You never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you have to call on your survival instincts. If this does happen, it’s a good idea what to do and what to avoid. You could drink rain water, for example, but it’s inadvisable to drink from a freshwater stream.
If you’re planning the adventure of a lifetime, you may be reading up on survival tips and how to deal with travel accidents. It’s always wise to plan ahead, especially if you’re going to a far-flung or remote location.
Why you cant drink from a freshwater stream
You’re abroad, you’re parched, and you haven’t got a bottle of water with you, you may be thinking about having a drink from a freshwater stream. This is not a good idea.
If you drink from a freshwater stream, there is a risk of contamination. You may be subject to water-borne diseases and there is also a risk that you’re drinking water which contains animal and bird faeces.
When you drink from a freshwater stream, there may also be harmful organisms living in the water supply. Ingesting water could cause you to feel ill. Stomach upsets are particularly common after drinking water which has not been purified.
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to drink water and you don’t have bottled water or a tap with running water close by, you can boil water or use purifying tablets. Try and avoid having a drink from a freshwater stream or a stagnant lake, if possible.
If you’re going on the kind of adventure that may result in you being marooned for days, it’s wise to carry a comprehensive survival kit with you.
Dealing with travel accidents
If you’ve been injured abroad, try and seek help as quickly as possible. Always make sure you have travel insurance before you go away. This will cover the cost of medical treatment you require while you’re overseas.
Should you experience an accident overseas and you were not to blame, you may have a case for travel accident compensation.
If you have proof that your holiday injuries occurred as a result of somebody else’s negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline now.
We have more than 15 years of experience in the personal injury claims industry. We work on a no-win, no-fee* basis and most of our clients never have to go to court.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to discuss your travel accident claim.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice