Recently there has been increasing fear surrounding international travel. Sadly, some people panic, and end up avoiding international travel altogether. Of course, emergency travel situations do come up, and these can only be made easier by having an emergency response plan. In these cases it is important to have access to emergency travel information. Here are some simple steps to make accessing your travel information a smooth process in an emergency.
Before embarking on international travel, you should prepare all the documents you might need. Gather all items that could be useful in a foreign country. Of course you will carry the physical copies of many of these items with you, such as your passport and credit cards. However, due to threats like theft and natural disaster, you should also have an emergency action plan.
Store Documents on an Online Account
Get an online document storage account. This functions as an online travel wallet and provides a secure, convenient and accessible place to store all travel documents and information you might need. You can choose to scan your documents and upload them to the website or you can simply type in relevant numbers and information into your secure account. Once you input all this information in your account, you are ready to travel.
Access your Information
If you do find yourself in a travel emergency, and need access to your online document storage account, there are a few different ways to do this.
o Simply log into your online account from any computer with internet access. From here you can view all your travel documents and print out a Wallet Report, Medical Report or copy of your passport.
o If you have an iPhone, ensure that your service provider allows you to download the application to have access to your travel documents and travel information any time you need it. As long as you have your iPhone, this is a very convenient way to access travel documents.
o If you were to encounter a health-related problem, the In Case of Emergency or I.C.E. card, which comes with some of these services, is helpful. The card should be stored in your wallet and includes basic identification and a code for medical personnel to access your vital health information.