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The Sportsman Channel’s Greg McHale recommends Ripcord

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“Adventure travel has its risks,” says Sportsman Channel host Greg McHale, describing why he recommends Ripcord. “When pushing your personal limits, or traveling in remote locations, make Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance part of your next plan. Ripcord has your back.”

About “Greg McHale’s Wild Yukon” on the Sportsman Channel:

Greg McHale will take you on foot and under human power to the hidden corners of Canada’s Yukon in pursuit of big game, adventure, and challenge, rediscovering the commitment our ancestors felt when heading out onto the land. Pitting himself against the elements and the terrain, Greg pushes his limits to show you the rewards and dangers of facing one’s fears and the wilderness.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents

Travel Market Report tells travel agents to revisit travel insurance and look at Ripcord

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‘Adventurous activities without the worry’

“As more travelers push the limits on their vacation travel adventures, agents need to revisit travel insurance coverage for their clients, and ensure that they have the right policies in place to protect them in the event of an accident,” writes Richard D’Ambrosio in the Travel Market Report. “Redpoint Resolutions was started by former special operations forces members, physicians, and insurance actuaries, so that travelers could enjoy more adventurous activities without the worry.

“Redpoint’s most relevant product for the adventure travel market is Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance, which offers traditional coverage like medical and trip cancellation for risky activities, and adds in medical evacuation and rescue coverage, as well as access to paramedic services and medical consultation during a crisis.

“Ripcord was started because more travelers were taking on adventures in remote locations, ‘like big game hiking, trekking in Mongolia,’ said [Vice President Tom] Bochnowski. ‘We saw people doing adventurous physical activities, but there wasn’t a product that fit their needs. The fine print of most insurance policies didn’t cover them.’

Read the full story here.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

A client has to cancel Denali climb due to back injury. Ripcord reimburses $9.8K

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A ruptured disc kills a climb

A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client was training for a climb of Mt. Denali when he injured his back and soon found himself in chronic pain. The 28-year-old went to the hospital for tests, which revealed that he had suffered a herniated disc. His attempt at summiting North America’s tallest peak had to be scrapped.

As a result, he had to forfeit about $8,800 in trip deposits with the climbing outfitter, and about $1,000 in non-refundable airfare and accommodations. As a comprehensive travel insurance policyholder with Ripcord, he submitted a claim and Ripcord reimbursed him the full amount.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Ripcord reimburses client for medical expenses after foot injury in Germany

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River cruise from Prague to Berlin

A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client was in the middle of a river cruise through Central Europe, admiring the castles and historic synagogues of the Czech Republic and strolling along the cobblestone streets of Germany when she slipped and fell, injuring her foot. She was unable to walk on it without a lot of pain.

Redpoint Operations staff arranged for her to be admitted to and evaluated at a hospital in Dresden, where she was taken in a taxi. Fortunately, there were no fractures, only a soft tissue injury, so doctors were able to fit her with a walking boot. She was able to continue her Elbe River cruise toward Berlin.

As a Ripcord comprehensive travel insurance policyholder, she submitted a claim for the medical expenses incurred at the Dresden hospital, and Ripcord reimbursed her the full amount.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Travel tips: prescription medication

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Avoid a travel nightmare

When drawing up your packing list for an upcoming trip, one of the first line items should always be your medication.  Getting that part wrong could lead to, at best, a small travel headache that you don’t need on your vacation or business trip, or, at worst, a medical emergency.

Here are five tips for traveling with prescription medication.

Bring more than you think you need, when possible.

If you forget to bring enough socks and underwear, that’s an easy fix on the road, as long as you’re not in a remote destination. Finding a pharmacy that can fill your prescription is a much taller order, anywhere, and can even be impossible.

One recent example: a Redpoint client had used her last epi-pen on her trip to India, and needed more. Epi-pens are not readily available in most parts of India. Locating a new supply took a few days – an emergency that can be mitigated in the future by having an ample supply in your travel bags.

Keep them in your carry-on baggage.

As we all know, checked luggage regularly gets lost on airlines. Again, when it’s clothing that’s missing, it’s a nuisance that can be fixed by buying new ones, while replacement medication is much trickier.

Because airport security limits liquid containers to 3.4 ounces – or one quart-sized clear zip-top bag – it is always helpful to have your medication in tablet or capsule form when available, if you know you’ll be traveling in the near future.

Check to see if your medication is legal in your destination.

Classifications and regulations of pharmaceuticals, of course, vary between countries.

Some fairly common medications in the United States, especially amphetamines for the treatment of attention deficit disorder, are illegal in many countries, most notably Japan. (You can find a full list on the Center for Disease Control website here.) There have been a number of stories over the past few years of travelers in Japan who were arrested and jailed for carrying Adderall or receiving refills in the mail from family members.

It is always wise, no matter where you are traveling with these kinds of drugs, to keep your medications in the original prescription container. While ADD and ADHD prescription drugs like Adderall are in fact legal in Europe, for example, they are as closely controlled there as they are in the United States. For this and other reasons, it is important to retain copies of scripts or any other documentation you have about your prescription with you, and with a traveling friend or family member.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.