Whether you were a member of the scouts or not, being prepared is always a good thing, especially when it comes to travel. With so many things going on in the world, as well as unexpected natural disasters and events, we can never be too prepared. So if you’re planning a vacation in the coming months, which many of us will be, here are some tips to help make sure that you’re prepared and ready for anything.
Carry a First Aid Kit
Even if you plan to be at a resort nearly the whole of your vacation, make sure that you are prepared for an emergency. Pack a first aid kit in your day bag, and then you’ll always have it with you. Wipes, band aids, and antiseptic are just a few small things that can make a difference when you’re out on a day trip and disaster strikes.
Learn Basic Phrases
If you’re going to be abroad and don’t speak the language, then it is a good idea to learn a few key phrases. Greetings and manners are fairly standard, but what are the words for hospital, doctor, or even help? A foreign language dictionary could be a good idea, as well as a translator app.
Have a Checklist
If you’re traveling by car or by train, then make sure that you have a checklist of where you are going and directions to get there. It is a good idea to have your itinerary printed out, as well as all the documents you will need, like your passport or drivers licence. Would you know how to get help after a car accident if you were on holiday? Things like that need to be thought about too. Does your car rental offer breakdown cover? If so, how do you use it? If you’re with your own car, what are the breakdown details? Have it all written down and it can make any situation less stressful.
Share Your Itinerary
If you’re going away but will have parents or family members still at home, then make sure that you let them know where you will be. Give them the name and address of where you will be staying, as well as a rough itinerary. If there happens to be something like a terror attack or a tsunami, then they will have a rough idea of if you would have been in the area or not, and can help to find you accordingly.
Get Travel Insurance
I don’t think that travel insurance has been any more important than it is these days. With natural disasters leading to cancelled flights, as well as closed airlines or overbooking, you might need to make a claim. So don’t let money worries add to your stress level when abroad and something goes wrong.
List Emergency Contacts
Knowing how to call in an emergency is of paramount importance. From knowing how to contact the embassy to get a new passport, to the hotel, airline, and family members. It won’t take long to write out a list for you and for others, but can make a big difference should anything bad happen.