The fine folks at SOS World Pass gave me the SOS World Pass Bundle to test out for our recent trip to China. While I thankfully did not have to use my SOS World Pass for any emergency situations, it was still reassuring to have it with me. The Backup Passport, on the other hand, did get some use, and I would suggest getting the SOS World Pass Bundle for your next international trip.
- The SOS World Pass contains a translated message in the language of the country you are visiting in case of an emergency. The message states that you need help and asks for assistance contacting or finding the nearest US Embassy. It also contains important phone numbers, including police, emergency medical, and the US Embassy. It also provides your name, date of birth, medical conditions, drug allergies, and emergency contact information.
- The Food Allergy Alert Card lists any food allergies translated into the language of the country visited. Whether you have an allergy to milk, wheat, eggs, strawberries, or something else, the Food Allergy Alert Card will ensure you can easily communicate these concerns and avoid having an allergic reaction while abroad.
- The Backup Passport allows you to leave your passport in the hotel safe to prevent it from being stolen or lost while still always having a copy on your person. In China travelers are actually required to have their passports on them at all times. However, all of our guides strongly advised us never to carry our passports with us, but to rather carry a copy. I felt much more at ease carrying my Backup Passport. Also, there are some places like the National Museum of China which allow travelers to enter for free with a passport. These places accepted my Backup Passport as proof of nationality with no issues whatsoever.