Create a Travel Emergency Kit Prior to Departure

Arm yourself with information in case of emergency

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When it comes to international travel, many travelers are not prepared to handle the worst case scenario. Whether their travels take them across the border for a weekend, or halfway around the world, there are a number of situations and circumstances that can affect quality of travel when on the road. It could be as simple as gate-checked luggage that got lost in transit, or as complex as a major catastrophe that threatens life and livelihood.

No matter how documents, medications, or other important items are lost, replacing all of them in the middle of a trip can be incredibly difficult, if not next to impossible.

Anytime travelers plan on going abroad, they should be sure to create a travel emergency kit prior to their departure. Here are four items that should make up a travel emergency kit in the worst case scenario.

Pertinent and legible photocopies of important documents

Regardless of how careful travelers are, it is entirely possible to still lose the most important items when we travel. Items like passports and prescription medications are often targeted for theft, especially when it comes to tourist travel. Tourists are often singled out because they are considered an easier target due to language and cultural barriers.

A travel emergency kit should include legible photocopies of anything travelers may need to have replaced during your travels, including a government-issued ID and passport, as well as any prescription medications that are vital to life.

By having photocopies of these items, travelers may be able to get replacements faster and easier than without the copies.

A list of emergency numbers and contact plans

In the event of an emergency in another country, would you know who to contact? Emergency symbols and numbers are different wherever travelers go around the world, requiring them to know a different set of emergency contact numbers and emergency signs.

More importantly, would you know how to contact loved ones and business associates if your travel plans are changed?

A travel emergency kit should include a list of telephone numbers, an emergency calling card, and instructions on how to call those numbers while abroad. Emergency numbers should include the national emergency line (the equivalent of 911 at the destination), contacts back at home, contact information for the nearest embassy, and a contact number for a travel insurance provider. By keeping these in a secure location, travelers can make sure they can receive help in the worst case scenario.

Backup plans in the event of an emergency

An international emergency can delay even the best laid plans. One unplanned mishap that is of no fault of the traveler, and the entire itinerary could be thrown away, with little help in recovering from the interruption.

A travel emergency kit should also include backup copies of the entire itinerary. This includes any transportation tickets and schedules, hotel stays, and tour information. If something should happen during a trip abroad, travelers may be able to get back on track much easier with all the information in one place - as compared to having to struggle to find your travel plans from multiple e-mails or locations.

Get assistance from your travel insurance provider

International adventurers often purchase travel insurance to help them recover if things go wrong. But how good is travel insurance if there’s no way to contact them for assistance in the event of an emergency?

As your partner in safe travels, a travel insurance provider can offer you many benefits beyond the basic coverage. These additional services may include finding a qualified medical facility, translation services, and even emergency evacuation. Those who have travel insurance should keep a copy of the policy with the travel emergency kit, along with domestic and international contact numbers. By keeping a copy of the policy along with important documents, travelers will always have policy qualifications in reach, with an immediate way to contact their travel insurance provider for assistance.

Though it may seem trivial, keeping a travel emergency kit can be critical to maintaining your safety around the world. With all of the pertinent information kept secured in one place, travelers will be able to secure assistance, no matter where they are in the world.