Preempt Those Travel Disasters. Expecting the unexpected may be an art, but even the savviest rogues of the road can get tripped up by Murphy's Law once in a while. In the spirit of (practical) defiance, here's a Fast Company survival kit: four tools for preventing a few of your worst-case scenarios from becoming real-life war stories. Beyond these disaster-proofed what-ifs, well, you're on your own.
|What If ...||First Aid||Lifesaver||Prep Talk|
|You're giving a presentation in a boardroom in Tokyo, and your laptop battery dies? Time to plug into a wall outlet. But how do you force an American plug into a Japanese socket?||Laptop Travel www.laptoptravel.com||Stock up on tech advice at this handy Web site, where you can order plenty of adapters that will allow your laptop plugs to fit a variety of international socket styles.||If your tech gadgets aren't dual voltage, a simple plug adapter is useless. You'll need a converter or a transformer in order to be compatible with local standards.|
|A five-minute delay or a wrong turn can't be spared as you dash between connecting flights from New York to Paris?||QuickAID Airport Directory www.quickaid.com/airports||Navigate your way through unfamiliar airports like a bona fide local. This site is loaded with handy information. Access the terminal maps of more than 30 U.S. airports.||Time is money, and searching for an ATM can be a costly use of your limited airport minutes. Minimize hassle by using QuickAID's cash-machine locator. The dollars-and-sense directions will save you time.|
|You catch the flu in Turkey, thousands of miles away from your doctor?||Travel Health Online www.tripprep.com||With more than 220 countries on file, this site is an essential guide to health-and-safety information. Get the local lowdown, from road conditions and crime warnings to reputable health-care providers.||For peace of mind, locate U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide with the site's Consular Information Sheets, compiled by the U.S. Department of State.|
|You miss an urgent call because your cell-phone runs out of juice while you're in Brazil?||Action Cellular Rent a Phone http://rentaphone.com||Need a reliable way to communicate when you're traveling abroad? Keep yourself connected with a cellular, GSM, or satellite rental phone. Rent by the day, week, or month.||Phones are shipped to your home or office before you go, or you can pick them up at your hotel in your destination country. Same-day or next-day delivery is available.|
A version of this article appeared in the August 2000 issue of Fast Company magazine.