Fact: While traveling, a whole lot of things have the potential to go wrong. One of the most important parts of being a good traveler is to be prepared. Be prepared for situations to go awry.
When an emergency strikes 2,000 miles away from home, a calm, cool, and collected attitude will help everyone in the travel party reach a more suitable solution to the problem. Knowledge is power when facing a challenge on the road. Here is a quick look at a few common traveling problems and some practical solutions.
A crashing of paths
A long and adventurous road trip is always a great way to create memorable moments with friends and family, but the woes of the road are unpredictable. If the road leads towards collision, then there are a few things everyone should know to remain safe.
The first, and most important, thing to remember in the case of a car accident is to make sure everyone involved is okay. If not, call emergency services immediately. If so, then get the vehicle out of the road. If that is not possible, get all the people involved out of harm’s way. Look here for a more comprehensive list of things to do in case of a car accident.
Sick or physically injured
Taking the usual precautions to prevent illness are more critical when traveling. Proper handwashing practices go a long way to prevent unwanted sickness. In the case that someone in the travel party does fall ill or injure themselves, there are a few things travelers can do before their departure to create somewhat of a safety net.
Before going on a trip, it is good practice to contact the family’s insurance company to make sure the coverage extends to the chosen destination. Sometimes it is possible to purchase a short-term travel insurance policy to cover health emergencies while traveling. If a travel policy is not possible, contact the U.S. Consulate located in the chosen destination, and ask them which hospitals in the area treat Americans.
Lost or stolen passports
For those who plan to travel abroad, it is critical to take precautions in the case that a traveler’s passport is lost or stolen. It happens all the time, so do not think that this trip is the exception. It is good practice to travel with several copies of official identification cards and passports. Though a copy is not official, it will go a long way to replacing a lost or stolen original.
If the worst case scenario does occur, contact the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate for help. It will probably require a lengthy interview process, but they will help to restore what is lost. If there is someone at home to help, then ask them to call the Overseas Citizens Services. This organization can help speed up the process of replacement.