12 tips to avoid accidents when traveling to another country

1. Write down or save on your phone the emergency number of the country you are traveling to. In most European countries, you can call 911 or 112 to contact the emergency services. Also note the assistance number of your travel insurance company and in case of accident, call them immediately.

2. Scan your documents: passport, birth certificate, medical expenses insurance, driver’s license, national identification, etc., save them in a usb, and send a copy to your email and to a family member or trusted friend, to have them on hand at all times.

3. Before traveling, check the website of the Ministry of Health for the vaccines needed for the country you are traveling to. Do it sufficiently early on time so that it doesn’t catch you unprepared, since it is usually necessary to make an appointment and some vaccines must be gotten with some time in advance before traveling.

4. If you travel to a country where it is easy to pay by card, avoid taking a lot of cash. If you have no choice, keep the money in separate places and, if you travel in a group, divide the money. Thus, in case of theft, you wouldn’t lose all the money.

5. Avoid using the credit card or entering passwords in places with free or public wifi, because you never know who may be spying on your data.

6. Don’t keep your wallet or phone in your back pocket and check that your purse or backpack is closed at all times.

7. In some countries, it is best not to drink tap water. Even if you see that the local people do it, our European stomachs may not be used to it. This extends to the consumption of raw fruits and vegetables (because they have previously been washed with tap water), natural juices, and ice. If these are cooked, it is okay because high temperatures kill bacteria. Another option is to wash them yourself with bottled water. Do not drink from streams and springs either, even if they look appealing.

8. In the tropics, freshwater courses, canals, lakes, etc., can be infected by larvae and worms that penetrate the skin and can cause diseases, so it is better to avoid bathing in this type of places. Contaminated water can also cause eye, ear and intestinal infections.

9. Use sunscreen and keep hydrated to avoid sunburn and dehydration.

10. Bring a small first-aid kit with the basics: insect repellent, ibuprofen or paracetamol, antacids, stomach protector, dramamain, eye drops, dressings for first cures (bandages, gauze, tape, etc.) antihistamines and oral rehydration salts.

11. Each country has its own regulations on drugs and not all of them are equally flexible. In some countries, drug use can have serious consequences such as imprisonment or even the death penalty. They don’t have to be “hard” drugs, alcohol in some countries is totally forbidden, so get informed before going, and be careful.

12. Finally, there is a limit between going adventurous and being irresponsible. Listen to the locals, and if they tell you not to do such a thing or not go to such a place, don’t do it. Also, don’t do anything that you wouldn’t do in your own country.

At Fit 2 Trip we offer travel insurance for families, couples, individual travelers and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, cancer, heart disease and others. You can choose between single health insurance policies or multi-risk policies, in addition to the basic, standard or premium coverage level. You can also choose between a single trip or multi-trip policy and you can always add to your policy summer activities.

 

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