Planning a trip takes preparation, organization and a bit of open-mindedness. While some people prefer to create full itineraries and activity-packed schedules, others enjoy laidback excursions where you can eat, drink and relax as much as possible. No matter the type of vacation you book, traveling comes with its own set of challenges, including the possibility of an unexpected injury.
Although you’re probably hoping to come home with stories of great meals and new experiences, many travelers fall victim to accidents that can put a damper on their trips. If you’re abroad or in an unfamiliar area, an injury might ruin your plans and leave behind unexpected costs and frustration. While you can’t avoid every danger, it might help to make plans in the event of a crisis.
- Slips and falls — Too often, flip flops or sandals are no match for wet floors and puddles. Slipping on a wet or damp surface, especially near pools and freshly cleaned areas, could put you in danger of hitting your head, breaking a bone or twisting your ankle. Wear supportive shoes with enough grip to avoid sliding across the floor.
- Excursion injuries — If you plan to participate in more adventurous activities such as hiking, ziplining or jet skiing, be mindful of the safety guidelines. Book with reputable companies that have proper credentials, and listen to the experts.
- Sunburn — While it may be your intention to get a tan while on vacation, too much sun can be a bad thing. Using sunblock with a high SPF can serve as a barrier against harmful ultraviolet rays, especially if you are in direct sunlight between noon and 3 p.m., when the sun is at its peak.
- Food poisoning — On vacation, it can be exhilarating to indulge in every exotic meal that comes your way. However, food poisoning can be caused by bacteria, unclean water and ingredients stored at the wrong temperatures. At the first sign of sickness, hydrate and rest as much as possible. Severe symptoms could warrant a trip to the doctor for antibiotics.
- Assault — In extreme cases, you might be targeted as a tourist and mugged, pickpocketed or harassed. Don’t flash your jewelry or technology. Walk confidently and familiarize yourself with your surroundings to avoid looking out of place. Report any personal incidents and be alert.
Traveling is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and experience new sights, sounds and snacks. It can create lasting memories and give you a chance to bond with family and friends. However, being in a foreign place can be disorienting and even scary in the event of an emergency. For more information on how to prepare for an injury while traveling and what to do if an injury takes place, check out our infographic.
Author bio: Donald J. Nolan is a nationally acclaimed lawyer and founder of Nolan Law Group, which has become one of the nation’s most prestigious and well-recognized plaintiff firms. In the area of aviation law, Nolan has represented the rights of victims and families in air disasters around the world. His work has led to the redesign of several safety systems and defective components of major commercial and general aviation aircraft.
Provided by Nolan Law Group a Chicago brain injury law firm