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  • Travel Bug

    Most of us love to travel - exploring new places, learning about other people, cultures, architecture, art,, and more.

    The last thing anyone wants is to become ill or injured while away from home. Planning a spring break trip? Protect Yourself While Traveling

    We have shared articles and information about Traveling and how to Plan and be SafeTravel Safety TipsBeing Prepared for Emergencies When Traveling or in a HotelTravel First Aid Kits, a Guide For RV Travel, and the Travel Safety App from the CDC.

    Another thing to consider is that the Flu travels, too - while it may not be Flu Season at home, there may be outbreaks where you go. The risk for exposure to influenza during travel can depend on the time of year and destination. If you plan on traveling, make sure you know how to protect yourself from the flu. Check out the Influenza Prevention: Information for Travelers page at Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

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  • Traveling? Plan and be Safe!

    Domestic & International Travel Safety

    First - You plan for Months, you checked Orbitz, Travelocity, and every other discount, all inclusive, and tour package website (then you realize that a great travel agent can get you all the same deals, plus personal service with a real person - and even some extras at your destination because of the relationships they've developed over the years!)

    Next - You planned, packed, re-packed, re-re-packed, and know you've got everything you'll need, and a couple of extras for good measure.

    Now - You're all set - Right? Nope!

    Never forget that Illness or injury can ruin a trip, worse than bad weather, missed connections, or just about anything else - how about being laid up in bed or worse? Whenever you travel away from home, it is essential that you have a Travel first aid kit.

    Domestic & International Travel First Aid Kits Domestic & International Travel First Aid Kits

    Make sure you have all the resources you need to stay healthy -- or in the case of a bump or bruise, to make sure you can administer self-care and get back to exploring.

    Too many travelers assume the over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies we find in any drug store will be available on their journeys - this is often not the case, so bring a first aid kit specifically designed for traveling! To help cope if a more significant health problem interrupts your travels, your first aid kit should also contain items to help you treat injuries and reduce symptoms of illness for a period of time until you can get further medical attention.

    Don't miss the Dental Medic Kit (a must for travelers) and the Suture Syringe kit. Also see Travel Kits for Pets!

    Travel First Aid Kits - For adventure into the jungle or across town: Be ready with your traveling first aid pack!

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    Nothing can spoil a great vacation like an injury. Be prepared to deal with mishaps on the abroad and away from home with these first aid kits designed specifically for traveling and travelers!
  • Don't be that guy! Travel Safety Tips

    This is it, you've decided that it is finally time to leave the world behind, grab your suitcase, and take off on that much needed and long desired vacation. With a million and one things to do before you embark on your journey, chances are that one thing you haven't really thought about is how to stay safe whilst traveling. It's reasonable enough though.

    With some of the most popular travel destinations in the world being Turkey, Italy, England, and China at present, safety isn't a real priority for many. But, in all fairness, safety actually should be your top priority. No matter where your destination is, you are always prone to surprise dangers that can happen to anyone, anywhere.

    When in Rome, Dress as the Romans Do

    You're on vacation and you clearly do not know your way around, unless you've visited a good number of times. Nothing makes you look more like a target than dressing like a tourist. Key tips are to ditch the fanny pack, put away the map, and be prepared by reviewing locations and areas to visit by reading over things in your hotel room. Dressing and acting like a tourist is a recipe for disaster. Do your best to blend in by adapting to local dress and mannerisms.

    Don't Take Off Without Informing Friends or Family

    Alright, yes flying away on your low-key vacation to your unknown destination to everyone but yourself does sound appealing… but it isn't a smart idea. In real life travel, there is no room for James Bond themed vacations. The reality is that a friend or family members need to know where you are in the chance that something does happen to you. Once you board that plane, find a way to keep everyone updated about where you are at least once a day.

