Emergency Travel PlansPreparing for Unexpected Travel Emergencies
IntroductionWhen you depart for a trip, you never know exactly how your travel plans will unfold.Despite your best efforts to account for every minute detail, a car accident on the way tothe airport or an unexpected illness can completely derail your trip.While there’s never a good time for something to go wrong, problems become even moredifficult to resolve when you’re thousands of miles away from home. Thinking ahead canhelp lessen the blow of an unexpected emergency – and help you avoid additionalfinancial setbacks.
Emergency Bank AccountsTip No. 1: Open an emergency bank account.Emergencies can take a toll on your finances. You may have to buy a costly, last-minuteflight home due to a family member falling ill. Or, you may get food poisoning whiletraveling and need to seek medical treatment.Prepare for unexpected expenses by:• Choosing a bank that has international locations and setting up an emergency savings account.• Determining how much you want to set aside and consider setting up a monthly auto- draft of that amount from your regular bank account into your emergency account.• Calling your bank prior to a trip and letting them know where you’re heading so they don’t freeze account due to suspicious activity.
Travel DocumentsTip No. 2: Keep duplicate copies of important paperwork.Trouble can strike in the most unexpected places. You get a flat tire while on a road tripor you lose your only form of ID while traveling internationally. Having importantdocuments (and copies of them) on hand can be the difference between resolving aproblem and creating more of them.For international travel, bring:• Your passport, along with a copy of the photo page, stored separately.• Your driver’s license and a copy of your driver’s license, stored separately.• Your boarding pass and hotel confirmation, along with copies.• Your health insurance card and a copy of it (make sure your policy includes international medical insurance).
Emergency ContactsTip No. 3: Have an emergency contact list.If you’re traveling and have children back at home, make sure to designate two to threepeople you trust to be an emergency contact, in addition to your spouse or babysitter.Even if your children are old enough to be left home alone, it’s still important to have aclose friend or relative that you can call if something happens while you’re away. Makesure you give your emergency contacts:• A copy of your flight information, hotel address and trip itinerary• A copy of your child’s health insurance card• A list of any medications, allergies and current health issues your child has, along with the contact information for your family doctor or pediatrician
Emergency KitsTip No. 4: Prepare an emergency kit.Whether you’re traveling alone or with others, it’s always a good idea to carry a travel-sized emergency first-aid kit with you.Items within it could include:• Band-Aids and gauze• A tourniquet• Anti-bacterial ointment (travel size)• Aloe (travel size)• Prescription medications• GlovesThe American Red Cross also offers other useful checklists for emergencies.
Know Your SurroundingsTip No. 5: Research the area.Many travelers often don’t think to look up important places that might end up on theiritinerary, even if it wasn’t part of the original plan. Here are some places you should knowhow to get to, in case of an emergency:• The embassy of your country of origin• The nearest hospital• Walk-in clinic (if available)• Pharmacy (for over-the-counter medications)• Bank
Travel Insurance CoverageTip No. 6: Invest in travel insurance coverage.Two main types of travel insurance include Trip Protection and Medical Coverage.• Trip Protection: This type of coverage can include trip cancellation, trip interruption and baggage protection. So if an emergency occurs and you have to cancel your trip or cut it short unexpectedly, you’ll be covered for pre-paid tickets, such as an international flight, that would otherwise be non-refundable.• Medical Coverage: If you review your existing health insurance policy, you may find that you aren’t covered for medical providers outside of your network. With RoamRight’s (Outside U.S.) Medical Insurance, you’ll have medical and emergency medical evacuation coverage for international trips up to 360 days in length.
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