Tips for Travelling During Hurricane Season?

by admin on September 24, 2013

There’s no hiding it, it is Hurricane Season and this year there has been a lot of activity. The latest and worst damage has been caused by Tropical Storm Manuel affecting Mexico’s Pacific Coast–  Guerrero State in particular. Thousands of tourists and locals were stranded in Acapulco and along the coast after landslides blocked main roads. As Manuel was happening, almost simultaneoulsy Hurricane Ingrid was battering Mexico’s  Gulf Coast. According to BBC it was the first time since 1958 that two powerful storms hit Mexico within 24 hours. Hurricane season has been serious issue in the past years; Superstorm Sandy 2012, Tsunami in Japan in 2011 and Hurricane Irene 2011 just to mention few. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th while the Atlantic hurricane seasons begins June 1st- they both end November 30.

In today’s ever-changing world, we just have to accept that earthquakes and hurricanes are part of daily life.  It is not something that should completely control and dictate the way we live which means there is NO reason to stop travelling! The best thing a traveler can do is stay informed and be prepared.

As a tour guide myself, I have collected few tips that you should always carry with you when travelling to secure you and your students.

1. Waterproof LED flashlight — they are longer lasting, more reliable, provide powerful light, and have a longer last charge than standard flashlights.

2. Duct tape — This legendary product can patch tears in luggage, repair fallen hems, or even temporarily bind up just about anything in an emergency.

3. Smartphone — Smartphones enable you to make emergency calls during troubled times to contact family and friends and make plans to deal with emergencies. Moreover, smartphones have the ability to store critical travel documents for instant retrieval, as necessary, such as passports, e-tickets, etc. They can hold and give you access to all kinds of helpful information during emergencies, or any other time, while traveling.

4. Passport copies and other travel documents — Sometimes essential travel documents can be lost or stolen. Having copies of these documents while traveling can facilitate obtaining replacements, or merely making your way on your journey without them. I keep password protected copies of my passport and other travel documents in my e-mail but I also always have a paper copy with me. It is good to remember that even though we can save everything in our smartphones, sometimes it is not a good idea to show it openly.

5. First Aid kit — Having first aid supplies to treat common accidents and illnesses while away from home is important, especially in times of emergencies.

6. Travel toilet paper — Even when there is no emergency, travel toilet paper may come in handy. More than once, I’ve entered a toilet in third world countries, to find no toilet paper.

7. Antiseptic soap — While I’m not a regular user of this product, during emergencies using it while washing with water of unknown quality can help keep you safe and sound from all kinds of diseases.

8. ATM/Debit card and cash — There may be times you need unanticipated cash during your travels. Having access to local cash via bank ATMs can be agodsend while traveling. In times of emergency, however, hotels, restaurants, and other locations might not have the ability to accept debit or credit cards. Bank ATMs might be unusable too. Having at least $100–$200 in local cash when electronic systems aren’t functioning may be essential.

9. Critical toilet articles — Hygiene items such as toothpaste, a toothbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc., can prove critical.

10. Pen and paper — If all else fails when given emergency information, have a pen and paper at hand so you can write down the information.

When you travel with Student Journeys there will always be a local professional guide taking care of any kind of problems or natural hazards during the trip.

I hope you find these advices helpful. Safe travels!

Posted by Miia Vilppula, Travel Planner and a Tour Guide at Student Journeys

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