When you travel, the last thing you think about is getting injured on vacation. However, it happens quite a bit. Many people participate in more risky activities (bungee jumping, zip lining, or scuba diving), drink alcohol, or just are the victim of a freak accident. The key to surviving a vacation injury is preparation. Todd R. Durham as put together this basic guide on what to do when you are injured on vacation.
Purchase Travel Insurance
This seems like common sense, but many people do not purchase additional travel insurance. Being injured on vacation is not cheap, and you can run up quite a medical bill abroad. It is relatively cheap to purchase and there are a lot of policy options.
Bring Information When You Travel
When you go on vacation, bring health and medical related information with you. Have phone numbers of your regular doctors, recent medication list, and your vaccination record.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Pack a kit that includes an antibiotic, anti-diarrheal, antihistamine, and painkillers. These basic meds will be lifesavers if you being ill or injured while you are on vacation.
Use Common Sense
If you are in an area where modern medical care is nowhere to be found, do not let local doctors use traditional medicine. We aren’t talking about bandages, but rather weird teas or ointments that may take time away from getting more effective medical care.
Ask for Help
Find your hotel’s concierge and request assistance to get you to the closest hospital. Many hotels have extensive experience in assisting customers in getting aid for injuries.
Help at Home
After you get home, touch base with your regular doctors. If your injury was caused by the negligence of another, you will want to speak to an attorney and see what your options are.