See these top tips for planning worst case scenarios when travelling abroad

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.

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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. Add the phone numbers of: the local embassy, airlines, hospital, emergency numbers for police, ambulance and fire services.


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 children.


Evacuation Disaster Insurance 

I’ve personally booked the extra evacuation disaster insurance when I travelled to Lombok in South East Asia. I knew I would be in an area prone to earthquakes and natural disasters so it made good sense to be covered.


Carry Emergency Cash 

You can’t always rely on card payments like you would 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 the following items:

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.




  1. One usually learns from mistakes. The same is the case with travel, most of us have learned the hard way. Because as long as things are fine one does not care about precautions. But it is so imperative to take precautions and be prepared with contingency plans, especially more so when you are traveling in a foreign country. These are some really sensible and practical steps to follow.

  2. Thanks for the tips, and I have had all kinds of “tragic” experience during my journey, alone or with my families… phone got stolen… missing a flight… someone got sick… and more It’s important that we always need a backup plan and be prepared. Make sure you have insurance and never assume everything will go your way. @ knycx.journeying

  3. These are all great tips, and it’s easy to be so excited about your journey and all the things you want to do and not be thinking of the things that could go wrong and how you could be better prepared. I’ve started traveling with a medical kit, not as comprehensive as the one you’ve listed (I need to do that), and found it to be very useful. Sometimes it is not always convenient to go to the pharmacy, and having that at hand, makes whatever you have to deal with so much easier.