Quick Tips to Prepare you for Emergency Situations Whilst Travelling
When you travel a lot, you need to be prepared for any potential issues that may arise along the way. Things can and do go wrong just as they would if you were living life in a traditional way – if anything, you are more likely to run into trouble when you are on unfamiliar territory.
Just look at what has happened with the coronavirus situation. In some cases, long term backpackers, travellers and ex-pats have had to suddenly return to their other home countries.
However, don’t let this put you off. Travelling is still a wonderful experience that you can do so safely if you exercise caution and use common sense. If you take the necessary steps to prepare then you will know how to handle a situation if you do find yourself in trouble. Read on for tips on how to prepare for an emergency situation whilst travelling…
Be prepared to ask people back home for help
This situation just underlines the importance of having a plan to handle disasters. Knowing the best way to transfer money internationally (click the link) makes it much easier to sort out a return flight (if someone at home is booking it for you). If you have a bad internet connection or can’t get onto a computer then see it makes sense to ask for help from friends or family back home. Just make sure you get the funds back over to them, then there shouldn’t be an issue.
Make sure you have good travel insurance
A first aid kit is very handy, but no matter where you are travelling in the world, it is sensible to buy a good travel insurance policy. Doing so will make it far easier to get the treatment you need should you fall ill or get hurt. Provided you buy a policy that includes access to a 24/7 helpline you will never be completely on your own.
Always have access to money
Do your best to never completely run out of money. Ideally, you want to be carrying enough cash, in the local currency, to be able to pay for a hotel room and a meal. Carrying a card is OK, but what happens if it gets refused or the bank system goes down for a few hours?
Keep a list of important phone numbers and other details on your person
Of course, to be able to use it you will need to have the number on your phone. It is also a good idea to have a PDF or a photo of the policy. This can help if someone tries to tell you are not covered for something.
Take the time to draw up a list of important contact numbers and details, like your passport, driver’s licence and insurance policy numbers. Type them all out and print them off in a way that enables you to fold the paper up and pop it into the little pocket on your jeans or chinos. That way if your phone is lost or stolen you will still have all those important details to hand. The list should include consulate and embassy contact details, as well as people you can call upon at home to help you out.
Split important items across at least two bags
Most people take more than one bag when they travel. If you do that, try to split important items between them. That way, if one gets stolen or lost you should still be able to get by until you can replace everything.
If you follow these basic tips, should something go wrong, you should still be able to cope. The most important thing is making sure that you always have the means to get help should you need it.
Do your research
In most cases, prevention is better than cure. Always ensure that you research locations, excursions, accommodation, restaurants, and so on before you spend money on them. It is so easy to Google all that you need to these days, to be met with an abundance of online reviews and tips. Of course, online reviews must be taken with a pinch of salt but you do find common themes. For example, if you see multiple posts about people getting pickpocketed or scammed in a particular area, you would be wise to take note and avoid this spot. Likewise, you should also try and research customs and traditions so you can prepare yourself, for example covering up when entering temples in Asia is a must!
As sad as it is, tourists are easy targets when it comes to being taken advantage of, as the currency may be different from what they are used to, they don’t know the standard procedures and they probably don’t have anyone in the know on hand to ask for advice on the local customs. This is where the internet comes in handy. Always make sure you research prices and that you are paying the correct amount of money for items or services, as you don’t want to be ripped off. If you do not do sufficient research, these situations can spiral into emergencies where you could be at risk of danger.
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