How to Prepare for an Emergency While Traveling
Whether you’re away for business or pleasure, you probably don’t expect to face a travel emergency. But while you’re packing, it may be worth considering what additional items you may need if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation. A storm may cause a power outage, or a flood may leave you trapped in the hotel for a few days with no services. Packing a few emergency supplies can help you better prepare for unexpected scenarios while you’re away from home.
Here are some of the emergency items you might want to pack the next time you travel:
Water is an essential need no matter where you might be. It’s not easy to pack water, but you can buy it when you arrive. You may also want to consider bringing a water bottle with a filter that you can fill with tap water, if available. Alternatively, you can buy water bottles soon as you arrive at your destination.
Many travelers don’t pack food because they expect to eat at local restaurants during their visit. But, in the event of an emergency, restaurants and grocery stores may be closed. Avoid getting hunger pangs by packing nonperishable foods that require no preparation, such as nutrition bars, dried fruit, nuts and crackers.
If power is out, stores may not be able to process debit or credit card payments. Bringing cash along can help you pay for necessities. You may also want to have some loose change on hand for hotel vending machines in case the power is on but you are unable to leave the building for some reason.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit can help you in case of an emergency during your travels. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that you pack a number of other items, including prescription medicines, pain reliever, allergy medicine, antihistamines, water purification tablets and antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer.
If you are traveling internationally, keep a copy of your prescriptions handy, suggests the Department of State. Before you leave, check with the International Narcotics Control Board for restricted substances in the country you’ll be visiting.
Portable Power Bank
A portable power bank can help you recharge your phone if the electricity goes out and you’re unable to charge it with a power cord. Be sure to charge the power bank before you begin your trip.
Consider packing a flashlight or headlamp in case of a power outage, as well as an emergency whistle that will allow you to call for help in case you are trapped in an inaccessible or remote area. Don’t forget to pack at least one pair of closed-toe, comfortable shoes in case you have to walk in muddy conditions.
Hopefully, your travel plans will go smoothly. But if the unexpected does happen, having these items on hand may help you be better prepared.