Travel with confidence

Being far from home can sometimes present challenges, especially if an emergency occurs and you are away from familiar surroundings and your support system. When planning a vacation, take some time to familiarize yourself with your destination and make sure you have everything you need.

Research your destination

It is essential to understand your immediate environment. Be sure to find out whether you should be back at your hotel before a certain hour, whether you should avoid certain dangerous streets, or whether it is safe to drink the local tap water.

Familiarize yourself with the local area

To be better prepared for visiting must-see tourist attractions, look up the best route and the modes of transportation available. This will help you plan your days as well as avoid getting lost or stranded. Take a map or GPS with you so you have something to refer to if you do become lost. If you are travelling to a destination where you don’t speak the local language, make sure to grab a business card from your hotel so you can show the address to a taxi driver or a friendly local.

Carry money on you

When you are travelling, it’s a good idea to have cash with you—not just your credit or debit card—since some local vendors may only accept cash. If travelling abroad, make sure you arrive at your destination with some local currency in hand. Carry small amounts with you each day and leave the rest in the hotel safe.

Safeguard your important personal possessions or information

Your packing checklist will most likely include the following: credit/debit cards, cash, passport, cell phone, and prescription medications. When you arrive at your destination, you should keep these items secure to keep them from being stolen or lost.  Make sure that these items are either attached to your person or in a hotel safe.

Consider protecting yourself with travel assistance in case of an emergency

If you do become ill or injured, or ever lose your prescriptions while traveling, travel assistance can provide you with much-needed help while you are away from home. You can ask medical questions, find appropriate medical attention, and even get help replacing lost prescriptions. Because accidents happen and you cannot avoid them all, travel assistance is another way to protect the well-being of you and your loved ones when you’re away from home.

Use the tips above to help avoid potential travel emergencies.

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