The Importance of Preparing and Planning for Emergencies When Traveling on Assignment

Cross Country Allied
May 25, 2017 09:38 AM (GMT-04:00)
Traveler Tips
Travel assignments are exciting, but while you’re making a checklist for your next adventure, don’t forget to prepare for emergencies. Although emergencies on assignment are rare, preparation can help you avoid them or reduce the impact.

Types of Emergencies to Plan for While on Assignment


Driving to your travel assignments can give you a close-up view of the cities or states you’re traveling through. Consider some ways to avoid and prepare for emergencies.
  1. Make Sure Your Car is Road Worthy
    At least two weeks in advance of your trip, schedule an appointment with your dealer or mechanic to get your car checked. Scheduling early allows time for needed repairs.

  2. Get a Membership for Roadside Assistance
     Many travel professionals know the value of roadside assistance. It’s a reliable way to get you back on the road or safely tow your car to a repair shop.

  3. Emergency Car Kit
    An emergency car kit can keep you safe and reasonably comfortable until help arrives. Below are some items to include:

  • Blankets
  • Drinking water
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight o
  • umper cables
  • Mobile-device car charger
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Rain ponchos
  • Road flares

Natural Disaster

Although you can’t prevent a natural disaster, there are some steps you can take in preparation.

  1. Identify the exits nearest to your work station.
  2. Ask team members about evacuation plans for natural disasters.
  3. Identify the nearest exists at your accommodations and make an evacuation plan.
  4. Keep your mobile phone with you whenever possible.
  5. Determine how you will communicate with your family.
  6. Keep a supply of protein snacks and water nearby.


Many medical emergencies can be prevented. If you take prescription medication, add it to your travel checklist and ensure you have adequate refills on file. Other proactive steps are listed below.
  1. Give your manager a list of your emergency contacts.
  2. Keep your medical insurance card with you.
  3. Check with your health insurance plan to find out what coverage is provided if you have an emergency while traveling.
  4. Keep a first aid kit handy.
  5. Practice safety at work and at your accommodations. Don't take risks that could result in injury.


Theft or loss of money or possessions can leave you scrambling for what to do next. Plan ahead.
  1. Have an emergency fund.
  2. Keep money in two different accounts.
  3. Give copies of credit cards (front and back) to a trusted family member, so you can identify what was stolen and report fraud or theft.
  4. Have a safe place to lock or hide valuable items.
  5. If you don’t need to take certain high-ticket items with you on your travel assignment, keep them at home.

Travel Assignment Opportunities

If you’re interested in occasional travel assignments or in making a career of it, we can help. At Cross Country Allied, we provide opportunities across the country to broaden your experience and make you an even more competitive candidate. Apply now.

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