Asia is full of adventure. I’ve climbed the Great Wall of China, Wudang shan Mountains, Hua shan Mountains, and Tiger Leaping Gorge. I’ve driven motorbikes for sometimes several days in China, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. I got my scuba-diving Open Water certificate in Malaysia. I’ve done a lot and each time, I learned more on staying safe while doing these activities.
Pack the boots
I got ridiculed in the comments when I put boots as something I was going to bring my trip while claiming I’m a minimalist. What I missed to mention was the amount of hiking I was going to do on my travels. If I had done all that hiking with just my sneakers, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. It made the hiking so much easier. I brought them to the Great Wall of China and Tiger Leaping Gorge. When I was done, I shipped them back home. They were a bit of a pain to travel with.
Prepare for any weather
I hate rain. It always seems to come when I have something big planned. Bring a rain coat! Even if you think it’ll be hot for your entire trip, bring at least one sweater or sweatshirt. It could get cold at night. Keep in mind of the altitude you’re traveling to as well. I had no idea Wudang Shan in China was going to be so rough because of the altitude.
Research before climbing
When I climbed Huashan mountain, I went very unprepared. It rained the entire time, we had no map, and had no idea if we were going to be able to find accommodation on the top. If we had just done a few searches online and asked people at the hostel, we would have been better prepared. Luckily there was accommodation on the top but it was freezing cold, paid too much money, and the room was horrible.
Get travel insurance
I was in Thailand when I ended up in the hospital because the sun dehydrated me. The cost of the bill was over $300. I was on a small island and costs soared because of that. If I had sports travel insurance, I would have been okay. Could have used it in Singapore as well. I was scuba-diving several days in a row and I somehow managed to get an ear infection from it. I would have saved money if I had travel insurance.
A good day pack
I like traveling with a small lightweight day pack. It usually includes a snack, water bottle, sunscreen (when I remember), map, business card of the hostel or hotel, and a few other random items. I can’t imagine trying to put all of that in my pocket. It’s convenient and easy to travel around with in matter what I’m doing that day.
One of the worst sunburns I’ve had in the last three years was in Luang Prabang, Laos. I was simply walking around town for about an hour. Apparently that was long enough to completely burn me. I turned into a lobster. Always carry and put on sunscreen. I need to take on my own advice.
After I was sunburned, I started to dehydrated. I know this because I ended up in the hospital in Luang Prabang. My blood sugar level were far too low. Luckily the only english speaking doctor at the hospital was there that day and took care of me. Her advice for me was to drink more cocoanut. I love cocoanut so it was a pretty good excuse to overdue it.
How do you stay safe on a adventure travel trip in Asia?