I hope you never had an accident in foreign countries before, but you might have had one or two thoughts about having one when you travel. What would happen? How is the medical assistance in the country you travel to? Are you insured? What information will they need so they can help you?
For Example, in Germany, we’re compulsorily insured. That gives us access to health care in Germany, but the rules in foreign countries are different. You should always check those in advance! You might have to pay medical treatments beforehand and get the money back by your insurance when you’re back home, maybe it is no problem and your insurance covers the expenses immediately. There are also additional insurances that cover return transport to your home country when you’re injured.
But what happens before all that, when you’re not conscious? How do they know anything about you and the health issues you maybe already have, for example, the medications you need or your allergies? That’s what an emergency card or emergency ID is for. It normally has the size of a credit card, so you can carry it in your purse.
What belongs on your emergency card?
But what should be on it?
- Emergency contact (+ phone number)
- Hair Color
- Eye Color
- Distinguishing Mark
- Blood Type
- Medical Info
- Organ Donor?
I have a free printable for you, you can get your Download here! It is an interactive PDF, so you can fill it out in your PDF-Viewer and print it afterward! The Image-Size is 19,5mm x 26,5mm ☺
If you’re more the digital kind of person and you have an iPhone, you can fill out an emergency ID in your Health-App!
And your Dog’s emergency card?
You’ll need a different one for your dog, though. This one is for when your dog is alone at home and you’re out and get injured and as a little cheat sheet for you.
- Age/Date of Birth
- Person to contact
- Medical Info
You can get that one here! The Image-Size is 21mm x 29mm ☺
You want both? No problem, too! There you go! ☺
I laminated mine, so they will last a little longer.
Stay safe on your Mini Adventures! ❤