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9 Must-Have Emergency Items for Traveling

You can never be too careful when you’re traveling on your own, or with friends and family. There’s no harm in bringing another Wifi Hotspot while traveling to another country, especially since access to the Internet is arguably one of the most important things that travelers should have.

Aside from that, there are so many more items that you can benefit from while traveling. Check out this list of must-have emergency items needed for traveling!


Plastic bags

As much as people want to be as eco-friendly as possible, plastic is still one of the best waterproof materials available wherever you go. For frequent travelers, it would be best to have at least one pack of it for when you need to waterproof a few of your other items such as electronics, clothes, and the like.

These can also serve as a small temporary container of liquids, food, and the like. Everyone should have this in their bag if they plan on traveling for a long period of time.


Make-shift First Aid Kit

Even the safest places in the world can be dangerous when you don’t have the right medication or knowledge of first aid with you. Be sure to have at least alcohol, some bandages, and some gauze with you at all times. If you can, bring some over-the-counter medication for conditions that you might get such as headaches, allergies, stomachaches and the like.


Extra Phone/Battery

Imagine traveling to a country that you’re not familiar with and your phone battery died. You have no way of communicating with your family or the people who were supposed to be with you. You probably don’t even know the number of the place where you’re staying because it was just saved in your phone.

In the world today, a person’s phone is their lifeline. When it’s turned off, they’ll be cut off from the rest of the digital world. It will be hard to contact them, and it will be hard for them to contact other people.

Having an extra phone, or a power bank will prevent this from happening, or at least prolong the time in which you can contact people to help you along the way.


Wifi Hotspot

It’s not easy to connect to a different country’s internet the traditional way, especially if you’re just there for a short while. A great alternative would be to get your own travel Wifi Hotspot and use that while traveling in that country. The best part is some Wifi Hotspots work anywhere you are in the world, as long as you set it to the right settings.


A WiFi hotspot can really be useful especially in emergency situations. Usually, when you travel, you won’t have any friends or relatives near you and your only mode of communication may only be through the internet. Travel WiFi hotspots are relatively cheap and costs depend on the length of time you will borrow the device.


Emergency Contact Cards

For the most unfortunate of circumstances, you might want to have emergency information cards with you and all of your items. This can help bring your items back to you when you lost them—assuming someone was able to find them somewhere safe.

On the other hand, it can also be used to help get you to safety, especially if you’re in a very unfamiliar place. People who visit countries where their relatives live can benefit from this a lot, especially when something bad happens to them, or if they get lost in a place where they don’t know the language is.


Extra Local Cash

Now you might be thinking that you don’t need this on your checklist because you already have this once you get to the place you are going, but it’s always important that you set aside some local cash for emergency purposes. This is extremely important for when you get lost or in accidents so you won’t need to exchange your money.


Swiss Knife

This tool has been around since World War II but it is still very popular because of its versatility. A Swiss Knife is an all-around tool that you can use for a variety of things. It is one of the must-have items when traveling and it is really useful for survival situations or just when you need a corkscrew to pop your champagne. Aside from a sharp knife and a corkscrew, a regular Swiss knife also has a bottle opener, scissors, and screwdriver and all of these can be useful for any situation.


A Swiss Knife is easy to carry and it should not take a lot of space to bring. It can easily fit inside your pocket. The only downside of this is that swiss knives are not allowed in airports so you might have to buy one once you get to your destination. But if you travel locally and you are only using a car, then you won’t have any problems bringing a Swiss knife around.


Water Purification Tabs

For some, this is optional, but water purification tabs are highly recommended to bring along on any trip. These are tabs that you can use to make sure that the water that you are drinking is safe. You will never know if there will be emergency situations that will make it hard for you to find food and clean water so water purification tabs are always handy. These won’t take too much space as well so you don’t have to worry about it fitting your backpack or luggage.


Energy Bars

Similar to the last item, energy bars are needed for extreme measures. When the time comes that you don’t have food or lost cash, energy bars come in handy and will keep your stomach from grumbling for at least a few hours. Again, this won’t take too much space and it can fit in your pocket.


Key Takeaway

Safety should be your top priority when you’re traveling. No matter where you are, there can be times when the weather is bad, or you’re in a tight spot, or you might just be outright lost somewhere you don’t know. If that happens, these 5 items might be the reason you find your way back to your tour group or your 

Erika Ann

Digital marketing specialist, content creator and marketer. Writer at EmpanadaBites

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