Be Prepared

The Smart & Savvy Traveler Prepares & Plans Ahead

“You don’t have to plan to fail; all you have to do is fail to plan.”–Unknown

Be prepared

Ignorance is not bliss on a trip when something goes wrong. And something always goes awry. You can count on it.

Knowing what can happen and what you can do about it beforehand equals confidence and control

Ah, the Carefree Jet-setter

world map

The man on the television screen tossed a few articles in a suitcase, snapped it shut, toted it downstairs, and dropped it next to his desk. Opening a drawer, he rummaged around until he found a dart. Lackadaisically, he flung it backwards over his shoulder at a wall map of the world. He turned to see where the dart landed—Greenland.

“Better pack a sweater,” he said.

Preparing for a trip with such laissez faire may have sold you on that commercial’s product. But it will sell you short on traveling smart.

Be informed, be alert, & be ready

Starting line

The more you know the more you are prepared for eventualities. Many of travel’s difficulties and inconveniences can be avoided with some prior planning. Adopt the motto of the Boy Scouts of America—“Be prepared.”

Get a hint from The Hobbit.

The Hobbit

How can a scene from J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, The Hobbit, give you insight? Did you see film #1? Well, this scene will be in the 2nd movie. Our fearful little hero is creeping down the tunnel leading to the dragon’s lair. He is petrified, stopping to make up his mind whether to go forward or retreat.

“Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterward were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.

Don’t allow a crisis to catch you off-guard.

“Every little thing counts in a crisis.”Jawaharlal Nehru

A crisis can be anything that interrupts your trip—that is unplanned, uncertain and unpleasant—a major event like a natural or man-made disaster, political incident, terrorism, or a situation like injury, illness, death, kidnapping, crime, or an arrest.

Earthquake near Japan

Even a minor emergency like straying off course or losing a bag can precipitate a crisis if you get lost in the wrong part of town or your medication is in the missing bag.

Sewing kit

It’s smart to use a few tricks to avoid creating crises for yourself and take precautionary steps against crises creating havoc for you. But no matter how many safeguards you embrace you can’t insure yourself totally against trouble.

So, when the crises do occur—and they will—make sure you’re FIT to take them on. Know how to get yourself out of trouble.

Surprise is the enemy that incites panic

Surprised baby

It’s smart to go out of your way to avoid a crisis. But if a crisis finds you, you want to make sure you are “FIT” to survive.

 Be Focused – Informed – Trained

  • How focused are you on what’s happening around the world and what’s going on around you?
  • Are you informed as to what you should do in any emergency?
  • Have you trained yourself—at least mentally—for thinking on your feet?

React or respond?

Man and gun

A good example—you hear shots, how do you react? Duck. It’s the natural reflex and the correct one. But a secret service agent would cover his/her subject or stand and identify the shooter. That’s going against natural instinct to respond according to plan.

“What the fool does in the end, the wise man does in the beginning.” Spanish proverb

act now

This blog will furnish you with the wisdom you will need to act.