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Staying Safe and Secure on Vacation

June 13, 2016 Blog,Personal injury

Vacation season is here – and millions of Americans are taking to the roads, skies or seas in search of some summer fun. In fact, according to AAA, a third of Americans will take a family vacation this year. Read More.

But a dream vacation can turn into a nightmare if someone gets sick or injured while traveling. To avoid inconvenience – or tragedy – travelers should follow these tips to prevent illness (Safety Tips) as well as adhere to some safety pointers, including:

  • Know when to seek medical help. Reasons to seek immediate help include a bite from an animal, reptile or bird; a car accident; sexual assault or physical attack or a fever over 102.
  • Drink plenty of clean water or other fluids to replace any lost body fluids (usually caused by diarrhea).
  • Contact the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you think you need assistance. Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens.
  • In the event of a disaster while traveling overseas, follow the instructions of emergency responders and monitor the U.S. Embassy, U.S. State Department as well as Voice of America news broadcasts for information or announcements.
  • Contact family, friends or your employer as soon as possible after a disaster to keep them informed of your location and health status.
  • Some areas are prone to certain natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or tsunamis. To find out if your destination is at a higher risk for certain natural disasters, visit

Most importantly, prepare well in advance for emergencies. Vacations can take months to plan and save for, but can be ruined in an instant. Research and consider a travel insurance plan – which can include valuable medical and trip interruption coverage and more. Another option: an emergency travel service membership with MedJet Assist., which can help in the event of a medical emergency, domestically or internationally.

In addition there are a few sources that can help travelers locate medical care abroad, including:

For more general information on travel safety, visit