Injury While Trying to Stay Safe While Traveling

It’s been a bit since I last wrote this blog but I have a good excuse.  I fell down a couple of stairs in our house and suffered three fractures in my upper humerus (arm bone) right where my arm meets my shoulder.  Being right handed and in plenty of pain there was basically nothing I could do.  I followed doctor’s orders to do nothing so the fractures could heal.  Last week, after six weeks in a sling to immobilize my arm to let it heal, I was finally sling free!.  Someone forgot to tell my arm as it still automatically hangs across my body like it did when I was in a sling.  I had high expectations for myself when the sling came off which were unrealistic.  I still am sleeping in the recliner (we have a love have relationship with each other),  a full night’s sleep still eludes me, pain is still there with movement – sometimes low pain and sometimes high pain.  I still need help getting dressed which is depressing to me.  I can’t drive so my freedom is sorely limited though I totally appreciate my husband for taking me to doctor’s appointments, physical therapy twice a week, pedicure so I could get my nails cut and the hairdressers.  For four weeks I went to PT for passive therapy here they move me and within the last week I have moved to active assisted therapy.  I didn’t realize in therapy how many cuss words I know!  So that is the short of it other than waiting till the end of June to have an MRI to see if I have torn my rotator cuff and whether I will need surgery.  The fall that keeps giving.

With this  accident Blogger Hubby and I had to cancel our two weeks Tauck tour we had scheduled for Portugal and Spain.  Fortunately Tauck has amazing trip insurance and we received all of our money back except for the insurance of which they will hold for us for a future trip with them.  I had the credit to my credit card within 48 hours of cancellation.  No doctor’s note needed – it was cancel for any reason and we were within a month of the trip.  High praise to Tauck!

I have another trip which I am not cancelling even though I will still be recovering.  I am traveling with a friend to Barcelona for a couple of days on or own prior to embarking on an Oceania cruise to Rome.  I’ve never done the western Mediterranean so I am excited about going to ports that I haven’t been to before, for the most part.

This all brings a certain dilemma that I need to face – my security for my belongings while traveling.  Usually I have no fear, I have not been pickpocketed or had anything stolen from me but this time my right arm will be still be recovering and I will not have much range of motion or any strength in the arm so I need to up my game.   I’m going to show you what I will be bringing with me.  I have added links to make it easier for you – I do not benefit if you purchase.

No longer will I be able to hold on tight to me Pac Safe/Travelon  purse    I have this purse in the color shown as well as a light grey.  It can hold my water bottle on the outside which is always a great help.  I will still take it with me, wear it messenger bag style and hang on as tight as I can with my good arm.

pacsafe bag

I am trying a new product based on my limitations – a tank shirt that I can wear under another shirt.  The tank has a zipped pocket in the front.  I have not tried it on yet but the fabric seems like a nice quality of knit.  Just another layer of protection.Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 2.25.12 PMI’ve mentioned these before but there are ladies scarves that have a built in pocket.  Once again Amazon to the rescueScreen Shot 2018-06-17 at 3.52.11 PMScreen Shot 2018-06-17 at 3.45.17 PM

Another new item in my travel box is ladies underwear with a secret pocketScreen Shot 2019-05-04 at 2.34.17 PM

For the men, here are some boxers with a hidden pocketScreen Shot 2019-05-05 at 4.12.15 PM

In addition to these, my advice is to remain vigilant of where you are, who is around you when you take out money, don’t wear or carry expensive cameras around your next – you it and then put it away.  Finally, all I wear for jewelry is my wedding band.  I will bring costume jewelry for evenings but nothing that looks like a valuable gemstone.

Of course to dd to my general security, I recommend that no one bring copies of their credit cards or write down their account numbers  Instead write down the International collect calling telephone number.  Your credit card is able to ascertain who you are by questions they will ask you.

With your passport, again do not bring a copy with you but rather take a photo and either mail it to yourself as an attachment or keep the photo in your photo app on your phone or iPad.

I always carry my Schwab debit card as it reimburses me 100% for all foreign transaction fee and there are no currency conversion fees.  I make sure to let them know which countries I will be in AND i set a maximum withdrawal per day amount, just in the event the card gets lost or stolen. I bring a second debit card with me just in case.  Don’t forget to notify your credit card company of where you will be traveling to as well.

As suggestions for my safety?

 

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6 thoughts on “Injury While Trying to Stay Safe While Traveling

  1. Jane,
    I am so sorry to hear of your accident and I do hope that you will continue to improve. I broke my foot on a cruise last August (stupidly caught my foot as I was getting out of a chair) which caused me to see little of Helsinki and miss Stockholm altogether. Thank goodness it happened after our 3 days in St. Petersburg. At least you were at home and could get the care and attention you needed right away which can be so important. I’m sure that by the time you get to take that Tauck tour of Spain/Portugal, you will savor it ever the more!

    Please be careful in Barcelona if you end up in crowds, especially if you stroll on Las Ramblas. We were recently in Barcelona, but having been there before, we spent our time in the Eixample area, so did not have any issues. If you can manage without carrying a handbag there, you might be better off.

    The underwear you showed looks interesting, but a bit impractical. I have some wrist wallets that I can use in cool weather when they are easily concealed under long sleeves. But I figured out another way to use them. I got those safety diaper pins that have a “locking” cover and could pin the wrist wallet into the waistband of my slacks so it would be easy to get to the zipper. The wrist wallets hold credit cards and some cash.

    I hope you enjoy Oceania. We’ve cruised on Marina twice and loved it. We’re about to sail the Nautica (much smaller) around the British Isles.

    Stay stay, have fun, and heal quickly.

  2. I’m so sorry to read about your recent injury. Hopefully your upcoming trip will go well. Thank you for all the information you share in each of your blogs. You are a wealth of useful information. BTW, We have done 2 river cruises with Tauck and found them to be worth the wait.

  3. Creative clothing suggestions, Jane. Also the warning not to carry photo copies of passport and credit cards — that’s new info for me. I”m so sorry this injury is taking so very long to heal!

  4. I am so sorry about your fall and lengthy recovery. Tauck’s Spain/Portugal trip is well worth waiting for. Enjoy Barcelona and the cruise. From your friend at the Roman ruins in Lyon.

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