Be prepared for travel emergencies by packing these essentials:
- Take all passports with you.
- Keep a copy of your itinerary, including contact numbers of hotels, and people with whom you will meet.
- Take a list of friends’ and loved ones’ phone numbers in case of emergency.
- Keep medications, hearing devices, and prescription eyewear with you at all times. Keep a copy of all prescriptions, and backup eyewear, in your luggage. Keep extra medication with you, in case you are delayed.
- If you have special needs or allergies, keep a detailed list of your needs to give to someone who can help in an emergency. Keep snacks on hand, in case you are delayed.
- Pack extra cash in a safe place other than your wallet for unexpected fees or other expenses.
- Bring your smartphone, or other mobile device, but carry a paper backup of important information described in this article.
- Pack a compact, easy-to-carry first aid kit. Be sure its contents are fresh and complete.
- Bring a guidebook. Remember that you are responsible for understanding the laws of any state or foreign country you visit.
- Bring a map and compass for the area where you will travel.
- Bring appropriate clothing and good walking shoes. You may need them longer than you planned.
- Keep an extra copy of your driver’s license, passport, or other identification with you. Store it in a secure location other than your wallet in case of loss or theft.
Important Note: Check the “Travel Resources List” in this eBook for travel resources and more information on what to take with you when you travel.