When you head out on vacation you’re ready to have a great time. You’ve planned your days at Disney Parks, or which hikes you’ll take in Yosemite; no matter where you travel, an emergency is probably the last thing on your mind. Instead, make it the first thing on your mind so that if an emergency does happen, your vacation isn’t derailed. Here are five numbers you should have in your phone or wallet when you’re traveling.
- Roadside Emergency Numbers
If you’re taking a road trip you need to be prepared for a roadside emergency. Joining AAA isn’t a bad idea and paying for a Premier membership with 200-mile towing can keep a breakdown from crushing your vacation budget. Even if you don’t go with a membership like AAA, be prepared. Write down the number for car key duplication Orlando or towing services Yosemite.
- Local Emergency Number
Taking a plane instead of a car? Make sure you know the local number for emergency services. Most people know 911, but 911 isn’t universal. Check a list of emergency numbers against your destinations and set them up in contacts before you go. Most smartphones can now be used worldwide and the emergency service of the country you are visiting will still be able to receive your call as long as you know the number to dial.
- Local Hospital or Urgent Care
Sometimes you have a medical issue that doesn’t quite rise to the level of a 911 call but you need help. Knowing where the local hospital or urgent care is can save you time and hassle. On a road trip this may not be possible, but if you have a destination vacation, find out your options. Also, call your insurance company to find out about your coverage while you’re away from home.
In case you can’t get back to work due to an emergency, it is always helpful to have your boss’s number or at least a coworker’s. Make sure you have a job to come back to by keeping them in the loop.
Finally, have the number of a neighbor you can call if you are delayed. If they’ve been getting your mail, you can make sure they know that you’re safe and you still need some help.
Consider that you may lose your phone so keep these numbers in two phones and write them down if possible. With these five numbers, an emergency won’t mean you’re out of control.