Essential Safety Apps for Travelers in Europe

Traveling through Europe is a dream for many, but safety should always be a priority. Having the right safety apps on your phone can make your journey smoother and more secure.

I can not imagine myself surviving in Europe without Google Maps and Translator but these are some of the basic ones you need.

Here’s a list of must-have apps, accompanied by personal experiences, to help you navigate Europe safely.

Essential Safety Apps for Travelers in Europe

1. Google Maps

Google Maps is indispensable for any traveler. It not only helps you find your way but also shows you the safest routes. During my trip to Barcelona, this app was a lifesaver when navigating unfamiliar streets late at night.

One thing that I always do during my trip is to share my live location with my family members at home so that they can always check where I am if there is a need.

2. WhatsApp

WhatsApp is essential for staying in touch with friends and family. The app offers end-to-end encryption, ensuring your conversations are secure.

Unless you are visiting Dubai you are all covered with free calls and video calls to your loved ones at home. There is no such country in Europe that has blocked WhatsApp.

3. Prey Anti-Theft

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Losing your phone can be a nightmare, especially abroad. Prey Anti-Theft helps you track and recover your device. When my phone was stolen in Paris, this app enabled me to locate it and even capture a photo of the thief.

Now Find My iPhone is also a feature which is already there on your iPhone but it doesn’t capture the photo of the people who has taken your phone.

4. TripWhistle Global SOS

TripWhistle Global SOS provides emergency numbers for police, fire, and medical services in over 200 countries. This app is particularly useful in emergencies when you might not know the local emergency number.

During my time in Prague, having this app readily available provided me with a sense of reassurance and security knowing that help was just a tap away.

5. bSafe

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Safety is crucial, especially when traveling alone. bSafe offers features like live GPS tracking and an SOS button that alerts your chosen contacts immediately.

While solo hiking in the Swiss Alps, I used bSafe to keep my friends updated on my location.


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Offline maps can be a lifesaver when you don’t have internet access. MAPS.ME allows you to download maps and navigate offline. During a road trip through the Italian countryside, this app helped me find my way without relying on spotty mobile coverage.

The best usage is for people who are traveling to Switzerland and have the Sim from Germany because most of the network providers doesn’t work in Switzerland ( at least in my case it doesn’t work) so is lifesaver there.

7. Instant Aid First Aid App

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Knowing basic first aid can be a lifesaver. The Instant Aid First Aid App app provides step-by-step instructions for various medical emergencies.

When a fellow traveler sprained their ankle in Amsterdam, this app guided us through the necessary first aid steps until we reached a hospital.

8. ICE – In Case of Emergency

ICE – In Case of Emergency stores all your essential medical information and emergency contacts. This app is invaluable if you have any pre-existing conditions or allergies. On a trip to Berlin, knowing that my medical information was easily accessible gave me peace of mind.

9. Smart Traveler by U.S. Department of State

For American travelers, the Smart Traveler app offers travel advisories and alerts issued by the U.S. Department of State. While planning my journey through Eastern Europe, this app kept me informed about any potential safety issues.

10. Flush – Toilet Finder

Finding clean restrooms can sometimes be challenging while traveling. Flush – Toilet Finder helps you locate the nearest public toilets quickly. This app was particularly useful during my long walks around Rome.

11. XE Currency

Managing your budget while traveling abroad is crucial. XE Currency helps you convert currencies accurately and efficiently.

During my shopping spree in Budapest, this app ensured I stayed within budget by providing real-time currency conversions.

Personal Experience on Safety Apps

During my trips across Europe, I’ve found that having these safety apps installed significantly improves my travel experience. For instance, while exploring the crowded streets of Venice, I used Google Maps and WhatsApp to ensure I never got lost and could instantly communicate with friends.

Moreover, apps like TripWhistle Global SOS and bSafe have provided an added layer of security, especially when traveling solo or at night. In one instance, I used Prey Anti-Theft after misplacing my phone in a café in Madrid; the app helped me recover it swiftly.


Incorporating these essential safety apps into your travel toolkit can make a significant difference in ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip across Europe. From navigation to emergency assistance, these apps cover various aspects of travel safety that every traveler should consider.

For more tips on staying safe while traveling, check out our Safety Tip page and other related posts like How to Keep Your Belongings Safe in Hostels and Avoiding Tourist Scams in Europe. Safe travels!

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