How to Prevent Common Travel Disasters

How to Prevent Common Travel Disasters
How to Prevent Common Travel Disasters
Traveling can be an incredibly fun and exciting adventure which can turn into a disaster in a blink of an eye. Those who travel often will tell you that there will always be at least one minor inconvenience on each and every trip, and that it’s best to be prepared for it. Adventure turned nightmare is a common scenario which can be made worse if you panic and don’t know what to do. Sometimes things are just out of your hands, but there are things you can do to make sure the chances of travel disasters are reduced to a minimum. 

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Lost passport

One of the worst things that can happen to you is to have your passport stolen/lost/misplaced. Before you start panicking, make sure you’ve checked everywhere – in every bag and in every drawer. If it’s still missing, first you need to contact the police and your local embassy. You’ll have to go to the embassy to apply for an emergency passport to get you back home. This is a handy solution but it’s only valid for a short time (up to a year at most) and as soon as you get back home you’ll have to apply for a new passport. The easiest thing is to make a digital copy of your travel documents and keep them close, it will help facilitate the process of having your documents replaced.

Stuck in traffic

Being stuck in traffic is an everyday thing, and you should always try not to worry about it until there’s a plane, train, or a bus to catch and you’re about to be late. To avoid being late for your flight, always try to leave really early, even if that means having to spend an extra-boring hour at the airport. There are some airlines that require that you’re present at the gate one or even two hours before departure, so if you happen to be even five minutes late, you won’t be able to board the plane. If you end up stuck in traffic, don’t hesitate – call the airline immediately. If you don't call them and you end up missing your flight, your ticket loses all its value. If it looks like you’ll be able to make it, the airline won’t allocate your seat to a standby passenger but instead will likely hold onto it for a while.

Lost luggage

If you end up waiting for your luggage for more than an hour, there’s a chance that it’s lost. It happens often, and if you really don’t want to go through it, simply don’t check a bag. Imagine that the airline loses your bag and you have to wait for it for a few days. What are the things you would like to have in your carry-on? Always pack all important documents (passport, insurance info, and itineraries) in your carry-on, along with anything else of value (money, jewellery, credit cards, medications, etc.). Also, pack one extra outfit along with a pair of underwear and socks.

Running out of gas

When driving a car, one of the worst things that can happen is running out of gas in the most inconvenient time and place. You should always have a canister with a couple of liters of fuel in your trunk. If you don’t have it, you can also call emergency petrol delivery who will be able to get to you at any time and any day, and bring you enough fuel until you get to the nearest gas station. 
No matter how hard we try, sometimes we just can’t stop disasters and accidents from happening. The best thing we can do is be prepared and not panic even if something unexpected happens, and always have travel insurance. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling to the nearby town or to a different country, you’ll need help, and it’s best if you’re calm and composed. Try not to worry too much and enjoy your trip instead.

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