Preparing for a Healthy Trip

Buy travel insurance for additional protection in case you suffer any sickness or injury during your trip.

Learn the requirements for vaccinations before your trip. If you need vaccination, be sure to check with your doctor in advance and get vaccinated 4 to 6 weeks before your trip.

You should carry enough medical supplies that will last until the end of your trip.

1. Pain and fever medication, anti-inflammatory medication
2. Antidiarrheal medication, digestant
3. Cold medication
4. Antiseptic cleaner
5. Antibacterial ointment
6. Insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites
7. Motion sickness medication
8. Band aids, gauze, adhesive tape, surgical mask
9. Medication for pre-existing medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, etc.
10. Antidiarrheal and fever medications for children

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If you take medication regularly, take it with you on board in your carry-on baggage. To avoid issues with customs, have your prescription and your doctor's note readily available.

Getting a good night’s sleep before your flight should help reduce issues related to jet lag.

Eat a light meal before flying to help prevent indigestion.

Your body may swell up during flight as you sit for many hours, so you should wear shoes and clothing that are comfortable.

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Tips

  • If you have chronic illness such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease, check with your doctor prior to your trip to make sure you're well enough for air travel.
  • Prepare an English version of important documents -- disease-related doctor's notes, current medications — in case you need to visit a hospital or refill a prescription at your travel destination.
  • If you have recently undergone surgery or treatment for a severe disease, you may need your doctor's permission to travel by air.

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