Travel 101: How to Deal with Common Travel Emergencies

Essential Guide to Dealing with Travel Disasters or Emergencies

Emergencies or disasters can ruin your well-organised trip. But knowing how you can deal with them will help ease your fears and lessen the damage in case they may arise during your travel.

To ensure a safe, fun and worry-free vacation, read this article and learn about the three common travel emergencies and the steps to prevent them.

Flight Delays and Cancellations

Airport security problems, technical glitches and bad weather condition can cause outbound and inbound flights to be delayed for hours.

To ease your worries during this situation, make sure to have a backup plan. Say for example, make sure that you have booked a hotel or find an alternative flight so that you will still arrive at your destination on schedule. Most importantly, secure a travelers insurance. This is always helpful in case of flight delays or cancellations because it saves up on expenses on hotel stays, meals and transportation.

Lost or Missing Luggage

In case your luggage gets lost, go to your airline’s baggage counter area and fill out a ‘missing luggage’ form. This is useful so that when the airline recovers your luggage (in instances when your bags are simply delayed or placed on the wrong plane), they can deliver them to your hotel. Also, in the event that your bags are lost and the airline is unable to recover them, you have the right to file a claim for damages if you filled out a ‘missing luggage’ form.

To prevent your bags from getting lost, remove unnecessary tags because these can confuse the airport’s scanning machine. Make sure that your bags are also labelled clearly. Write your name and address on a piece of paper and place it in the front pocket of your bag in case the outside tag gets ripped off. Also make sure you won’t forget to bring your baggage claim ticket. Additionally, don’t forget to buy travel insurance that offers coverage for lost or missing luggage.

Getting Injured / Falling Ill

Getting sick or injured during your travel is not only physically threatening, but is also financially worrying because you’ll have to deal with medications and treatment that can be costly.

To avoid falling ill while travelling, make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared before you travel. Days before your scheduled trip, talk to your doctor, exercise regularly and conduct a research about your destination. Also make sure to contact a local health care provider so that in case you get sick or become injured, you will have someone who can immediately respond to offer you assistance. You also need to secure the best travel insurance that offers medical coverage in case you caught sickness (e.g. malaria, yellow fever, dengue, diarrhoea, etc) or get injured doing dangerous physical activities (e.g. mountain climbing, skiing, horseback riding). You can call in your travel insurance agency and ask for assistance during these emergencies. Remember, the best travel insurance offers a 24-hour emergency service or provide you with direct contact to local health care personnel who can assist with your needs.

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