See these top tips for planning worst case scenarios when travelling abroad.
For solo travellers and single parents looking for the best tips on planning worst case scenarios when travelling. When travelling solo or with kids it’s good practice to have a contingency plan just incase things don’t go the way they should. Whether in your own country or abroad where you may not speak the local language or know your way around. It’s practical to be prepared. It may not be as exciting as the best beaches to visit in Thailand but it is useful as travellers we live in a world full of surprises.
Just remember, it’s easy to get carried away with all sorts of scenarios, this article is meant for use as a reminder to stay vigilant and have a plan wherever you travel.
Real City Maps
Carrying your own hard copy of a local city map for any traveller is a must. Local maps can be obtained at the tourist office or alternatively download and printed prior to arrival at the destination. The embassy location should be circled as well as hotel or Airbnb and hospitals just incase GPS isn’t always available.
Register with Local Embassies and Consulates
Travellers can register with their local embassies in each country they are travelling to. Provide local contact details to the embassy or consulate just incase a natural disaster should occur, this way contact information is already registered in their database and saves crucial time.
Phone Numbers Saved and Stored
Programming a mobile phone with vital phone numbers should you find yourself in need of local services without access to the internet. Such as the local embassy, airlines, hospital, emergency numbers for police, ambulance and fire are certainly a peace of mind having stored.
Keep in Regular Contact with a Friend or a Family Member
Keeping in touch and sharing travel plans and whereabouts on a regular basis with a friend or family member is extremely important. Letting them know travel plans and accommodation in advance is a really good tip to ensure they know you’re safe solo or with your little ones.
Evacuation Disaster Insurance
I’ve personally booked the extra evacuation disaster insurance when I travelled to South East Asia with my children when I knew we would be in an area prone to earthquakes and natural disasters.
Carry Emergency Cash
You can’t always rely on card payments like you would back at home, carry cash stored in separate locations on yourself or luggage in hidden pockets or compartments. There are still many locations around the world that don’t accept card. Emergency cash is smart just so long as you ensure it’s tucked away safely.
Carry ID at all Times
It’s smart to carry identification with when travelling. Either your passport, printed copies of passport or drivers licence no matter which country you visit, even if its a single day out. It’s advised to always carry one method of identification on your body (not in a day bag) just incase it gets lost. It’s definitely vital when planning worst case scenarios when travelling.
Carry a comprehensive medical Kit
To some it’s obvious but not everyone will carry a medical kit when planning worst case scenarios when travelling. The medical kit can be a small zipped bag with plasters, fabric and waterproof, paracetamol for adults and a separate one for children and infants, thermometer, bandages, antihistamines, bug spray, tweezers, travel scissors, burns plaster, oral rehydration sachets and anti-itch cream for starters.
What if you get sick
If you get sick or start to feel unwell ensure you’re safe and your accommodation is comfortable. Imagine you were ill and you alone or alone with young children, it’s a game changer if your accommodation staff are helpful and can deliver room service such as food and water if needed. A room with air conditioning could help keep you comfortable in hot countries.
Kids dealing with the heat in hot climates
If you travel with kids to a hot climate you will always worry if they are cool enough. There’s nothing worse than a child suffering holiday heat, mood swings, fatigue, dehydration are a few symptoms. Check out our tips on how to help kids deal with holiday heat.