It is a good idea to have a cell phone for emergencies that you can use locally (given that you are not totally off the grid). You can buy a SIM card on arrival. You can also check data providers such as the Project FI, that we like simply because it allows you to be connected in so many places in so many countries without paying for additional data (and plans are really inexpensive as you basically pay only for the data you use). You arrive, pull out your phone, turn it on and ‘voilà’! With Project Fi, your phone can access the best of multiple 4G LTE networks so you can connect to more towers and get fast speed in more places.We just love it. Of course, it probably won’t work in totally remote wild locations as we often go to, but where there is some city life there is a very good chance it will.
Have a hard copy of a list of names and numbers that you might want to contact in case of emergency. That list should include your family or friend points of contact. Embassy at the destination, your banks, Insurance contact information. Accommodation addresses and tel numbers. Onsite emergency contact info if you’re volunteering remotely.
Provide the same contact list to your emergency family and friend contacts, as well as a copy of your full itinerary –hotels, flights, etc.
If you’re volunteering, make sure to the volunteering organization your emergency contact information that they can use if something was to happen to you.