It’s every traveller’s worst nightmare to fall ill when abroad or become injured. Being in an unfamiliar country, particularly one that doesn’t speak your language can make the situation more daunting and difficult to resolve.

At The Flight Case Company we have some top tips to help you prepare for any unexpected illnesses or injuries before you travel, so that your journey isn’t ruined or disrupted.



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Get travel and health insurance

Travelling without travel insurance is a risky decision just to save a few extra pennies. Before you travel make sure you have your travel insurance sorted. Compare costs online to make sure you get the best package. The cheapest option may not be the best for your specific journey either so check that you understand where you’re covered before you buy. If you do get ill or injured abroad, travel insurance can prevent the hefty bill of treatments and medicines.


Register for an EHIC

EHICs (European Health Insurance Cards) replaced the old E111 form, giving you the right to healthcare during a temporary visit in the EEA. What’s best is that it’s free to get and everyone living in the UK over the age of sixteen is entitled to the card. You can receive access to state-provided medical care, either free or at a greatly reduced price, if you have an accident or become suddenly ill. Healthcare systems vary abroad though and this will be reflected in price. Just remember to carry the card.



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Research and plan ahead

Wherever you’re planning on travelling, whether a country close-by or somewhere the other side of the world, it is a good idea to do your research. Be prepared by finding out whether the tap water is drinkable and if you need any vaccinations or treatments prior to travelling. The NHS’ Fit For Travel website explains what you’ll need for every country. Pack your own supply of medication too where necessary but have the relevant documentation to support it for legal purposes.


Save emergency numbers

The worst-case scenario while you’re on holiday is an emergency or the need to stay in hospital. Make a note of emergency numbers before you travel and save them on your phone. It is better to be safe than sorry! In most European countries dialling 911 or 112 will put you onto the emergency services but this isn’t always the case. You can also contact your travel insurance company in serious cases and they should be able to provide 24 hour emergency assistance, advising you on what to do.


The best advice for dealing with illnesses and injuries abroad is to be as prepared as possible before you travel. Start your journey off well by getting the right cases. Here at The Flight Case Company we have a range of cases to keep your equipment protected. Contact us or visit our blog for more travel tips.