When going on vacation, part of the fun is unleashing yourself from the bonds of home life and responsibilities. However, there is still a little bit of home you should always take with you: your emergency contact list.
The following is a list of numbers you should ensure you take with you every time you go on vacation. If possible, take three copies of the list: keep one in your purse or wallet, one in your hotel room and one in your luggage. That way, a list should always be with you if you need it.
- The number for the emergency services in the country you are visiting.
It isn't always 911. For example, in England the emergency services number is 999, and in much of continental European it is 112. Always check for the country specifically before you leave and ensure you have the right number.
- The number for your local doctor.
In the unlikely event there is an accident and you or someone you are with requires hospital treatment, the doctors in the country you are visiting may need to liaise with your usual medical staff. This is particularly important if you have an on-going, chronic condition such as heart disease or asthma.
- Phone number, cell number and work number for your next of kin who is not traveling with you - even if you think you know them by heart.
- Your travel insurance policy number and claim line (if you have travel insurance).
- Your country's embassy phone number in the country you are visiting.