It’s the holiday season, so naturally, many of us will be going on holiday and vacationing in different locations. We’ll all be leaving our safe homes to go experience different places as a way to enjoy our ourselves this festive season, but we have to remember to do this responsibly and keep ourselves safe at all times, especially during this pandemic. We can start by packing a few safety essentials. Here are some of them.

Insect repellent

Kind of obvious, we know, but this can come really handy if you’re going to be out in nature. While most insects are harmless, some may carry diseases or be poisonous, which is why it’s important to keep yourself safe and healthy by using insect repellent.


Masks have become one of our most important items of clothing- we can’t go anywhere without them. So even though you may have one on, you’re going to need to pack a few extras if you’re planning to be on holiday for a while. It’s fun to switch them up to match your outfits, and most importantly, these will keep you safe from COVID-19 since this a global pandemic. Don’t forget your sanitiser too.

Pepper spray

One spray to your perpetrator’s eyes blinds them just for a moment, giving you time to try and make a run for it. This may not be as easy as it sounds, but it’s one way to protect yourself when you’re in danger. Luckily pepper sprays are affordable and can cost as little as R100. Plus, you can find them at self-defence stores, or even your normal retail stores like Checkers. We know it’s not great to live in a world where we’ve got to think about these things, but since we have to take precaution, it’s best to get yourself one of these.

A first-aid kit

This is a really important part of your travel bag, whether you suffer from a chromic illness or not. If you’ll be out and about a whole lot, it would be great to pack some medication or some of your concoction ingredients (depending on where you’re going) to make sure that your trip isn’t cut short- especially if you’ll be travelling with other people.

A power bank

You’re going to want to take your cellphone everywhere with you, especially for pictures you may want to post on the gram, but more than that, it’s always great for the people you’re with to know where you are at all times. So to avoid your cellphone battery dying on you while you’re out in the middle of nowhere, make sure you always have a fully charged power bank (a portable phone charger) with you.

Do extensive research about your holiday destination so you know exactly what it is you need to pack. Remember that these are meant to keep you safe so use them responsibly to enjoy your holiday. If you can think of other safety essentials, let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Happy travelling!

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