    Hide the Valuables

    There is no doubt that your fancy watch or quality purse is going to get the green eyed attention that it deserves. However, this sort of flaunting does not belong in a foreign destination. Wearing valuables is another way that you stick out like a sore thumb and attract the worst kind of attention – like the kind from robbers and kidnappers. Be modest, dress like a local, and blend in more than not.

    Prioritize Your Health

    Another thing you want to do before you embark on your journey is to prioritize your health. Don't be a wise guy and think that traveler's insurance isn't necessary. You'll be that same guy that gets sick from local food or becomes injured in an accident and that does not have the ability to fork up the funds for treatment. It is advised that you choose insurance plans that offer you 24/7 help and emergency service and cover a range of your travel needs. According to itrek, travel insurance is for the traveler, not the tourist. So be smart, and travel like you're ready for anything.

     

    image of a travel first aid kit in a green bag Nothing can spoil a great vacation like an injury. Be prepared to deal with mishaps on the abroad and away from home with these first aid kits designed specifically for traveling and travelers!

    Travel First Aid Kits are a MUST - There are emergency medical and first aid kits designed specifically for both Domestic & International. Travel Safety Emergency Kits
    Illness or injury can ruin a trip, so whenever you travel away from home, it is essential that you have a Travel first aid kit. Make sure you have all the resources you need to stay healthy -- or in the case of a bump or bruise, to make sure you can administer self-care and get back to exploring. Too many travelers assume the over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies we find in any drug store will be available on their journeys - this is often not the case, so bring a first aid kit specifically designed for traveling! To enable you to cope if a more significant health problem interrupts your travels, your first aid kit should also contain items to help you treat injuries and reduce symptoms of illness for a period of time until you can get further medical attention. Don't miss the Dental Medic Kit (a must for travelers) and the Suture Syringe kit. If you are bringing Fido along, also see Travel Kits for Pets!

    Here's a video about travel first aid:

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    Secure Your Personal Information

    That passport, those 5 credit cards, the official documents, and travel tickets should not be anywhere on your person when you are traveling around your destination. Those few items should really be placed in a safe location. Otherwise, you are endangering yourself, your finances, and your identity. Nobody needs to travel around with many credit cards or a passport on their person anyways. Follow the golden rule: be as local as you can be.

    Know the Location of Your Country's Embassy

    Finally, the optimal way to secure your safety is to also be up to date on where your country's embassy is. This information can be found online by a simple search. In case that you lose your passport or a serious emergency occurs, find your way to the embassy and speak to the representatives there. They are there to help you.

    Traveling is meant to be an exciting and adventurous experience. But not taking the right repercussions and steps to protect yourself can leave you in a terrible situation. With the above steps, you can make sure that you stay safe, are protected, and aren't obviously the bewildered tourist whose chances of being robbed or worse are extremely high. With that, enjoy your travels and make the most of them. The world is brimming with amazing places, people, and things to see.

  • Apps in the Air?

    We've talked about cell phones and safety, and given you access to free apps from the government, and covered a lot of ground with Travel Safety issues - now we'll take a fly at airline updates...

    Nothing can spoil a great vacation like an injury. Be prepared to deal with mishaps on the abroad and away from home with these first aid kits designed specifically for traveling and travelers! Nothing can spoil a great vacation like an injury. Be prepared to deal with mishaps on the abroad and away from home with these first aid kits designed specifically for traveling and travelers!

    You May Be Able to Use Electronic Devices from Gate-to-Gate The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given airlines the ability to expand the use of personal electronic devices for passengers on board. That means you could soon be able to listen to your music or read books on an e-reader from gate-to-gate on your flight.

    Individual airlines will have the ability to determine when it is safe for passengers to use their electronic devices.

    Portable Electronics Frequently Asked Questions:

    Can I use my e-book reader/tablet/cell phone throughout my flight now?

    Once your airline has shown the FAA its airplanes can safely handle radio interference from portable electronics, they can let you use your devices in airplane mode only most of the time. At certain times — for example, a landing in reduced visibility — the Captain may tell passengers to turn off their devices to make absolutely sure they don't interfere with onboard communications and navigation equipment.

