If you’re preparing for a holiday this summer, you may be thinking about what to pack, and what you’re going to do when you get there. Planning ahead can help to eliminate last-minute stress and it may also help to reduce the risk of travel accidents, ensuring you stay safe whilst on holiday.
If you’re going away in the next few months, here are some tips to help you stay safe whilst on holiday.
What can I do before I go away to stay safe whilst on holiday?
There’s nothing worse than getting injured abroad when you’re supposed to be enjoying a well-earned rest. Before you go, there may be steps you can take to reduce the risk of holiday accidents and help you stay safe whilst on holiday. Examples include:
- Research the location of your hotel and make sure you know where the nearest doctor and hospital can be found
- Restock your first aid kit
- Ensure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medication you take
- Take out travel insurance and ensure your EHIC is up to date if you’re travelling in Europe
- Read reviews and recommendations from other travellers
- Make sure you have the relevant travel vaccinations if you’re going further afield; in some cases, you will need to book immunisations months in advance
Safety tips when you get there
Once you touch down on the airport tarmac, accidents are the last thing you want to think about. Bear these simple pointers in mind to reduce your risk of travel injuries:
- Pay attention to safety advice and warnings
- Take care when swimming and always ensure that you stick to safe areas and that children are supervised at all times
- Don’t run around the pool
- Leave valuables secured in your room safe and avoid carrying large amounts of cash on you
- Drink bottled water
- Avoid the midday sun and wear sunscreen; reapply frequently and go for a high factor if you have fair skin
In the unfortunate event that you get injured overseas, seek medical advice and check your insurance policy.
If you were involved in an accident abroad which wasn’t your fault, you may wish to claim
compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline for more information about making a no-win, no-fee* claim for travel accident compensation.
Our friendly advisors are ready to take your call on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice