A tour of the local emergency rooms was not in my travel plans for our family visit to Nickelodeon Suites, however, we can tell you all about them now.

How to prepare for possible medical emergencies during a family trip:

  • Investigate the extent of your insurance’s coverage when you travel, especially for international trips
  • Create a list of preferred providers (including hospitals, immediate care centers, and physicians) in the area you will be visiting
  • Call selected providers/approved doctors ahead of time to see if they take new patients and if they don’t ask for referrals to other care centers in the area.
  • Ask your hotel about emergency facilities and procedures and have back up in case you run into a 7 hour wait in the ER like we did in Orlando, FL.
  • Have a rental car ready (or at least quick access to one) to save precious time in case of an emergency, even if you don’t plan on any side trips.  This was a HUGE travel mistake for us when we were in Florida.  Orlando is not NYC – cabs are not cheap or plentiful and they have their own, very different, rate structures.

Basically, have a PLAN in case of emergency.

Read about our hospital adventure here. Where would you recommend a visitor to your area take a sick child? Let us know here.