Before you travel, this checklist will
help you to prepare for a safe and healthy trip:
Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider well in advance of your trip.
Get needed vaccines for your
Check insurance coverage for
travel abroad, including coverage for emergency transportation back to the U. S.
Have your insurance information cards and claim forms with you.
Get a letter from your
healthcare provider regarding your health history, medicines, allergies, and vaccine
Have an emergency release form.
Complete the inside page of your passport with important identification and emergency contact information.
Have an ample supply of
medicine, including extra in case your return home is delayed. Keep all prescription
and over-the-counter medicines in original, labeled containers. Don't use pill cases
or other unlabeled containers.
Carry along extra prescriptions,
as well as a letter from your healthcare provider explaining your need for the
medicine. Some countries have strict laws for narcotics.
Carry along the generic names of
your medicines. Pharmaceutical companies overseas may use different names from those
in the U. S.
If you wear glasses, take an
extra pair with you.
As an extra precaution, pack extra eyeglasses and medicine in carry-on luggage in case checked baggage is lost.
Consider wearing a "medical alert" bracelet if you have allergies or reactions to medicines, insect bites, certain foods, or other unique medical problems.
Pack a travelers' first aid kit for on-the-road emergencies. Visit the CDC website for a complete list of what to include.
Discuss with your healthcare provider how you will take medicine as you cross time zones.
Pack epinephrine and
antihistamines if you have severe allergies. They should always be kept within close
Check with the American Embassy or Consulate to ask about the types of medicines allowed into the country you are visiting.
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Online Medical Reviewer: Wanda Taylor RN PhD
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