A steady stream of natural disasters and war news is a tough reality check for travelers heading abroad this peak holiday travel season. The shortlist of travel disaster news for December included:
… and the month isn’t over yet.
Rather than staying home, consider revising your pre-travel checklist with the things you might need if a ‘worst case scenario’ occurs.
A simple travel medical kit can help you treat minor scrapes, bug bites, and ward off infections.
My family never packs a suitcase without a quick refresh of the travel medical kit. If we’re traveling in the winter, we can leave out insect repellent and sunscreen, for example.
See What’s in your Travel Medical Kit for a complete list by traveler.
If a crisis occurs while you’re abroad, friends and family are likely to worry. If you’re dealing with a crisis, you don’t also want to deal with a flood of calls and texts.
Assign someone as the point person back home and let everyone know who that is.
Give your assigned point person a copy of these documents:
A backup of your passports is helpful if yours are stolen and you need to replace them.
Why would leave behind your travel insurance plan? It’s because they may need to travel to be at your side or care for the children if you’re hospitalized. A call to your plan’s travel assistance representatives will help them make arrangements.
Put your emergency contact info on a slip of paper inside your wallet. Add your blood type just to be safe. Write the numbers clearly and in dark ink so they can be read easily.
If you are incapacitated or unconscious, this information will help authorities or medical staff get in touch with your point person back home.
In an emergency, you won’t want to be weighed down by your full suitcase – you need to pack the essentials in a go bag. Tuck a small backpack or bag into your suitcase. In an emergency situation, toss the essentials in the go bag and leave.
What are the essentials?
Pro tip: No go bag handy? Grab a pillowcase instead.
Why a mask? It’s considered essential to protect your lungs in case of smoke.
The basic things to remember in an emergency are:
See what to do when your vacation becomes an evacuation.
Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and is a licensed agent for travel insurance (MA 1883287). He believes travel insurance should be easier to understand, and started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.