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Travel Emergency List for Spring Break

March Break, Easter Break, Spring Break – whatever you call it, it’s a time when many people like to travel and take a little vacation. Spring Break planning is underway for many families (and of course students) in North America right now.

While making your Spring Break travel arrangements, be sure you also get together a list of emergency information that you might need while you’re away. Having a list like this handy at the time of a crisis or unexpected circumstance can save time, frustration, and maybe even lives.

Here is some information you might want to include in your Travel Emergency List (for Spring Break, or any other travel):

Your home address and phone number: where you usually/regularly live – your permanent address.

Local contact: name and telephone numbers (home and cell) of someone in the place you’re visiting, if you have one – perhaps your hotel or the people you are staying/touring with.

Next of kin: name & phone numbers (home and cell) of relative who would be important to contact in an emergency.

Other emergency contacts: names and phone numbers of anyone else that should or could be contacted in case of emergency – other relatives, neighbors, pastors, house-sitter, friends.

Healthcare/insurance numbers: phone numbers for your insurance companies as well as personal health numbers and insurance policy information for each member of your family, including your travel insurance info, travel medical insurance info, trip insurance info, or if travelling by car (even renting a car) have your car insurance information accessible as well.

Physicians/Specialists: name and phone number of your regular doctor’s office, and an after-hours number as well, if possible, and contact info for any doctor/practicians you see regularly for ongoing care.

Special conditions/allergies and equipment/medication: list all medical conditions (including allergies) and all medications for each family member, especially medications such as inhalers, Epi-pens, insulin, etc., as well as important equipment such as blood glucose monitors, CPAP machines and the like.

Passport numbers and embassy/consulate information for the countries you will be traveling in: if you are traveling abroad – having these contacts may prove useful, especially if you lose your passport, and knowing where to go during an emergency in a foreign country is very important. Having copies of your important travel documents might also be a good idea.

Every family’s (or traveler’s) emergency travel list will include slightly different information. You can add to or change the list for your particular situation, modifying the examples listed here.

Prepare ahead of time – gather your info into a list like this before you travel – so you have one fewer reason to panic in the event of an emergency while traveling. Having this kind important information in a convenient form, and kept in an easily accessible location with you while you travel, makes it easier to get to and share it when it’s needed. You won’t be sorry that you took the time to compile this info if you do happen to experience some unfortunate unexpected events during your trip!