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Tips for Sleeping in Public Places

by Benjamin Kerns

Jan 17, 2019

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Tips / Travel

A growing trend in travel is to save as much money as possible in accommodations. Some travelers take this to the extreme by eschewing hotels and hostels entirely. Instead, they choose to spend the night in public places. If you’re opting to sleep outdoors or in a train station terminal, keep these tips in mind.


Keep Your Belongings Close

When sleeping in public you have to protect your stuff. Simply leaving it lying around is a great way to have it stolen. Instead, lock it all together and lie on top of it. Use your backpack as a pillow and put your arms through the straps. This way you’ll wake up if someone tries to grab it.


Choose 24/7 Spaces

Never settle down for the night in an abandoned area. You’ll leave yourself vulnerable to thieves or even worse. Instead, sleep someplace where there are numerous people around and employees on duty. Let them know you’re going to rest for a bit and they’ll likely keep an eye out.


Know the Law

Loitering is a crime in many places around the world, as is sleeping in public. Be sure to study up on the law wherever you’re traveling. Otherwise, you could end up in jail.


Opt for Buses

Sleeper buses are one of the best ideas ever invented. These nifty modes of transportation allow you to get from one city to another safely while you sleep. Best of all, they’re cheap! If you’re trying to save money, this is the best route to go as it kills two birds with one stone.


Use an Alarm

To keep yourself safe, it’s best to have an alarm on hand. There are plenty of portable alarms that let off a loud noise when activated. If you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself being harassed by a stranger, an alarm could save your life by making them run away.



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