I can honestly say that I have never had to implement an emergency plan while traveling. I have however been with others that have had to deal with unexpected emergencies. Those that were prepared were much less stressed. Being prepared can save you time, money and maybe even your life.
A few simple tasks before your trip will increase your peace of mind. I always encourage my clients to purchase travel insurance (see my insurance blog) and to do a few basic things before they travel.
Nanette's tips for creating an emergency plan:
Research the area in which you will be traveling. I use the CDC website for information about my destination and safety concerns.
Purchase medical evacuation insurance. Make sure the plan covers evacuation back home not just to a local provider or hospital. (I suggest: enter your travel insurance policy info into your phone for quick reference and take a photo of your travel policy, travel policy contact numbers and your travel policy account numbers).
Know your primary care physician's contact number. Plan to call them in the event of an emergency to get advise about the best course of action. Check to see if your travel insurance company has 24/7 assistance lines in case you need to call for help. Due to time differences your physician may not be available.
Pack your medications. Add a few extra days in the event your return is delayed.
Keep a list of your medications with you. I suggest make a note in your phone and make a paper copy which you keep with your passport. (Remember your phone may not work in certain areas. Hard copies are always good to have available).
Make sure your immunizations are up to date. Keep a copy of immunizations with your passport.
Identify an emergency contact for homebase. Make sure to leave copies of your travel plans, passport, visa, travel insurance information, and medical information with your emergency contact. ( I make a folder and have it located in a central place that my family can find, in the event of an emergency).
Have a backup plan of how to communicate with home, in the event that cell service is unavailable. I suggest to memorize a landline number that your family can centrally use, memorize your emergency contact's email address and have one person identified as your contact person. Did you know that Facebook activates its Safety Check feature if you’re in an affected area? You can use it to alert friends and family that you’re okay. And your emergency contact can use it to search for you and confirm your status. Make sure your emergency contact and family knows all the details of your communication plan.
Share any allergy info, medical history and primary contact information with a fellow traveler or host. This is always a good idea in the event you are unable to provide information for yourself.
Now just relax, enjoy your trip and know that you are prepared! And if you are traveling with me, you really do have peace of mind because I will be there to assist.