Are you planning to travel abroad for work or pleasure? Undoubtedly you have a list as long as your arm of things to do, to pack or to buy before you set off on your travels. But just how high is safety up the list of priorities? Read on to find out about some key areas of personal safety you need to consider when travelling.
Whilst flying is one of the safest forms of transportation, driving in foreign countries can pose all sorts of problems. To avoid unnecessary injury, you should firstly ensure that you feel confident to drive a hire car before taking it out on the roads. Make sure you only drive on well lit roads and ensure that you follow the country’s guidelines on road safety. For instance, in most countries in Europe you must have a high-vis jacket, warning triangle and first aid kit in the boot of your car in case of a breakdown, as well as headlamp adjustors. It is necessary to take precautions when using other forms of transport. For instance, hold your bag tightly and keep all your personal belongings to hand when travelling by train or bus. Valuables should be stored in a waist wallet which goes underneath your clothes and handbag zips should be closed at all times. Ensure you travel with other people you know after dark and that you carry both a map of the area and the address of the hotel you are staying in. Avoid wearing excessive jewellery and do not carry large amounts of cash if at all possible.
Slips, Trips and Falls
To minimise the risk of injury whilst staying in your hotel, there are several steps you can take. Firstly, take extra care when walking up or down narrow or old stairways. Always keep windows and doors locked and be wary around balconies and full length glass windows – they will not necessarily be reinforced. Use bath mats on the bathroom floor and non-slip bath mats inside your shower. Ensure you are aware of the fire escape procedure and that you know where the nearest fire extinguisher is in relation to your room. If you would like to find out more about claiming personal injury compensation, First Personal Injury solicitors will be more than happy to help.
When travelling abroad, always ensure you have full travel insurance, including medical insurance. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of pounds for even minor injuries. People with any medical conditions need to bring enough medication for the whole trip, plus some spare. It is also useful to bring a copy of your medical notes just in case. Pregnant women are advised to seek the advice of their doctor before heading abroad. They should also check with the airline or ferry line they are travelling on. By reflecting on these points before you commence your journey, you should be best placed to have an enjoyable, peaceful holiday, or a productive working trip.