Author Jo Patti, who has travelled to places including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Egypt and Iraq, gives her best tips for preparing to travel off the beaten track, and outside your comfort zone.

My life and work require me to do "extreme travel". Like "extreme sports", this is not for everyone. However, if you are going to travel to places most people would not go, there are some strategies and gear you can pre-prepare which will help you be better equipped in risky areas.

I have learned from first-hand experience it is better to be "over packed" for journeys to danger