How To Be Prepared For A Family Holiday

Every now and then I get a get press release land in my inbox that really strikes a a cord with me – and anything that helps people be prepared for a family holiday is always of interest to me.

How To Be Prepared For A Family Holiday

I feel very passionate about people knowing more about what they are buying when they purchase their holiday travel insurance. Having needed our travel insurance companies support when our car was stolen in Dunkirk a few years back, and subsequently finding out we were very poorly covered by said policy, I have set about looking into how insurance companies can be more transparent when selling their wares.

According to according to AIG Ireland, the most common claims in the last five years are costly medical bills (32%), holiday cancelation (31%), lost baggage (16%) and claims for delayed departures (6%).

How To Be Prepared For A Family Holiday – 5 Simple Steps!

Check Your Travel Insurance Policy

Make sure you know what you are covered for and what you are not.  Is there a limit on how much you can claim per item? Anything Apple/iPhone are often covered under a separate clause I find, so double check that too.

Make a list of the insurance company phone line and your policy number and send it to a trusted friend before you leave – this can be a life-saver when you are in a emergency induced panic.

Learn Local Phrases

When travelling you will find that locals don’t expect you to be an expert in their language, but knowing how to say “hello,” “goodbye,” and “thank you” goes a long way.

Knowing a few key phrases will not only make your life easier, it will also help you when you bargain for goods, order food, get lost, or need help. There are some great iPhone apps that you can download to help with this.

Pack A First Aid Kit

Our basic first aid family kit includes:

  • antiseptic
  • painkillers
  • wound-cleaning gauze
  • sterile dressings
  • bandage tape
  • plasters
  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • thermometer
  • antihistamines
  • sunburn treatment
  • insect repellent
  • insect bite treatment
  • medication for pre-existing medical conditions

Take Emergency Cash & Cards

While you are almost always sure to find an ATM nearby these days, you never know when emergency cash/cards may come in handy. Sometimes you may find that none of your cards are working in the ATM, or your bank might decide to lock your account for suspicious activity without telling you!

I don’t advise carrying this money around with you, just leave it in your hotel room safe in case something happens.

Have A List of Emergency Contacts/Information

If something happens to you or a member of your family, having a list of emergency numbers on you will help you know who to contact. I tend to email copies of all important info to my mum (such a grown up!) and also have a folder in my emails where all my paperwork is stored.

Having copies of your documents can also come really in handy during an emergency. If you get robbed or lose your passport (as we did when our car was stolen), having copies of the original to show local officials can make filing police reports and obtaining new documents much easier.

How To Be Prepared For A Family Holiday is a partnered post, all views are my own.


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