Whether you’re preparing for a weekend trip to the next county or a long getaway across the country, there’s much to be done. When it comes to making your preparations, don’t forget to spend a little bit of time thinking about how you’ll handle travel emergencies. It’s important to have an action plan for what you’ll do if you or your family members become ill or are injured while on vacation.
Travel Safe: Emergency Savvy
Preparing for travel emergencies is largely a matter of common sense. Before you head to your destination, read up on any communicable diseases prevalent in the area. This is especially important if you’re traveling internationally as you may need vaccinations before leaving on your trip. If you’re staying within the U.S., it’s a good idea to check climate conditions and know about local allergens before heading out on vacation.
You should also research medical facilities in the area where you’ll be traveling. Check with your health insurance company to see which doctors and hospitals in your destination are covered. Keep a list of immediate care clinics in the area with you. These types of clinics provide immediate medical aid for a wide variety of problems. Depending on your insurance, visiting an immediate or urgent care center is generally more affordable than making a trip to the ER.
If you’ll be driving on your trip, it’s also a good idea to put together a roadside emergency kit in case of breakdowns or accidents. If you’ll be flying, boating or taking the train, you should prepare a smaller emergency kit that can be stored in a backpack or purse. Include all necessary medications and basic first aid supplies.
Organize Your Travel Emergency File
Preparing for travel emergencies also means having all the information you need about medical conditions, insurance providers and area medical facilities on hand. Creating an emergency travel file is a great way to stay prepared for travel surprises. Make sure to leave a copy of your travel file and itinerary with a trusted friend or family member before leaving on your trip.
Whether you keep it in a folder or binder, your travel emergency file should include:
- A copy of your trip itinerary
- Copies of your government and insurance ID cards
- A list of medical facilities in the area where you’ll be traveling
- A map of the area where you’ll be traveling
- A list of all the medications you and your family members use
- Information about any medical conditions from which you or your family members suffer
- A list of emergency contacts at home
Being prepared for travel means knowing what you’ll do in an emergency. At AppleCare, we’re proud to provide for your travel emergency needs at clinics throughout Georgia.