More often than not, I find myself traveling alone. That means walking back to my hotel at night, alone. Exploring streets and navigating my way through back alleys in unfamiliar cities, alone. Carrying expensive cameras that make me a target, alone.
And while I find that exhilarating, there are times when I do think to myself – maybe I should text someone so that they know where I am. You know, just in case.
And while I try not to think about all of the “just in case” scenarios, it’s a reality that I should consider more often. And while I do take precautions, and consider myself a very aware traveler, you can’t control everything and situations do happen.
So, before I set off on my summer adventures, alone, I thought I’d look into the coolest wearable safety tech on the market right now. Here are some of the best options that I found, and what I’m considering traveling with this summer. And you should be too.
A little bit bigger in size, the Occly not only acts as a personal alarm, it also starts taking images from the moment it's turned on using not one, but four cameras, and begins recording audio as well once the alarm is activated. When the panic button is pressed, a 24-hour Occly emergency response center is contacted and sent the audio and images in real-time (including images from 10 seconds before the device was activated). The Occly emergency team then contacts the proper authorities, ensuring that help is on the way quickly. There is a monthly fee for this service, which will cost you $9.95 a month. If $9.95 a month doesn't appeal to you and you'd rather go the free route, you also have the option to not have the emergency team on call, and can use the text-a-friend emergency functionality at no extra monthly cost instead.