Login | Register | Subscribe to the GG RSS Feed

Illinois Earthquake – Are Travelers Prepared For Disaster?

Keep an emergency kit for travelling too!

The Illinois earthquake has no reported damage or injuries as of first thing this morning, but it’s a strong enough quake that anything could have happened. We're all smart about emergency preparedness at home (especially since disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina) but do you think the same way when you travel?

Ready for Anything!Ready for Anything!My house has a kit, ready and waiting for disaster to strike (although I hope it doesn’t) but my travelling kit is usually just a passport and credit cards. Not enough to keep me alive if things really go wrong.

I challenged myself to come up with a better plan for the future.

It turns out that adapting an emergency kit for travel is a really smart step to take. And most of it comes in handy, (since you probably won’t need it anyway)

Ready America the government’s emergency preparedness advisors, suggest that in your home you should have a substantial kit to stay safe. You can’t bring it all on vacation, but you can adapt it to your packing style.

Water: Keep 3 days worth at home, or at least a liter on vacation. It’s easy to keep with you all the time (and you should drink plenty on vacation anyway).

Food: A few energy bars take up practically no room, they won’t keep you going for three days, but it’s better than nothing ; leave them in the hotel room if you have to (it’s ok to break into them for breakfast or a snack – just remember to replace them the same day).

First Aid Kit: Try to keep a tiny one in your purse, it’s easier than buying band aids on the go, and important if something goes wrong.

Other supplies: You should keep a radio, flashlight, whistle, and dust mask, shelter and sanitation supplies at home – but pick and choose what to bring when you’re on vacation. It all fits in the trunk for car trips, but might not be worth the room in your carry-on (bonus – a flashlight means you can find your way to the hotel light switch without getting nasty bruises).

Documents: Passport, id, cash, cards, maps and addresses of the consulate or embassy if you’re overseas. Make sure someone at home knows where you are, and that you have their contact information written down. You might forget it in an emergency, or be injured and unable to speak.

It sounds like a lot of extra stuff, but adding an emergency kit to your packing list won’t drag you down. And you’ll be thankful if it saves your life.

Related Stories

Rate This post

Post new comment




GoGirlfriend Recommendations

Travel Planning

Fodors
Lonely Planet
Frommers

Register

Membership is free and with it you can set up a profile, vote on stories and post your opinions.

Already a member?
Login

Not a member? Join!
Register


Most Recent Comments

  • On Lesbian Adventure Travel, Debbie Clarke said "If you're considering New Zealand, then New Zealand Awaits is lesbian owned and operated (yes I'm the founder, owner, and guide). We run active and not so active tours for lesbians, as well as some LGBTQ mixed trips. We create itineraries for travellers wanting to self drive, and we have private guides. Come see us! "
  • On Lesbian Adventure Travel, ELLA Travel said "Thanks for the great article!! If you're travelling to Europe check the ELLA International Lesbian Festival (ellafestival.com) and ELLA Travel (ella-travel.com), organising lesbian events and trips! "
  • On 5 Nudist Resorts that Will Blow Your Mind, John Ruze said "Hi Julia, There is a brand new, very popular nudist resort you should think about reporting on in your next article about naturism. It is the New Terra Cotta Clothing Optional Resort and Spa in sunny Palm Springs, California.. The original Terra Cotta Inn was a fantastic nude resort. Repeat guests from around the world stayed there. TCI was sold in Nov 2015 and greatly missed. Well, this July 2017, it was revived at a new location in Palm Springs. The site is HotelTerraCotta.com. Guests are super happy. It's perfect for couples and girlfriend getaways. And Tom and Mary Clare from the original Terra Cotta Inn work with us, so it has the same relaxing, fun feel. "
  • On The Best Naturist Resorts in Ontario, Dennis Wilson said "Love the freedom feeling going nude . 1st time ever was at freedom fields ranch near Tamworth On,Hector & Eyvon are super hosts ,hope to visit this summer but want to learn of more places to visit."
  • On An Open Letter to Hotels Everywhere, Lynn said "I agree on the night light thing. Since hotels have none, I end up keeping the bathroom light on all night with the door ajar. Windows. I understand in the litigious US of A, hotels need to prevent folks from throwing themselves out the windows (or else the hotel could be sued?!!). Ok, fine. But for those of us who dislike A/C and only use it when absolutely necessary, can't we still have the option for some FRESH AIR? There ARE ways to allow windows to open up only so much, while at the same time preventing an entire body from throwing itself out the window. Bedskirts. Am I the only one who gets the skeevies when I see hotel beds with bedskirts that hit the floor? I always had images of food crumbs, bugs, and god only knows what...as being hidden behind that bedskirt. I'd much rather a bedskirt that's at least 2" above the (usually carpetted) floor. Towels. Can't we get nicer towels that don't feel like cardboard? Carpetting. Am I the only one who never walks barefoot in a hotel room ...esp when there's carpet? Blech. I'm sure those things are very rarely cleaned. "


Blogs We Love

beautiful Vancouver, British ColumbiaCheck out our GoGirlfriend Facebook page to follow us as we seek new adventures and create memories in our own part of the world.








Advertisement