Pepper spray is one of the best forms of self protection when traveling. However, it’s not always legal depending on the country you’re in and it gets a bit messy when used. Here are some alternatives to help keep you safe.
A stun gun is legal in nearly every state in the United States, and quite a few countries. The regulations regarding traveling with them are strict, but not impassable. Few methods of self-defense are as effective as a stun gun without being fatal. Check the local laws of where you’re going before packing one, though.
If you have a bit of hand-to-hand combat experience, tactical gloves can be useful. They’re essentially just gloves with hard knuckles. They’re quite literally a way to pack a punch and can save you in a pinch. Even if you don’t have much fighting knowledge, they can still aid you in a hairy situation.
There are also a variety of tactical pens designed for safety. They often include glass-breaking tools, bright LED lights and impact edges that can do enough damage to convince an attacker to back off. They’re also great for when you find yourself trapped in a locked car with seemingly no way out.
Flashlights can also be a great tool for self-defense. Opt for something that shines extremely bright in the dark. Shine it into a potential attacker’s eyes to allow yourself a chance to escape. If all else fails, knock ‘em over the head with it and run.
Personal alarms are the perfect tool for anyone who isn’t able to take a stand during a confrontation. They set off a loud signal that you’re in danger, alerting anyone around that could help. They’re also cheap, and small enough to fit in your pocket.
Remember it’s rarely a good idea to engage a robber or attacker in a physical fight. Your best option is usually to yell for help and run. If they’re after your money, it might be safer to hand it over and cut your losses than risk an altercation.
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Netflix has always been stingy when it comes to content. License agreements prevent it from showing its entire catalogue here in the United States. That just means you get new options when you travel overseas. Check out these great shows next time you’re out of the country.
People need a “chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air.” This is a sentiment we all likely share, as does the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The EC included that phrase when it released its plan to help reopen Europe following the COVID-19 global pandemic. While most EU borders remain closed to international travel until at least mid-June, the EC’s plan starts with inter-Europe travel, and are non-binding recommendations and guidelines. European countries still have the final decision, so travelers are advised to check the restrictions of the countries they plan to visit. According to the EC, “blanket restrictions of free movement are replaced by targeted measures.”
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