    I heard that the FAA has determined airlines can safely expand passenger use of portable electronics. So why do I have to wait?

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    The key word is "safely." The FAA has given the airlines directions on how to safely expand use of PEDs. The process will vary among airlines, but we estimate passengers will be able to safely use electronic devices gate-to-gate within several months.

    Do the new rules apply to both domestic and international flights on U.S. airlines?

    Yes. U.S. airlines may expand the use of electronic devices on domestic and international flights.

    If someone gets caught using a PED before an airline changes its policy, can the FAA fine that passenger?

    A safe flight should be everyone's priority. If a crew member says devices must be turned off when the cabin door closes or before landing, it means the airline hasn't yet shown its airplanes can actually handle PED use safely. You must always follow crew instructions; failure to do so may result in a fine.

    Will flight attendants now have to police passengers using PEDs?

    The PED rulemaking committee recommended — and the FAA agrees — that flight attendants cannot know when a device is ON and in airplane mode or not. We expect flight attendants to inform passengers about when it is safe to use PEDs and when they must turn them off for landing in some cases of poor visibility,.

    Some groups say passengers will not turn off their PED when asked. What danger does that pose?

    We depend on passengers to follow crew member instructions to turn off electronic devices when they ask you to. We estimate only one percent of all flights will have low visibility landings where you'll have to turn off your PEDs because they may interfere with some of the equipment in the cockpit. We know that most passengers have been turning off their devices for the many years and we ask that all passengers put safety first.

    What should I do if the crew says to turn off electronics and the person next to me doesn't do it?

    You could politely remind the person of the crew's announcement, but above all, avoid a confrontation.

    What do foreign airlines do? Can they allow it in U.S. airspace now?

    Foreign airlines follow the PED regulations of their country's civil aviation authority. However, the FAA shares information and works with the international civil aviation authorities to harmonize requirements as much as possible.

    How do you know it will be safe for passengers to use PEDs on all phases of flight?

    The group that analyzed potential risks for expanded PED use included experts from the airlines, aviation manufacturers, passenger groups, pilots associations, flight attendants, and mobile technology advocates/manufacturers. Their analysis will help airlines understand the risks so they can put procedures in place to keep those risks at an acceptable level.

    Do you have data that shows the number of times PEDs have caused interference in the cockpit?

    There are reports of suspected interference to communication and navigations systems in both the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System and the FAA's Service Difficulty Reporting system. The FAA believes the rulemaking committee report and associated FAA guidance can minimize possible interference.

    The FAA has let pilots use PEDs for some time. Why not passengers?

    Many airlines use tablets as Electronic Flight Bags containing information such as maintenance documents, company and aircraft manuals and approach charts. Before the FAA allows an airline to do this, the device must go through a rigorous evaluation period — typically six months — to make sure they are reliable and will not cause interference with the airplane's electronic systems. Pilots are not permitted to use personal wireless communications devices or laptop computers for personal reasons at any time during aircraft operations.

    Why do I have to stow a laptop and not a tablet?

    If there's an emergency, larger and heavier items such as standard laptops could impede evacuation of the airplane. This is the same reason tray tables must be stowed and seat backs must be upright.

    How will this change the airline's carry-on bag policies?

    Each airline will review its carry-on baggage policy to determine how the expanded use of PEDs impacts its current program. For example, if the operator's current program requires all PEDs to be stowed for take-off and landing, and the operator expands use to those phases, the operator would have to change that program to allow acceptable PEDs to remain out and secured.

    What kind of risk assessment did the FAA do?

    The FAA's safety risk assessment will help an airline review the electronic systems on its airplanes to determine if expanded use of PEDs is acceptable for their specific airplanes and operations. It looks at the technical risks associated with system problems caused by PEDs. Airlines should use the assessment as a tool in conjunction with other operational considerations such as PED stowage and crew and passenger education.

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