When you’re travelling abroad, the last thing you want to happen is to become seriously injured – but it does sometimes happen. There are many preventative measures that you can take in order to ensure that you don’t end up with a serious injury. Ensuring that you have submitted a European Health Insurance Card application if you’re travelling in Europe, and taking out healthcare and travel insurance no matter where you are in the world, can protect you if the worst was to happen. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 tips on how to avoid serious injury when abroad.
If you don’t know the roads very well, then you should either hop into a taxi, or simply drive a little bit slower that you would on roads that you do know. When you’re abroad, there are many hazards that you could be faced with such as rock slides on mountain roads, and torrential rains in rainforest areas. Learning the roads before you head out is exceptionally important – or you could leave the driving to someone who does. Also, if you’re out on the streets on a moped or quad bike, you should always make sure that you are wearing a helmet; even if the country’s law doesn’t require you to wear one. Many serious injuries and fatalities come from road accidents, so ensuring you are safe at all times is important.
Dressing like a tourist may be unavoidable in some places, where you know you definitely won’t fit in. However, constantly holding and looking at a map can leave you very unaware of your surroundings and what’s happening around you, which can make you vulnerable to local opportunists. Also, it is important to not wear expensive jewellery or carry around large amounts of money with you everywhere you go. Being a victim of a mugging or an attack can leave you with serious injury, so it is always better to make sure that you are aware at all times, and don’t carry anything valuable with you.
Violent Outbreaks At Destination
Many places in the world are exceptionally volatile, and if a war, political unrest, or multiple terrorist attacks have happened in or very close to your holiday destination, then it might be worth changing your travel plans. Most travel insurance won’t cover for violent outbreaks, but even if they do, it can still be exceptionally dangerous to still travel to that destination. If you’re a volunteer and you’ve been placed to work in a volatile area, make sure that you know what the safety precautions are before you go.
Stay Away From Extreme Sports
Extreme sports, although adrenaline pumping, can be extremely dangerous, particularly if held by unlicensed operators or in areas that you do not know very well. The simple way to avoid serious injury from activities such as paragliding, skydiving, jet-skiing and more is to not take part in it. If you do however, still want to take part in any extreme sports, make sure that you do your research first, so you know exactly what to expect. Knowing safety precautions and measures in the event of an emergency is also important, so make sure to find that out.
Prepare For Minor Injuries
Preparing for minor injuries can be the difference from a graze to a life-long condition. A small cut can lead to serious septicaemia if left untreated and it becomes infected, so being prepared to deal with a small injury can help you to avoid a more serious one. Carrying a first-aid pack with you, or knowing where to go if you need to find first aid quickly can make a huge difference. Preventing injuries by avoiding unfamiliar areas in the dark and wearing shoes on the beach can all help you to avoid more serious injuries, as a development of a minor injury. No matter how small the cut or graze, make sure to always treat it.