Traveler’s Emergency Information List
Every traveler should carry an Emergency Travel Information List with vital information on it in an easily accessible location. Having this list handy at the time of a crisis can save time, frustration, and even lives.
Emergency Travel Information List
Some things you might consider including in your Emergency Travel Information List include, but are not limited to:
- Personal address: Home address and phone number of your regular residence - often called your permanent address.
- Next of kin: name, phone number, and possibly email address, of a relative who would be important to contact in an emergency.
- Physician: name of your physician, phone number of your doctor’s office, and possibly an after-hours number as well.
- Other emergency contacts: name and phone number of anyone else that might be contacted in case of emergency – neighbors, pastors, friends.
- Health care / insurance numbers: phone number for your insurance contact as well as personal health numbers or insurance policy numbers for each member of the family, including your travel insurance information, or if travelling by car have your car insurance information accessible as well.
- Special conditions and equipment/medication: list all medical conditions and all medications, especially medications such as Epi-pens, inhalers, etc., as well as important equipment such as cpap machines or blood glucose monitors and such.
- Passport number(s): in case you lose your passport, this information will prove useful for starting the replacement process, and may help provide information to authorities who require the lost passport.
- Immunization records: list of all immunizations received and dates received.
- Local contact: name and phone number of someone close by in the country of travel, if you have one – perhaps your hotel or the people you are staying/touring with.
- Travel itinerary: a full detailed list of your travel itinerary - including flight details, rental cars, tours, etc., - so you can carry it with you and present it if electronic communications are interrupted.
- Accommodations details: name, address, phone number, and applicable confirmation numbers for your where you will be staying.
- Embassy/consulate contacts for the countries you will be traveling in: knowing where to go if you lose your passport, need special assistance, or during an emergency in a foreign country is very important.
Every traveler’s list includes slightly different information. You can tailor the list for your particular situation. The info listed here is just one example.
Having this important information in a convenient format makes it easier to access and share when needed. Put the info into a list like this ahead of time– so you don’t have to think too hard in case of an emergency while travelling. Also, have the list in a place that is easy to get to. You won't regret taking these steps to be prepared for an emergency while you're travelling.
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Here is some basic information you probably want to include in your Emergency Contact Information List (not necessarily in this order, though this can be used as a general guideline).