How To Pack For A Safer Vacation At Any Age

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Vacations can be fun, but accidents can happen as well. All sorts of things can go wrong, from getting seasick on your cruise trip to get in a car accident on your road trip. The only thing you can do is to try to be prepared.

The only way to ensure nothing bad happens while you’re on vacation is to stay home, but then you’d miss out on the fun. Plus, bad things can happen at home. So, to be better prepared for your next vacation, here are some great travel safety tips to consider.

Pack Meds And Medical Devices

If you’re on any prescription medications you want to make sure that you pack them with you when you go. Forgetting prescriptions can have dire consequences. You should make sure you have enough pills on hand ahead of time so you can get refills before you go if you need that.

If you are at risk for falls or other emergencies and normal have some sort of medical alert system you carry with you, you may want to find out if that can travel with you and if it will still work while you’re on vacation. It could mean the difference between life and death and could help you get help sooner when you need it.

Pack A First Aid Kit

Whether you’re driving a car or flying on a plane, you should have a first aid kit of some kind with you on your vacation travels. You could have a small purse sized one to carry on flights or on bus rides. If you’re driving, have one in your car.

If you’re going on a road trip you may also want to have a vehicle emergency kit. This kit will contain important things like jumper cables, which can come in pretty handy when your car won’t start. You may also want to have some snacks and water available in the vehicle, for health reasons and just because people get hungry (trail mix or granola bars are a great option for this).

Program Emergency Numbers

It’s also smart to have emergency numbers saved in your smartphone. This means more than just being able to dial 911. Sometimes an emergency will simply mean you need to contact the nearest family member or one of your teen children that are on the trip with you.

Also, let someone know your trip plans. Leave your itinerary with a close friend or family member that is not vacationing with you. Check in with them when you arrive at your destination and then when you get back home so they know you’re safe. If they don’t hear from you, they’ll have an idea where you’re supposed to be and be able to call for help.

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