Lindsey Patterson en self-defense, traveling 19/5/2016 · 2 min de lectura · +500

A Traveler's Guide to Being Prepared to Defend Your Self

Traveling is spontaneous, educational and rewarding, but if you aren't careful, it can be dangerous, too – particularly in the United States. While many countries have a reputation for danger, that idea is often overblown by the media. The strict gun laws in most countries prevent a lot of violent crime, provided travelers avoid war zones and similar areas. However, the United States has open gun laws, and as a result, the weapons are used much more often in petty robberies and assaults. Some cities in the United States have even garnered a reputation for their levels of danger; East St. Louis, for instance. However, much of this danger can be avoided and mitigated if the traveler is prepared.

The Great American Road Trip is one of the most popular forms of travel within the country, and the fact that it is undertaken with a car enables the traveler to carry the supplies they need to be prepared. Aside from luggage, a section of the trunk should be set aside to carry certain items such as a spare tire, jumper cables, road cones, spare fuel, and nonperishable food items. While it might seem like more than is necessary, preparedness is everything.

While your car and the aforementioned items serve as a source of transportation and safety, keeping your car properly defended is another priority worth your attention. If you are traveling, you are a target, especially in international countries. It's important that your car is properly insured so that if anything is to happen to you or the belongings inside, they are safe. 

The nonperishable food means that even if you are stranded alongside the road away from any city, you'll have plenty to eat until help arrives. The fuel will enable you to go longer distances, into areas where gas stations are sparse. The spare tire is self-explanatory; many roads in the United States aren't as well developed as in other areas, and flat tires are common. Jumper cables will help to get your engine going should the battery die, and the road cones enable you to clearly designate your car while you're stopped, so other motorists can clearly see you.

Other items you should be sure to carry on you include a gun for self-defense, your passport, mace, ammunition, and any important documents you may need. However, before using a gun, make sure to be aware of the relevant carry laws in the states you'll be visiting, and make sure that your permit is valid there. Should you travel by plane, you can still carry a gun with you for self-defense, but it is easier to transport certain types of guns through airport security than it is others. The TSA has a set of regulations you can find online, but as a rule, a 9mm and 9mm ammo are easier to fly with than other types of weapons. Of course, all guns must be disassembled and placed into checked baggage in order to make it onto the plane. 

Before departing, make sure you're aware of the risk of your destination. A city like Oakland, St. Louis, or Detroit might not be the best travel destination simply because of how risky a visit there can be. However, should you ever need to go on business, make sure you have your information and preferred method of self-defense with you.

Since gun laws are not universal, many countries in the world, Taiwan for instance, simply do not allow guns, so if you plan to travel internationally, it is important to make sure what is and is not allowed. Travel doesn't have to be scary or complicated, and if a traveler is prepared for any situation that might develop, then it rarely is. With a few simple checks beforehand and a checklist to make sure you aren't forgetting anything combined with a good dose of common sense, most anywhere in the world can be visited for business or just simple sight-seeing.

Dean Owen 20/5/2016 · #3

Reminds me of a great book, The Bonfire of the Vanities - wrong turn, end up in the South Bronx.

Brian McKenzie 20/5/2016 · #2

In America, I never left the house without a gun. I have had a personal conceal carry since 18 for a SP101 Ruger .38/.357 It's a hammerless 5 shot revolver, for close and personal protection. For home defense and vehicle protection - i like the Shotgun. There is no substitute for a baseball sized hole it a target to stop a threat. Òverseas, i can get an Ak-47 for 5- 10 dollars and a 9mm handgun is easy enough to win in cards. I may or may not have several of those on or near my person at the very moment.

Javier 🐝 beBee 19/5/2016 · #1

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