You never know what’s going to happen during your vacation so you must always be prepared. Here are some ways to get you ready in case there is an emergency.

What to bring

Contact numbers

Be sure to bring your “in case of emergency” contact details. You should also know the emergency numbers of the country you are going to. Always carry these in your wallet, pocket or purse. You can try 911 as some countries automatically forward your call to the local equivalent. Jot down your country’s embassy’s number. Also, have the number of your ATM and credit card provider in case they get stolen. Leave copies of these numbers in your hotel room as well in case your wallet gets stolen.

Inform someone at home

Be sure to inform someone (a friend or relative) of your plans. Leave an itinerary, your flight details and the address of the place you are staying at abroad. They should also have copies of your ID’s, insurance policies and other important documents. Tell them how you can be contacted and if you are going to contact them on a regular schedule, say, after lunch every day. Give them instructions on when to call for help if they don’t hear from you. For example, they should call the hotel if they don’t hear from you for 2 days.

Health Card

Bring your insurance card with you. Inquire about your international coverage before you leave. In most instances, you would need to pay for special travel insurance. A health card can be a great advantage if you don’t have cash on hand and you need to be taken to a hospital. The health card will show that you have the ability to pay for their services.


Money is very important but carry it wisely. Leave some in your hotel safe. Don’t bring all your money all at once and never flash them out in the streets. Spread out your money in your wallet, pockets, purses and other bags. Bring an ATM or debit card, credit cards and traveller’s checks (if any) and don’t put all of them in the same place.

Know the language

In places where English is not a common language, be sure to know how to say “I need help”, “police” and “doctor” in the native tongue. These will come in handy during emergencies. If you can’t pronounce them, ask someone in the hotel to write them down for you in a card.

A vacation is supposed to make you rest and relax but still be on the lookout for possible dangers. Common sense and good preparation are usually all you need to be safe. Know where and how to call for help when needed.

My name is Henry W. I’m a huge travel addict and I like blogging about my experiences. I am also partners with specialists in Kenya safari holidays 2013.