It’s July and we’re fully into holiday season so I thought I’d pick out a selection of holiday tech. One of our favourite things to do on holiday can also be the biggest health risk; sunbathing. Netamo has come up with a high-tech solution with June, a nicely designed wearable sensor that monitors your exposure and sends you reminders via an app about using UV sunscreen and putting on a hat and sunglasses. The device costs £69 and can be worn as a brooch or on a leather wrist band. Right now the app is only available on iOS but the makers plan to expand to Android soon. Another common health risk is disease spread through insect bites.
For some a holiday is a chance to get off the beaten track and experience extreme environments. If you’re going on a trek or other risky activity use Tokn to notify a friend, who will be alerted that there may be a problem if you don’t arrive back safely. The app is only on iOS right now, with an android version imminent.
No matter how safe you are sometimes accidents do happen, which is why travel insurance is so important. Medical bills can mount up to thousands of pounds a day in some countries. As well as insurance there are some handy little apps that might help in an emergency. iTriage Health is free for iOS and Android. As well as guides on emergency first aid treatments you can store you own important data such as medications and allergies, to allow emergency responders wherever you are to offer the best treatment.
In the event that you do have to seek emergency assistance there are apps that offer quick access to all the essential numbers without needing an internet connection. On Android download TravelSafe; it’s £0.99 but will give you peace of mind that you have all the numbers you’ll need in an emergency whereever you happen to be.
For iOS users there is Emergency Call Anywhere,which offers the same features for £0.69.
Airlines across the world handle around 2.7 million pieces of checked baggage a day, and it’s inevitable that some get misdirected. If this happens to you report the loss to airport staff and hope it doesn’t take too long for your bag to catch up with you. You can check its progress at MyLostBag.com, which links to many of the world’s airline computer systems to trace where you bag ended up.
If there is a problem with your flight you could be eligible for compensation, especially in the EU where this is backed up by law. Refund.me has been set up to make it easy for you to understand your rights and claim anything you are due for things like flight delays, missed connections, diversions and cancellations of flights, bus, ship and rail. Filing a claim is free but there will be a % fee to pay if you’re successful.