2. Be sure to tell someone back home your plans
Before you leave on your trip, always tell a family member or someone else you trust what your plans are. Tell them where you are going, who you are going with and what time you will be returning. If you happen to change your plans, be sure to call that person and let them know. This will give you the peace of mind of knowing that should you get stranded or run into another unexpected situation, your contact back home will make sure that help is on the way.