Any time you travel, there is always a chance that something unexpected will happen. Unfortunately, in some cases that unforeseen event could result in injury. Maybe you experience a car accident or fall down some stairs. Perhaps someone in your group is bitten by an insect and has a bad reaction.
Whatever the situation, dealing with injury when you are away from home is not easy. However, you can minimize the discomfort by planning ahead. Below are some pre-travel tips to handle a crisis if you are hurt while traveling.
- Purchase travel medical insurance. If you are traveling domestically, your existing medical insurance may provide protection in the event of an accident. If you travel internationally, however, there’s a good possibility you won’t be covered. Before you leave, find out the details of your plan and consider adding travel medical insurance as an extra precaution. There are plenty of options available, many of which include 24/7 help.
- Have a plan. When you visit a certain city or region, look up local hospitals or medical facilities where you could potentially receive treatment. Doing research ahead can help save time in an emergency.
- Know when to seek medical attention. While it’s usually best to err on the side of caution, not every injury requires medical intervention. Be prepared to manage minor situations, but pay attention to emergencies that necessitate professional care, including serious physical injury, a dental crisis, etc.
- Pack a first-aid kit. Just as you wouldn’t travel without certain toiletries, it’s a good idea to pack emergency supplies. Bring a small first-aid kit, for example, and carry it with you daily, just in case.
By taking some precautionary measures now, you will be better able to enjoy the trip, no matter what unexpected circumstances may occur. If you want to learn more about how to handle travel injury, take a look at the accompanying resource.
Author bio: Donald J. Nolan is a nationally acclaimed lawyer and founder of Nolan Law Group, which has become one of the nation’s most prestigious and well-recognized plaintiff firms. In the area of aviation law, Nolan has represented the rights of victims and families in air disasters around the world. His work has led to the redesign of several safety systems and defective components of major commercial and general aviation aircraft.