Summer is one of the busiest traveling times of the year. The excitement of an upcoming trip may cause us to forget basic important must do’s before traveling. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, planning ahead and making a check list will save you from the stress and frustration in the event of an emergency situation. At Hawaii Central Federal Credit Union (HCFCU) we want you to have a safe and healthy trip.
Here are a few tips that may help:
Take your HCFCU VISA Credit Card and a non VISA Credit Card. Should the VISA network system go down, all cards on that network will not work. Having, an alternate network card will enable you to continue your transactions. Also, when traveling overseas, notify our Loan Dept. at 536-0833 with the dates of travel and location. This will prevent a fraud detection alert that rejects high volume, unusual and foreign transactions.
Keep a list of your HCFCU credit/debit cards and all other cards (that you are taking on your trip), with account numbers and phone numbers of the issuing financial institutions. In the event that your card is lost or stolen you can call to report it lost or stolen immediately. (The phone numbers are usually listed in the back of the card). Keep this information in a separate place from your plastic cards.
Take two of the following identifications with you. Passport, Military ID, State ID or your driver’s license if you plan to drive. Leave one in your hotel room safe or locked in your luggage. In the event you lose or misplace one, you will still have one on hand to get through security at the airport. (Note: take the two that are the least cumbersome to replace)
ICE (In Case of Emergency)
Program your cell phone adding ICE as a contact and identifying who it is with the area code and phone number. This will enable emergency personal to get in contact with your next of kin in the event of an emergency or a natural disaster.
Traveling overseas may require a special power adapter to charge your cell phone as well as other electronic devices.
Most of us keep phone numbers on our cell phones. Make a short list of important phone numbers and keep it in your wallet in the event you lose your phone.
Make a list of medications that you take. Keep this in your wallet and give a copy to your loved one or travel companion. Include the dosage (how many times a day), brand (generic or name brand), milligram amount as well as other over the counter medications. This is important when you have a medical emergency, and you may not be able to communicate that information. (Note: make one list for both medications and phone numbers)
Use it to wipe down your seating area on the plane, especially arm rests, drop tray, audio buttons and window shades. Also, hand sanitizers are great for quick hand washing on the go, especially before and after meals.
Know the location and phone numbers of the nearest hospitals and drug stores near your location. This is especially helpful if your doctor needs to call in a prescription on your behalf or if you need to get to a hospital.
Most importantly, drink lots of bottled water or juice. Staying hydrated may prevent airborne illnesses before, during and after traveling.