All You Need to Know About Safe Travel
When traveling either in the country or abroad, there are certain risks you’re exposing yourself to. Of course, anyone who travels already knows this, but what may not be common knowledge on the subject is the array of tools we have at our disposal to keep us safe and prepared when going on a trip.
And as being informed and educating yourself on what you can do in order to prevent ending up in a dicey situation or a more tragic scenario while traveling, we’ve figured it’s best to be proactive, and offer you a mini guide to travel safety.
Out of consideration for our customers, and travelers worldwide, we have decided to share some knowledge in the hope that our safe travel message reaches as many people as possible.
Do Your Homework Before Leaving
Check all the reliable resources you have at your disposal regarding your destination in terms of sanitation, water quality, healthcare, and the general standard of hygiene.
Check which are the most common health risks encountered in the country you’re planning on visiting, and make sure you get all the appropriate shots, in case inoculation is required.
Making time for an appointment with your healthcare provider and dentist before leaving is also recommended. Your healthcare professional will be able to tell you if you need a certain vaccine, depending on the location you’re planning on visiting.
The possibility of getting sick or injured is something that you should seriously take into consideration, and be prepared for.
Also is a good idea to check the below resources, to avoid trouble spots before you choose a travel spot. Here are a couple of resources to help you stay on top of things.
Check out the CDC comprehensive list of destination countries and the health risks associated with them so that you can know what vaccines you may need to get before your visit, and what health precautions are most important depending on the country of interest;
Be up-to-date with international travel health notices on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or on the World Health Organization website;
Learn about the kinds of natural disasters and weather emergencies that are prone to occur in the area you’re planning to visit, and make sure you take the necessary steps to be prepared in case something of the sort happens while you’re there;
Join STEP. A US government initiative, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program will give you access to travel alerts and warnings for the particular country you’re staying in;
While traveling via plane, especially if we’re talking about longer flights that exceed eight hours, make an effort to stay hydrated, and try as much as possible to do some light stretching or walking every hour or so. This is all to prevent the risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis associated with long-haul flights. During your flight, you may also want to wear loose clothing and compression socks for the same purpose.
Contact your insurer or invest in a travel insurance package
Making sure you’re covered by your healthcare insurance when abroad is essential.
At the same time, always take into account the possibility of having to pay for medical care out of your pocket, so also make sure you have an easy-to-access emergency budget.
Getting insurance for medical evacuation is also recommended when traveling.
One of the resources you can try when looking for insurance providers and overseas coverage is here.
Preventing personal injury or getting sick while on vacation or business trips involves more than healthcare insurance.
It’s also up to you to ensure you’re prepared to deal with such an issue by packing smartly.
Remember to also check the local medical laws in the country you’re heading towards in order to avoid bringing illegal medicine with you.
TRAVEL MEDICAL KIT
Some of the following are climate-specific, but overall, this is how a good travel health kit should look like:
First aid quick guide;
Picaridin or DEET insect repellent;
Antibacterial hand sanitizer or hand wipes;
Oral rehydration solution packets;
Sedatives to help with travel-induced anxiety;
Motion or altitude sickness medicine;
Any special prescription or over-the