Travel safety is definitely on the forefront of many people’s minds, and unfortunately, no matter how carefully you prepare, emergencies can happen while you are traveling. Whether it’s a hurricane, terrorism or just an accident, these apps can help you prepare for the worst case scenarios and could possibly even wind up saving your life abroad.
First is Life360, a multipurpose app to stay in touch with your family members and friends and keep a handle on their location. The app lets you create circles, add people to them and see their locations on a confidential map. This way you’ll be able to always keep track of your family members and confirm that they’re safe and sound. You can share your location with them, or send an alert to your circle members. You can even chat with your circle members for free. As a bonus, you can also use this app to recover your lost or stolen phone.
Next, In Case of Emergency or “ICE” is an app that stores important information for first responders and hospital staff to use in case of emergency. It stores a list of people to call – right from the app, like Insurance information, doctor information, allergies, medical conditions, medications and any special instructions or other information you wish to provide. The app even works when the phone is locked and translates the information into 7 different languages.
When you’re traveling, you can go for days without reading the news or hearing what’s going on in the outside world…especially at an exotic all-inclusive somewhere. But what if something is happening in the place you’re visiting that you need to know about? Download Travel Smart and you’ll be kept in the loop about travel alerts and warnings. There’s also a great “Know Before You Go” section that will tell you what the entry and exit requirements are, local laws, and even where the nearest Canadian embassy is located. Very handy.
Well, have you ever found yourself in a pharmacy on vacation, trying to act out the symptoms of a sore throat or upset stomach because you don’t speak the language? Well you can avoid this embarrassing mime game by downloading mPassport. This app that will find the local brand equivalent of a medicine that you’re looking for, translate medical terms and phrases, and help you find a doctor, dentist, hospital, or pharmacy nearby. You can even use the app to schedule a doctor’s appointment!
So there you have it, some very cool apps that will help keep you and your loved ones stay safe when traveling.