When you head out on a trip, you're usually prepared for a travel adventure and fun. Emergencies and disasters may be far from your mind. However, when you're away from home, it can be much harder to stay safe and self-sufficient in an emergency or a disaster situation. An unfamiliar area, unfamiliar people, unfamiliar resources, and possibly an unfamiliar language can leave you needing to rely on yourself more than ever. It's important to tuck an emergency kit stocked with essential supplies in your suitcase or carry-on bag. You never know when you might need an extra bandage, soap, or tweezers—or an emergency blanket, rain poncho, or whistle.
Travel can mean anything from a short weekend road trip to weeks on a cruise ship or months flying between countries. Whether you're on the road, at the airport or train station, or in a hotel or hostel, you may find yourself spending more time there than you planned, waiting for a delayed flight or dealing with unexpected events. Your emergency kit can help you Live Ready for whatever your trip brings.
Live Ready Tip: Stash some extra cash in the local currency and a map of the areas you'll visit in your travel emergency kit.
Live Ready Tip: Include a card with emergency contact information and a list of important phone numbers, such as for family, in your emergency kit. Include numbers for local consulates if you'll be traveling internationally.