Plan for Safety Before Your Depart

Many of the trips we offer require good physical condition. Be sure to check the details well in advance of your departure to see what we recommend for each particular trip. In addition, it's also good to follow these simple guidelines before you leave to ensure your safety.

 
Get a Physical Checkup

Unless you regularly engage in physical activity, a visit to your doctor for a checkup can ensure that you are healthy enough to travel abroad. Be sure to discuss the specific activities of your trip, such as backpacking, climbing, ziplining, or high altitudes so you can get the best medical advice.

 
Train Physically for your Trip

Good strength and physical fitness that matches your adventure will help you overcome whatever comes your way. Make sure you understand the physical demands of any trip you are planning to take, and that you are in right shape to undertake the demands of your trip. We recommend some level of training so that you have the confidence to fully enjoy your adventure. Each trip offered by Backwoods Adventures is rated with a Fitness Level, so be sure you understand the demands before your departure.

 
Get the Appropriate Vaccines

Quite a few international destinations require vaccinations before your arrival. You can check with the CDC to learn about the immunizations you need before you go.

 
Leave an Itinerary with Family/Friends

Make sure those close to you know when and where you are going. The best way is to email the full itinerary to a few family members. Tell them where you are going, what your general plans are, and when you should be back.

 
Write Down an Emergency Contact

In an emergency situation you might not have time to thing straight or search for local police or ambulance services. Create an "emergency plan" document with the information and store it in a safe place.

 
Get Travel Insurance

Travel Protection plans are available and recommended. For more information or to enroll, please visit our partners at Travelex here.

 
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