Are you looking forward to a summer holiday? Have you been counting down the days for as long as you can remember? If so, the last thing you want to think about travel accidents. Here are five essentials for an accident-free holiday.
5 essentials for an accident-free holiday
All of us dream of an accident-free holiday. Nobody wants to spend time in a hospital or cooped up in bed when they could be out soaking up the sun, splashing around or seeing the sights. Here are five essentials to help you enjoy an accident-free holiday:
- Suitable shoes: Slips, trips and falls are among the most common types of holiday accident. If you’re going away on holiday, you don’t want to end up with a twisted ankle or a broken wrist. Remember to pack suitable footwear. If you’re walking around the pool, or you’re hitting the beach, pack some comfortable shoes, which offer some grip. If you’re hiking or visiting ancient ruins, pack some walking shoes, and take extra care on uneven surfaces and rocky terrain.
- Flotation aids: If you’re not a strong swimmer, or you have children who are learning to swim, pack some flotation aids, or buy them when you arrive. Even shallow water can be dangerous and armbands and floats can help to ensure an accident-free holiday. Never leave children unsupervised in the pool and take extra care when paddling in the sea. Even calm-looking waters can be deceptively powerful.
- Travel insurance: Travel insurance may not prevent accidents abroad, but it can help to make it easier to deal with the aftermath if you encounter difficulties while you’re away. Always make sure you have valid travel insurance before you head off on holiday. It takes a matter of minutes to buy a policy online, and it could save you a lot of time, hassle and money if something does go wrong.
- Common sense: It sounds obvious, but we tend to take risks we wouldn’t normally take when we’re on holiday. Use your common sense when it comes to eating and drinking, looking after valuables and taking part in potentially dangerous activities. Don’t eat anything that isn’t served piping hot, and stick to bottled water. Choose reputable companies if you’re going skydiving or jet skiing. Don’t fall for tourist scams, and keep your valuables in your hotel safe.
- Driving skills: Driving abroad can be tricky, so you’ll need your best skills for an accident-free holiday. Take your time to get used to driving on the other side and pay attention to speed limits to avoid road traffic accidents.
Have you been injured abroad? Do you want to claim compensation? Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more about claiming travel accident compensation.
Date Published: October 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice