Travel safety is definitely on the forefront of many people’s minds, and unfortunately, no matter how carefully you prepare, emergencies can happen abroad and at home. These 6 apps, can help you prepare for the worst case scenarios and could possibly even wind up saving your life abroad.
First is Real Alert. This app is ideal for emergency situations or anytime you feel your safety is threatened. It provides quick access to emergency services and directs you to the closest hospital. You can also ward off an attacker with a quick tap alarm built into the app.
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 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.
Download Smart Traveler 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.
Next is Help Call. Sure, we know to call 911 in case of an emergency at home, but what number do you dial abroad? The Help Call app will automatically detect your location, and then you can simply press one button to be connected to the local police, fire, or ambulance.
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!
Finally, how about ensuring the security of your home or office while you’re traveling? Well with the app Alarm.com, you can arm or disarm your home or business security system with just a touch on your phone, from practically anywhere in the world.
So there you have it, some very cool apps that will help keep you and your loved ones stay safe when traveling.