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Being Prepared for Any Emergency while Traveling

safety-firstIt’s not something that a lot of people want to talk about: emergencies while traveling. When you are traveling, especially to an incredible vacation destination like Mombasa, Kenya, the last thing you want to think about is an emergency.

However, no matter how well you plan things out, or how much you’re looking forward to any vacation or trip away from home, whether it’s an hour away to visit friends or relatives or halfway around the world, emergencies can happen.

We don’t wish any type of emergency situation to affect you or your vacation in Mombasa, but being prepared can minimize its impact on you and the rest of your family.

First and foremost, make sure that you have cash on hand for almost any situation. It’s great to have credit cards and an ATM card, but in the event of a massive power failure whether you are in an airport or in Mombasa, it’s best to have plenty of cash on hand. Just make sure you don’t carry all of your cash in one place. Disperse it between different pants pockets, your carry-on luggage, a wallet, your spouse’s pocketbook, and other places.

Second, make sure you have emergency contact information written down on a piece of paper. You can certainly keep this stored in your phone, but that’s not going to help you in the event that it is lost, broken, or the power has died on the batteries.

Have basic first aid materials with you. It’s best to place any of these items in checked baggage rather than trying to carry it on. Some first aid materials will not be permitted on planes today. These first aid items should include basic Band-Aids, a bandage, aspirin, and maybe even a cold compress. You can usually find all of these items throughout Mombasa, but in the event of a cut, bruise, or injury while you are traveling, it’s nice to have it with you.

Finally, make sure you know the phone number and exact address for the hotel where you will be staying in Mombasa. In the event of an emergency, it can be difficult to remember this information off the top of your head. Write it down, place it in your smart phone, and have it with you at all times. This can help a taxi driver or emergency personnel reach you or bring you back to the hotel in the event of any type of emergency.

Being prepared is just good sense whether you are heading to work for another week or going away on vacation.