Do you think about injuries while traveling?
When you get ready for a big trip, whether it is for business or vacation, a lot of planning is involved. Most of us don’t plan for injuries while traveling, or even think about them.
Unfortunately, they do happen. You can’t avoid every danger, but you can have a plan if something happens. Your health insurance will cover you somewhat where you are, but a medical emergency plan will transport you back home. In the case of an unexpected injury, you will want to be treated by your own doctors, in your own hometown, where friends and family are near. Health insurance doesn’t provide that.
Top Most Common Injuries While Traveling
The combination of not being familiar with rental cars, different traffic laws, and not knowing your way around leads to a lot of traffic accidents and injuries while traveling.
It’s also important to pay attention if you are walking or riding a bike.
Related: Rental Car Accident: What do I do?
We are often in a hurry when we are traveling; trying to make our plane or train. Rushing leads to more trips and falls. So does wearing improper foot wear. Sandals and flip flops cause a lot of accidents, especially on unfamiliar terrain. Take care of your feet and they will take care of you.
We are often outside more on vacation. Plus, many of us travel to warmer climates for a relaxing holiday. Be sure to use proper sunscreen, stay out of the sun if you get really hot, take breaks indoors, wear proper clothing, and drink lots of water.
A note of caution: Travelers also tend to drink more alcohol on vacation. Alcohol plus sun and heat can lead to dehydration and heatstroke. Be sure to increase your water intake as your alcohol consumption increases.
Dehydration can also happen when we are more active. Hikes, walking tours, swimming, and other vacation activities can add up to dehydration and exhaustion. Listen to what your body is telling you. If you are thirsty, drink water! Get in the habit of carrying a water bottle with you wherever you go. This could also save you quite a bit of money.
We often try things on vacation that we don’t normally do at home. For example:
- water skiing
- jet skiing
- zip lining
- prolonged swimming/sunbathing
Be sure to get proper instructions before trying anything. Listen to the instructor and use all safety equipment that is available to you.
Accidents Do Happen
If you are traveling more than 150 miles away from home, and especially in a foreign country, be sure to have a medical emergency plan.