Preparing for the unexpected is an important part of taking trips, and as travel agents, we work hard to stay on top of situations that might affect the health and safety of our clients.
For any destination, it’s important to stay healthy, to protect yourself, and be prepared to deal with unexpected events.
When you’re traveling in the upcoming months, follow these seven safe-travel recommendations:
1. Purchase Travel Insurance
Above all else, the best way to stay protected is to purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance policies can provide protection and priceless assistance during medical emergencies, hurricanes and disasters, and other major trip-interrupting events. Be sure to read and understand the coverage policies, especially when traveling during high-risk times.
2. Maintain Moderate Habits
Do your best to stay hydrated, be cautious of which foods are less risky to consume, get plenty of rest, and use sunscreen. Moderating your own food and alcohol consumption – and that of your loved ones – can help you avoid illness or maintain awareness of your surroundings.
3. Protect Your Valuables
Keep a conscious eye on your valuables, including your purse, jewelry, identification documents, medications, and currency. It’s also a great idea to keep a copy of your travel documents and emergency contact information in a secure place.
4. Be Prepared to Extend or Delay Your Trip
During hazardous weather conditions, flights often are delayed, rescheduled, or rerouted. To ensure your safety, airlines will schedule flights only when and where it’s safe to travel. If you’re traveling during a high-risk time, keep in contact with family members, co-workers, and other important people at home and prepare yourself for potential schedule changes.
5. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Stay alert to where you are and what the people around you are doing. Listen to your instincts during an uncomfortable situation. Be especially cautious of being targeted in a busy location like airports and tourist attractions.
6. Enroll in STEP
For international travel, consider using the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free government service allows you to register your contact information so that the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate can provide more information or support during a crisis.
7. Double Check Your Trip is Protected
The best way to guarantee you’re safe during a trip is guarding your trip with travel insurance. For financial and medical reasons, travel insurance is the most important step you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings while traveling. That’s why it’s first and last on the list for preparing for the unexpected!