Far away in foreign climes

When travelling of course you should have an enjoyable time but in far away foreign climes you should also exercise more care than you do at home. Himalayan Footsteps recognises that there is a need to ensure the safety of our customers who travel with us on our holidays abroad, hence the introduction of our Safety Matters programme facilitated by our consultants Tranquilico.

Extra care when away

Part of the enjoyment of travelling abroad is experiencing a different way of life and cultures but it may also mean experiencing different safety standards than those you could be used to, we will do our best to ensure that your trip is safe and trouble free, however we do ask that you take that little bit of extra care whilst you are away.

Raise awareness

We hope to raise awareness and reduce the risk of accidents and illness abroad.

Flight Safety

Do not place flammable liquids, lighters, matches, gasses or aerosols in your suitcase.
Always carry medication in your hand luggage.
Keep your passport safe and have a photocopy with you just in case.
Pay attention and follow any in flight safety information.
To avoid DVT, drink plenty of water and follow simple exercises or occasionally move around the cabin.

Transport Safety

In vehicles always wear a seat belt if one is provided.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that vehicles will be fitted with seat belts.
Remain seated on board at all times when the vehicle is in motion.
In vehicles never place luggage in the aisles or footwells.
Ensure you know where your nearest Emergency exit is.
Check the location of the fire extinguisher, first aid kit and break glass hammer.
Follow any safety instructions provided by your driver/guide/local representative.

Road Safety

Traffic in many countries travels on the opposite side of the road to what you are used to, therefore ensure you look both ways before crossing the road.
In many countries vehicles do not automatically stop at crossings.
Often paving can be uneven and loose with high kerbs. Please take more care whilst walking around cities and tourist areas.
Crash Helmets are often not provided with mopeds and motorbikes – we do not recommend you hire these vehicles.

Fire Safety

Ensure you know where your nearest fire exit is.
Check the location of the nearest fire extinguisher.
Study the fire instructions in your room.
Identify how to raise the alarm if a fire occurs.
Do not smoke in bed.
If a fire occurs, leave immediately; do not stop to collect your effects.
Proceed to an assembly point well away from the building.

Glass Safety

Glass doors and windows may not be toughened glass.
Take care in bright sunlight, it may not be obvious doors/windows are closed.
Check to see if anti-collision stickers are in place at both adult & child height

Balcony Safety

Never lean over, sit or climb on the balcony.
Do not climb or stand on balcony furniture.
Keep all balcony furniture away from the wall/railings.
Balconies and alcohol do not mix.

Pool Safety

Familiarise yourself with any pool and its layout, deep and shallow ends.
Make note of the depth markings and any hazards.
Most pools do not have life guards, so please take care.
Shower before entering the pool.
Do not swim, if suffering from an upset stomach.
Observe pool rules and information signs at all times.
Do not swim at night, even if it is lighted.
Do not swim immediately after a meal or when drinking alcohol.
Pool surrounds can be slippery, don’t run around them.
Observe No Diving signs at all times.
Never jump or dive from raised pool features.
In the event of an emergency ensure you know how to raise help.

Food Safety

In order to avoid the possibility of stomach upsets make sure your food has been thoroughly cooked.
You should only drink bottled/filtered/boiled water and ensure the seal is intact when purchasing.
Use bottled/filtered/boiled water for brushing your teeth, unless advised otherwise.
Avoid ice in drinks as this can cause upset stomachs in hot climates.
Avoid purchasing food from street vendors, we cannot vouch for the health and safety of the food and drinks they provide.

Personal Safety

Avoid walking in poorly lit areas.
Be aware, stay away from situations where you do not feel comfortable.
Avoid carrying too much money and/or valuables.
Use of a money belt is encouraged at all times.
Ensure your room is left secure when you go out.
Place all valuables in a safety deposit box, where available or with reception(use of these are often a condition of your insurance policy).
Never leave windows or balcony doors open.
Ensure your main luggage can be locked when left unattended in rooms, carriages, luggage rooms etc.
Do not take any valuable jewellery with you.
Please listen to any country specific advice from your local representative.

Sun Care

Ensure you have adequate protection for your type of skin, high factor sunscreens should be utilised initially.
Re-apply sunscreen frequently.
Stay out of the sun during the hottest time of the day.
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
At the first sign of burning, cover up and get out of the sun.
Carry a sunhat, sunglasses and lip salve.
Beware, you can still burn, dehydrate and get sunstroke in the shade or in the water.

Altitude Sickness

High altitudes on some of our holidays can affect customers.
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can affect people at altitudes above 3000m.
Symptoms include, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, breathlessness or headache.
They usually develop in the first 36 hrs and not immediately on arrival.
The symptoms can affect people of all ages & level of fitness.
Symptoms will usually subside on their own after 24/48hrs, if they persist you should consult a doctor.
Drink lots of water and/or non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated drinks.
Avoid any exertion over 3000m.

Insurance

Ensure you have appropriate insurance for your destination and that it covers any activity you intend to undertake.
Check when participating in any activities that they have public liability insurance and have good safety standards.
Any accident or injury should be reported immediately to ourselves.

Foreign Office advice

We recommend you check the latest Foreign Office advice for the country you are travelling to prior to departure. www.fco.gov.uk
Check out the Know Before You Go programme on the FCO website
We will advise you of any significant changes in advice before travel or whilst you are on holiday.

Travel Health advice

We recommend you check out any specific health advice for the country you are travelling to either via your doctor or the following website: www.masta.org

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