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7 Tips For Traveling During a Crisis

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | September 20, 2016

7 Tips For Traveling During a Crisis

Photo via Flickr/Clive Darra. 

A crisis can occur anywhere at any time, and travelers who are far from home are particularly vulnerable. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your trip goes smoothly regardless of the situation.

Here are seven tips to consider before you leave home:


In a crisis situation it pays to know your destination. Research before you go and pinpoint the nearest U.S. Embassy if traveling internationally. This way, you know exactly where to go in a crisis situation and aren't left scrambling.

Enroll in STEP

During the research process travelers should also consider registering for the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Members will not only receive relevant updates on the condition of their destination but will also have someone looking out for them in the event of an emergency.

Find the Exit

Whether you're at the airport or inside of your hotel room, always be sure to identify the nearest exit in case of an emergency. From there, you can develop your exit plan. 

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Stay Informed

While the point of vacation is to relax, travelers would be wise to stay updated on what's happening in the world. Check out the local news and make sure there's no danger. Or, set up alerts in your various news apps for the locations on your trip. 

Keep Your Information Close By

In an emergency situation, it's key that you be able to identify yourself so make sure to keep your ID or passport close by. It's also helpful to keep a list of emergency contacts on your person in case you get separated from your phone. 

Bring More Than Enough Medication

If you're traveling with medicine make sure you bring more than enough to last the length of your trip. Flight delays and cancellations happen, and you can always bring home what you don't use.

Get Health Insurance

Make sure your health insurance still covers you if traveling overseas or purchase supplemental insurance. It'll come in handy in case of a medical emergency. 


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