Even the most prepared traveler will eventually encounter some type of emergency that requires immediate assistance. Whether the situation is directly related to them, a fellow traveler or a stranger in passing, it’s best to know how to handle an emergency during travel before it occurs. Here are a few common travel emergencies and how you can be prepared:
Lost or Stolen Bank Card
If you lose your bank card, your trip can quickly come to a halt. It’s important to keep the emergency phone number that is on the back of your bank card in a safe location. This way if you lose your card, you will still have the number on hand.
Lost or Stolen Passport
Along with access to your bank funds, your passport is one of the most essential travel items to keep track of. If you lose your passport and are stranded, contact your embassy or consulate. Typically they can assist you with getting home if needed, even without a passport.
Prior to your journey, gather the address and phone number to your country’s embassy in your host country. This will be helpful in the event that you need legal assistance if you run into any altercations on your journey.
If you drive in the country you have re-located to or are traveling in, keeping a survival kit in your car can be a lifesaver- literally. Here are a few items you will want to keep in your kit:
- A solar blanket
- Gas jug
- Bottled water
- Energy bars
- Road flares
- Jumper cables
- Spare tire
- A first aid kit with items such as gauze wrap, cleaning alcohol, Band-Aids, and scissors
While choking may seem like a minor occurrence, it is estimated that about 7-8 people die from choking each year. Exploring the world will place you at many new doorsteps. Before you travel, learn how to perform the Heimlich maneuver both on yourself and others.
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