6 Best Safety Apps for Travel Abroad



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 alerts them if you encounter any problems on your trip. Other useful safety apps notify you, as 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 iPhone XS, XS Max or iPhone XR, iPad, or you can 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:


BSAFE (ANDROID) (iOS)

bSafe shares your movements with loved ones, and sends out an alarm if you need help. The alarm can be activated by voice, and once activated it automatically records audio and video and sends it to the cell phones of you and your emergency contacts. bSafe also has a “Fake Call” feature, and can send a friend an exact pickup location. bSafe is a great app, especially for solo travelers.

NOONLIGHT (ANDROID) (iOS)

This app gets great reviews. Have you ever been in a situation where you question whether it’s dangerous enough to call 911? Noonlight uses advanced technology to get emergency help to your exact location with just the release of a button. It can be used in moments where you simply feel unsafe, as well as moments where you need immediate emergency help.

SPEAK & TRANSLATE (ANDROID) (iOS)

You never know when you may need to get help from someone who doesn’t spea your language. Speak & Translate is an indispensable voice and text translator that allows you to communicate effectively in any corner of the globe.

EXCELLENT TRANSLATION OPTIONS

* Works OFFLINE. Have no Internet connection? Translate text offline between 10 languages: Chinese (Mandarin), English (US), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish

* Apple Speech Recognition Technology support – real-time voice recognition significantly enhances the speed of your translations

* 117 languages for text translations

* 54 languages for voice translations

* Language detection for text-to-text mode: if you don’t know what the language of the source text is, select Detect language from the language list.


Official State Department App

U.S. State Department Smart Traveler app is the official State Department app for U.S. travelers. This safety app gives 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.


CDC Apps (ANDROID) (IOS)

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: . 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.

Key Features

  • 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


ICE

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)

AMERICAN RED CROSS


We like the First Aid App quite a bit, so even thought the blog is the 6 Best Safety Apps, we added a bonus 7th!



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