Safety expert shares vacation essentials including zip lock bags

A safety expert has shared his top tips on holiday essentials for emergencies and why it’s worth adding ziplock bags and a flashlight to your packing list

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A safety expert has shared some holiday packing tips

Whether you are planning big vacation adventures in remote locations or simply family holiday In sun-soaked short-haul hotspots, it’s wise to make sure you have some travel essentials with you in case something goes wrong.

With the rise of unpredictable climatic events like storms, floods and wildfires, we asked security expert Frank Harrison from the aid organization World Travel Protection about his most important travel essentials.

He said: “When faced with an emergency, your first reaction must be your personal safety.

“If possible, notify someone on your contact list or your travel agent. Your next consideration is a quick check of what is happening and if you can stay safe.”

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Emergency Contact Details

Save them clearly on your smartphone. Use the acronym ICE (In Case of Emergency) in front of critical contacts and number them by importance ICE1, ICE2.

Passport Biography Page, Visa and ICE

Consider laminating a list of your emergency contacts and scanning a copy of your passport and visas.

If you store them on your smart device and lose access, secure prints can come in handy in a crisis or emergency, especially during an evacuation.

Travel assistance app on home screen

Make sure your travel assistance provider’s emergency app isn’t stored in a folder with multiple other apps. It must be standalone to facilitate identification and activation on a device’s home screen. It is important to be easy to find and to hand.

USB rechargeable mini LED flashlight

Flashlights are always useful and a USB rechargeable flashlight takes the worry out of dead batteries.

Freezer bag with zipper

A few of these can save you from having a ruined phone or documents in adverse conditions, and can provide a clean water storage solution.

Rechargeable replacement power supply

For your laptop and a cell phone, bring the largest power adapter that is convenient even considering the weight and volume.

There are solar-powered options for charging, but if cost is a factor, look to capacity rather than features and aesthetics.

Basic First Aid Kit

A basic first aid kit might come in handy


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A standard camping or pharmacy first aid kit should suffice. If in doubt, ask a pharmacist for advice.

Dual SIM non-smartphone

The more ways you have to communicate in an emergency, the better.

Dual SIM gives you access to different networks, especially in regions that are less developed and where data services are unreliable or unavailable due to crises.

Wide Mouth Water Bottle

In some crisis events, this can be used as a protective cover for valuables and documents, and as a floating item in a backpack if needed.

Prepaid credit/debit card and cash

Try to make sure you can cover at least three days’ expenses. Ideally enough to secure flight or vehicle transport to the nearest safe airport in a large scale crisis or emergency event.

Frank added that in the event of a major crisis, you should consider whether to take shelter or evacuate yourself.

He said: “When there are more people than resources, such as critical medical facilities; when food supplies and civilian utilities are compromised; or if there are breakdowns in civil society and hostile actors are present, you may have to evacuate.

“It is often advisable to evacuate early to distance yourself from the event and then reassess the situation once you are safe.”

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