Travelling to a Warzone is always going to bring with it risks to your personal health & safety and can certainly be a step in to the unknown, not always knowing if your place of residence will be consistent or well equipped.
Depending on the context of where and why you are going, things like bulletproof vests and helmets may jump to mind, as well as anything specific to the job that you're doing out there - for example camera or audio recording equipment. Most importantly you should do a risk assessment before you travel as it may be too late when you are there.
Nonetheless, there are certain essentials that it may be easy to overlook when packing for a warzone that are cheap and easy to get hold of before you leave, and could make a huge impact on your time out there. High Risk Voyager Travel Insurance has compiled a list of 6 essentials to help you prepare!
Eye drops could be extremely useful when travelling to a warzone. Many warzones across the world are in dusty and desert landscapes, and you're guaranteed to get dust and dirt in your eyes which could be extremely uncomfortable and unsanitary. They could also provide relief if you were to come into contact with tear gas, allowing you to clear your eyes without touching them with your hands.
Wet Wipes are a must have to keep yourself clean and sanitary, helping to avoid you getting sick. Be it for day to day hygiene, sanitising equipment, or cleaning minor wounds, wet wipes can be your best friend, as ingesting germs could cause you to become very unwell, and you may not have access to high quality health care or medicines when in the warzone.
As we all know, swiss army knives are diverse, useful and small! This could help you in innumerable circumstances, least of all opening tinned food reserves without hitch. Also they're so small that it can be with you at all times and completely undetectable to passer-by's, thus not making you look more like a threat. Remember not to carry it in your hand luggage when travelling or it'll be confiscated by the airline!
In terms of clothing the key is layers! Even hot desert areas can get very cold at night, and multiple thin layers ensure that you can wear the appropriate amount regardless of the time of day or if your accommodation is warm or cold or not equipped with many suitable blankets etc.
This could literally save your life. We all know we need water to survive, but in many countries across the globe, let alone warzones, there isn't access to clean running water. Water purifying tablets or properly filtering water bottles/ straws can mean that regardless of the water source, you are eradicating potentially dangerous bacteria. This will go far in keeping you from becoming dangerously unwell or dehydrated regardless of what water you have access to.
It goes without saying that a torch will always be a useful accessory to carry anywhere, especially places that will likely have unpredictable energy supplies and routines. A torch means you can be ready to be on the move at any time of the night and still see your feet in front of you! A recharging torch could be better still, either by solar power or by movement, as this ensures that you're not reliant on carrying batteries around with you to have access to light.
Before you head on that trip to help those in need, one of the most important things to remember is to book your travel insurance and make sure it is fit for purpose.
High Risk Voyager Travel Insurance includes access to downloadable pre-travel country information fact sheets to help you stay informed and plan ahead.
Be prepared and get protected with High Risk Voyager's Travel Insurance, suitable even for travelling to warzones. One of the smartest and best ways to protect yourself overseas is to make-sure you have good, high quality travel insurance.
This article is for information and entertainment purposes only. It does not constitute advice in any way. The information provided here is correct at the time of writing however please check the latest policy wording for the latest terms, conditions and exclusions.
For up to a maximum of 365* days cover:
Can include of up to 31 days of Leisure cover.
For up to a maximum of 31* days cover:
For Leisure trips ONLY, no War Cover is provided under this policy.
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