For some reason, whenever we plan for a trip we tend to focus on the exciting stuff only. We tend to forget about the scary things like getting into an accident, getting sick or dealing with a huge injury. After years of traveling and having a ton of crazy things happen to me and my family, I finally learned the hard way that this is not something to leave for later. It is an absolute priority to be ready for emergencies.
You not only have to be prepared financially but also need to have some sort of support system to help you cope with an emergency.
If you are not traveling alone it is also important to know how to cope with having your partner suffering from an accident. I know it might be a bit dramatic but what if one of you ends up with a severe brain injury after being on a car accident abroad? How would you handle it?
How to Prepare for Dealing With Injuries While Traveling
1. Get Reliable and Proper Medical Travel Insurance
This needs to be your priority. But don’t just get the first travel insurance that looks good on a first glance. There are many cheap medical travel insurances out there that don’t cost a lot of money but some might not be reliable or cover everything you might need.
When it comes to this sort of service you have to really ask yourself, is this going to cover me on a huge emergency? To make sure it does, doing extensive research and reading reviews is extremely important. You need to be 100% sure that expenses will be covered and that you will be able to get back home in case you need more specialized treatment? Will your insurance provider help you find a doctor or hospital?
These are only a few of the really important questions you should ask yourself.
2. Forget all About Your Ego
Sometimes we get a large scratch or start getting weird symptoms and try to play it cool. We love to pretend that we are super strong and that nothing bad is going on.
Don’t try to downsize things when it comes to your health. Especially in countries where there are diseases that are not common in your hometown. Anything from a car crash, to sexual assault to a fever should be checked.
3. Know How to Get Help
Even with the most amazing travel insurance. You should always be careful to know where the nearest hospital or clinic is. This is research that you should do before getting there, as soon as you decide on the cities or towns you will visit.
I know you might also want to visit some more remote areas which is great. But having a plan on how to quickly get out of there in case of an emergency. Most of the time, tour companies have emergency plans and are ready to take care of an emergency. So consider using those instead of going alone.
4. Practice your Basic Language Skills
If you are going to a country where your native language isn’t theirs, you should definitely be prepared with some basic phrases and expressions. If you are lucky you will find someone to translate for you but don’t count on that.
This article is not meant to scare you off traveling. On the contrary, it is to give you all of the tools so that you can do it safely and therefore, you will enjoy it a lot more.
Do you have any other tips for Dealing With Injuries While Traveling?