Travel Apps to Keep You Safe
Though no app can provide 100% security, the right apps really do deliver some key benefits. The best safety apps for travel keep friends and relatives informed of your location and alert them if you encounter any problems on your trip. Other useful safety apps notify you, the traveler, if there are security, weather, disease or any other cautionary alerts for the destinations on your itinerary. Make sure you have reliable, affordable mobile data for the duration of your trip, so your apps keep working. GigSky offers no-contract, flexible data plans for iPad with Apple SIM, or use the GigSky Data SIM in any unlocked mobile device. Here’s our take on some of the best travel apps to keep you safe:
Looking to keep your loved ones safe with a personal safety app?
StaySafe are the GPS tracker app specialists for both personal safety apps and lone worker protection. StaySafe Personal is a leading personal safety app for iPhone and Android with a GPS tracker to automatically email or text your exact location to your emergency contacts if you don’t check-in safely after working, socializing or traveling alone, providing your exact GPS location so that help can find you quickly.
Official State Department App
U.S. State Department Smart Traveler app is the official State Department app for U.S. travelers. This safety app invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. The Department of State smart phone apps are free to download and are available for both iPhone and Android.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention The CDC offers a variety of apps. The general application is a companion to CDC’s trusted website (www.cdc.gov). It helps you explore a variety of health information including health articles, popular journals, timely updates and access to social media. Easily browse to find the most suitable for your needs: www.cdc.gov/mobile/mobileapp.html We like the CDC TravWell App, which helps you plan for safe and healthy international travel. Get destination-specific vaccine recommendations, a checklist of what you need to do to prepare for travel, and a customizable healthy travel-packing list. The app also lets you store travel documents, keep a record of your medications and immunizations, and set reminders to get vaccine booster doses or take medicines while you’re traveling.
- Authoritative recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- During-travel features available offline (no data connection needed)
- Fully customizable to do list and packing list
- Emergency services phone numbers for every destination
- Easy to use and fun
This app supplies you with critical information related to the country or region you are visiting to ensure you have a safe trip. The app includes up to 12 languages, and TravelSafe Pro comes with emergency numbers of all the countries, as well as vital embassy information of your country for the location you are visiting. Travel Safe Uses a location-sensitive emergency service databases, and connects you to the help you need, right when you need it. Whether you’re heading on a roadtrip with friends, down the road for some milk, to Spain for the holidays, or just out drinking late. Travel Safe gives you quick access to police, fire and ambulance, your parents, partner, or best friend. All from one single screen, just one tap away. This app has gotten some mixed reviews in the past, so check the most recent reviews to gauge status.
In case of emergency, ICE has you covered. The last thing you’d want to happen to you when you travel abroad is to have any medical issues. But, just in case, the app keeps details about your medical conditions, your doctor’s primary contact details and insurance information that can be accessed even if your phone is locked. It also translates the stored information in 10 different languages. (Cost: $3.99; for Android)
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Our friends at alltherooms.com wrote a good piece on traveling safely – check it out!