Packing light is the way. You remain light, comfortable, and adaptable. Packing light allows you to go fast, which can turn into safety.
Speed is safety. When you can move with ease you can keep your attention in the environment, keeping awareness in the right place.
Adopt a relaxed posture, send a message to everyone around you that you are good, no threat, and just passing through. However, this same posture also transmits that you are aware and that anyone thinking about targeting you better search for a different target.
Go light, focus on the environment, and learn to read it. Shape it to your advantage.
Above: a seven day trip. Clothing and equipment packed inside a small backpack.