Security expert shares holiday essentials to pack including zip-lock bags

A security expert has shared his top tips on the holiday essentials to pack for emergencies and why it’s worth adding zip-lock freezer bags and a torch to your packing list

A security expert has shared some holiday packing tips

Whether you’re planning big holiday adventures in remote destinations or simple family holidays in a short-haul sunshine hotspots, it’s savvy to make sure you have some travel essentials with you just in case something goes wrong.

With unpredictable events such as storms, floods and wildfires on the rise, we asked security expert Frank Harrison from overseas assistance organization World Travel Protection for his getaway essentials.

He said: “When you experience an emergency, your first response must be for your personal safety.

”If possible, alert someone on your contact list or your travel assistance company. Your next consideration is a rapid review of what’s happening and if you can remain safe.”

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Emergency contact details

Save these clearly on your smartphone. Use the acronym ICE (In Case of Emergency) in front of critical contacts, and number them ICE1, ICE2, by importance.

Passport biography page, visas and ICE

Consider laminating a list of your emergency contacts and scan a copy of your passport and visas.

If you save them on your smart device and lose access, protected hard copies may be useful in a crisis or emergency event, especially an evacuation.

Travel assistance app on home screen

Make sure the emergency app of your travel assistance provider isn’t saved in a folder with multiple other apps. It needs to be standalone for ease of identification and activation on the home screen of a device. Being easily located and on hand is essential.

USB chargeable mini-LED torch

Torches are always useful and having one that is USB chargeable takes away the worry of dead batteries.

Zip-lock freezer bags

Having a couple of these can save you from having a ruined phone or documents in adverse conditions, and can provide a solution to storing clean water.

Spare rechargeable power pack

For your laptop and a mobile, bring the largest power pack that is practical when also consider weight and bulk.

There are solar-powered options to recharge, but if cost is a factor look for capacity over functions and aesthetics.

Basic first aid kit

A basic first aid kit could come in handy


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An off-the-shelf camping or pharmacy stocked basic first aid kit should suffice. If in doubt, ask a pharmacist for suggestions.

Dual SIM non-smartphone

The more options you have to communicate in an emergency, the better.

Dual SIM gives you access to different networks, especially in regions that are less developed and where data services are unreliable or, due to a crisis, unavailable.

Wide-mouth water bottle

In some crisis events this can be used as a protective case for valuables and documents, and a flotation item in a backpack if needed.

Pre-paid credit/debit card and cash

Try to ensure you could cover at least three days of expenses. Ideally, enough to secure a flight or vehicle transport to the nearest safe airport in a wide-scale crisis or emergency event.

Frank added that if a major crisis occurs, you should consider if you need to seek shelter or self-evacuate.

He said: “If there are more people than resources, such as critical medical facilities; if food stocks and civil utilities are impaired; or if there are breakdowns in civil society and hostile actors are present, you may need to evacuate.

“It’s yourself often to evacuate early to distance from the event and then re-evaluate the situation when you’re safe.”

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