Firm Advises International Travelers On Health, Safety

TREVOSE PA – International SOS, a medical and security services company, is offering travelers around the world a chance to test their health and travel security knowledge against 10 questions in “Spot The Risk,” an online interactive game.

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The game, available through Feb. 28 (2013), promotes health and travel security awareness and may be useful during the holiday season as millions of travelers take to the roads, rails and skies. Trevose PA-based International SOS publicly opened the game, initially created for a client, to spread the message that prevention and education are required when traveling to stay healthy and safe.

Before you hit the road, test your travel savvy with “Spot The Risk,” and keep these additional tips in mind:

Be prepared
It cannot be overstated how important advance planning is before setting out from home. People typically spend more time researching restaurants or activities than investigating medical and security threats. Know your schedule, have access to good maps, learn a few phrases in the local language and research any issues in advance.

Communication is key
Can you make international calls from your mobile phone?  Will your charger work where you’re going?  Do you know how to contact your global travel assistance provider? These are critical points to address before leaving home. Check to be sure you can make international calls, get a charger that will work and preprogram essential contact information so you’re not scrambling to find the right number or email address during a tricky situation. Make sure your friends and family know where you’re going and how to reach you once you arrive.

Take care of yourself
An unexpected stay in the hospital can ruin a long-planned trip and navigating an unfamiliar health care system can be scary. It’s good to ask questions like, “Is the water safe to drink?”  If it’s not, drink bottled or sparkling water.  Be sure to bring more prescription drugs than you’d normally need and always place them in your carry-on and in its original container.  Eat as healthy as you can and remember that flying can dehydrate you, so always drink plenty of water.

Safety on the Road
The threat of terrorism and natural disasters is far exceeded by traffic accidents, in which 25,000 international travelers are killed each year. Vehicle crashes are the number one hazard for travelers. In many parts of the world, driving is chaotic, streets are crowded and roads under maintained. Unless you are extremely familiar with local road conditions, do not drive on your own. Look for a trusted driver, always wear your seat belt and speak up if you feel unsafe.

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