Nobody wants to think about what they’d do if they were to have an emergency on vacation. Vacations are supposed to be happy, relaxed times. However, you can’t always stop something from cropping up, and it’s better to be prepared. Here’s what to do if you have an emergency on vacation:
Call The Appropriate Authorities
Whether this is an accident or a crime, you’ll need to call the appropriate authorities if someone hasn’t already done it or offered to do it. This is why it’s so important that you have emergency numbers ready before you head off on vacation. Don’t just save them on your phone either, as you have no idea what could happen to that in the event of an emergency. It’s best if you write them down, keep them in your notebook or somewhere you know you can easily access them. Having them in multiple places should help.
Try Not To Make Things Worse
There are a number of ways you could make things worse depending on the situation you’re in. If you are being mugged, you probably shouldn’t try to fight your attacker. Many advice sites will tell you to simply give them what they want, but don’t hand it them. Instead, throw it away from yourself so you can make your escape. If somebody is injured, only help if you know what you’re doing. If you have no idea, it’s probably better to leave it alone. You might end up making the situation worse.
Help, If Possible
If you can help and you know what would help, then do it. Don’t delay; this might be the difference between life and death. Again, if you don’t know what you’re doing, make sure you avoid doing anything that could be dangerous. If somebody else knows what they are doing or could help, make sure they do. Doing your research before you go on a trip could help, especially if you’ve planned an adventure trip. My survival forum could offer some great advice for the type of trip you’re taking.
Call Your Travel Insurance Provider
Travel insurance is so important, as you never know when an emergency might crop up on holiday. It won’t stop them from happening, but it can cover you for any money or valuables lost. You should have travel insurance whether you’re going on an adventure trip or not. You’ll want to call them as soon as possible too. This is so you can report your emergency and set the wheels in motion to get the help you need. The longer you leave it, the less likely you are of getting any compensation or being able to prove what happened. Gathering evidence, as much information as possible and calling as soon as you can is key.
You never know what kind of emergency could crop up on your vacation, so make sure you use these tips and prepare as much in advance so you can have peace of mind. Come back for more soon!