Traveling Abroad

Traveling Outside of BC

Even among the most seasoned travellers, setbacks and mishaps happen while travelling or when abroad.  To lessen the impact when disasters/issues strike you can be prepared.

The first thing that I do when trying to assess how to proactively prepare for an unfortunate disaster or mishap is to list as many potential events as possible while traveling.  If you are driving to your destination then you have the luxury of having your vehicle to carry extra prep gear compared to traveling by plane.

Traveling without your vehicle

If you and your family are traveling by plane to your destination you will have limited space to carry preparedness gear so you have to really consider what to bring.  You will be limited by the type of gear you can bring as well, especially if you want to take it on board the plane with you, so let’s assume you can pack some gear in your ‘checked’ baggage.

Firstly, it depends on where in the world you are traveling.  Are you going to suburban region that might pose personal security threats or are you heading out into the wilderness somewhere that you might find yourselves unprepared for the environment.

Keeping safe in a suburban setting

Here are some things to consider doing proactively while in an unfamiliar city:

  • 911Find out the ‘911’ equivalent in this area.  911 is only used in North America.


  • Make a list in the language of the region of potential common requests in case of an emergency:
    • My husband is injured, can you call for help?
    • Please direct us to the nearest hospital, doctor, or clinic.
    • We have been robbed, can you help us?



  • On a card that can be easily found or seen, write your name, emergency contact info of your traveling partner, and hotel you are staying at, in case you fall ill, injure yourself, or lose consciousness.  Maybe tape it to the back of your phone and then it can also be used in case you lose your phone and a good samaritan finds it and contacts you.