can call for help. Cell phones, though they are often overused in today’s world, can be lifesavers in certain situations.

Avoid Harmful Substances
If the teenagers are students who are headed to the clubs to have fun with friends, they should avoid alcohol and drugs. Taking in these substances can make people unaware of their physical surroundings. It may also cause them to become uninhibited with their behavior. Dimly lit alleys in strange towns and cities should be avoided. Likewise, getting behind the wheel of a car or truck while under the influence is unacceptable, and can only lead to harm.

Pack Wisely
For teens leaving the country and going overseas on a school trip, all aspects of their travel arrangements should be made well ahead of time. This will usually involve securing a passport, building up a decent bank account, and triple checking that all essentials have been neatly packed in a durable suitcase. Adhering to a strict travel itinerary and calling home to touch base with parents is important. Both mom and dad will want to know that everything is going ok.If they can help it, they should avoid taking personal mementos or other objects that carry significant value, especially if they are items that are sentimental and close to the heart. For example, wearing a loved one’s jewelry while out at the bars or clubs is not generally a good idea. These kinds of things can be easily lost when out on the town. It is better to keep them somewhere safe or not bring them along at all.

Stick Together
If teenagers are traveling as a group and staying at a hotel, they should keep track of each other’s whereabouts. Doing a quick head-count at the beginning of each day is one way to be responsible. If someone turns out to be missing and the circumstances surrounding the disappearance are a bit suspicious, the local authorities should be contacted. The police and fire departments will likely be happy to assist when something goes wrong.Ultimately, for teens to stay safe when they are traveling by themselves, they should follow the tips mentioned above. If they use common sense and stick together when in places that they are not familiar with, they will likely have a safe and enjoyable time. They'll also come back with a lifetime of memories.

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12 Respones to "Teen Travel Safety Tips"

Jonha (@jonharules) said...

What if there's no signal? hehe Seriously, thanks for putting this together as I think most people often neglect those safety tips. Good one!

October 14, 2011 at 4:53 AM
Herbert said...

I think it's only a rare case if a place has a weak spot. Probably most places now have access to cellular signal.

October 14, 2011 at 9:27 AM
Darren said...

Good tips, especially the part about sticking together. There's strength in numbers.

October 14, 2011 at 10:08 AM
Herbert said...

Precisely, sticking together is a good way to keep people within the group to be safe

October 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Isaac Johnson said...

Yup, too many kids get themselves in trouble when traveling without taking precautions, good list!

October 14, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Herbert said...

Hi Isaac, yeah most kids nowadays always gets in trouble.. Thanks for droppin by :)

October 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM
thepinaysolobackpacker said...

nice guest post! interesting read! this is pretty helpful for teen travelers out there. i meet a lot of them during my out of SEA trips and at 1st i was surprised to learn how young they are and they can affraid to travel by themselves.

October 15, 2011 at 3:46 AM
Zen said...

Nice tips. Especially, I like the first and second one. Cellphones are indeed important means of communication. and two, do not drink many different substances if you're in a far away trip.. :)

October 15, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Herbert said...

@Zen: I couldnt agree more :), You are truly right :)

October 16, 2011 at 8:53 AM
Tiffany said...

I think these tips are not only good for teens. They can be useful for adults too. I suggest that travelers make sure their cellphones are fully charged. There are just times when we don't have time to charge them on our destination.

October 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM
Herbert said...

@Tiffany: I couldn't agree more..

October 26, 2011 at 6:09 PM
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For teens, travelling after high schools an excellent way to experience the real world before making important decisions about college, but be sure to follow these teen travel safety tips.

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