Our minds are often occupied by our experience–what we’re going to eat, what activities we’re going to do and how long should we lounge by the pool. However, there are other things we should be concerning ourselves with when we travel. According to the United States Department of Transportation, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared to be away from home.
Everyone assumes or maybe just hopes that they will be safe throughout their trip, but sh*t happens. Sometimes we’re left dealing with emergencies that we wish didn’t happen. But just in case you’re faced with an emergency the next time you travel, you’ll be prepared if you use these tips:
1. Give your loved ones your emergency contact information.
91 percent of adults in the U.S. own a cell phone, according to a June 2013 Pew Research Center study. Of those cell phone owners, 74 percent of them use their phone in an emergency to get help. You need to know if an emergency situation arises while you’re traveling, make sure people know how to reach you. Give your loved ones your UrgentCall phone number, so you never miss a call again. The emergency service mobile app will ensure that you’re only receiving an emergency call and your phone will not stop ringing until you answer the call.
2. Carry your health insurance card.
3. Setup and have Medevac insurance.
This is so you can get airlifted to a medical center that can provide proper medical care. Not having this can be costly. Medevac insurance can provide around $500K-$1MM of coverage. That’s saving quite a bit of money!
4. Leave copies of your plans with someone at home and tell someone.
5. Carry money wisely and in multiple forms.
Don’t just carry it all in your wallet or only as a card or cash. Mix it up. Put some money in your suitcase; don’t just keep it on your person. Have a credit card on-hand for emergencies.
6. Know the lingo.
Be able to say, “I need help, Please call police” in the local language (or carry a card with the words in local script).
7. Know yourself, know your locale.
If you’re traveling abroad, know where your embassy is & how to get there. Know where the nearest hospital or police station is located.
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WANDERLUSTING: 5 Essential Beauty Products For Travelers
1. You Need These In Your Carry-On
Between TSA confiscating your toiletries & plane air drying out your skin, travel can be tough on your beauty regimen. Well fret not, you can still be fabulous on your next adventure with some of these travel-friendly products. Happy traveling!
2. Jane Iredale Facial Blotting Papers
I tend to get really oily when I fly, but these thin and super-compact sheets are perfect for a good de-greasing. Instead of putting on another layer of your M.A.C powder, grab these. Jane Iredale’s compact version is a good buy. http://on.allure.com/19Ahhb2
3. Oscar Blandi Volumizing Dry Shampoo
When you're in the midst of travel for work or leisure, the last thing you want to think about is washing, drying and styling your hair. A volumizing dry shampoo will keep your hair feeling clean and polished on the go. A great version to check out is Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo, which even comes is a nifty travel size. http://on.allure.com/1gWg7Wo
4. Perfume Rollerballs
After the TSA confiscated my (very expensive) bottle of Creed Love in White, I found the glory of perfume rollerballs. These meet liquid regulations and are handy enough to throw in your purse or carry-on. I love rolling this on right before the plane lands.
5. BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer
Long before BB creams became a national obsession, savvy travelers knew this little bottle could cover a multitude of beauty sins. It makes imperfections like discoloration and acne virtually vanish and can substitute for heavy foundations and concealer while on vacay. Plus, most bottles are small enough to meet carry-on requirements. http://bit.ly/1b8x380
6. Facial Wipes
Whether you're traveling by plane, boat or just have a long road trip, hydrating facial wipes will help to keep your skin clean and moisturized. Koh Gen Do cleansing spa water cloths remove makeup and are enriched with cleansing spa water and six essential herbs. How refreshing! http://bit.ly/1adyUOq