Whether you are jetting off to the Caribbean for some adventurous shark diving or just slipping over to visit family and friends back in your hometown, safety is priority one. It’s not about getting all paranoid and stressed over all the things that could go wrong. I call that “worry-wart” status. But it is smart to run through a few easy to apply safety measures that could very well deter you from creating headaches and hassles you really don’t need. Holiday travel should be stress-free fun that leaves you wanting more.
Get a Doctors Note for Any Medical Conditions
Whether you take medication for your thyroid or diabetes or have another condition that requires medication, syringes or other medical equipment, make sure you have a note from your doctor explaining each one. If you don’t, chances are your drugs could be taken from you. Also, be sure to have all your meds written down and packed away with you in 2 or 3 different spots. This way you know what you need if your meds are lost or stolen. Not likely to happen but it’s better to be prepared.
If You Have Serious Allergies Come Prepared!
This may not be something you deal with on a regular basis but if you have a serious allergy to something like peanut butter or bees, then you better make sure you pack your epi-pen just in case. The last thing you want to do in a foreign country is to try and explain anything to anyone when you’re feeling woozy and your throat is closing in on you.
Travel Light and Pack Gifts in Carry-On
It’s much more of a joy to travel when you aren’t taking your whole house with you. Seriously, sometimes I see women with suitcase upon suitcase and I just shake my head and wonder why? Just means longer wait time, higher fees, you are targeting yourself for theft, more crap to muscle, and you are increasing the odds of losing something. Pack light and I promise you much less aggravation and a lot more smiles. If you are bringing gifts, you’re a lot safer to pack them in your carry-on instead of trying to check them. This can end up being a huge hassle at security you just don’t want to dance with.
Emergency Numbers Including Embassies
It’s always safe to carry emergency numbers with you including the nearest embassy at your destination. If trouble arises, the last thing you want is to be searching around for numbers that can help. Write these numbers out and copy them a few times. It doesn’t hurt to have them on different parts of your luggage.
Search Advisories Before Departing
Always be sure there aren't any emergency situations you should know about your intended destination. Overseas there are often health advisories that pop up and sometimes even warfare that may delay or divert your plans. Check your local government agency to be sure you’ve got the “all-clear” to skedaddle.
Make Sure Someone at Home has Travel Plans
It’s critical at least one person has your travel plan itinerary just in case an emergency arises. The more detailed you are, the better. Giving them the phone number and email address of your hotel is wise. Along with the embassy details. I’m a firm believer that when you have this information readily available you won’t ever need it.