Preparing for a Healthy Trip

  • Buy travel insurance in case you get sick or hurt during your trip.
  • If you are on regular medication, prepare a sufficient amount and take it with you on board in your carry-on baggage. To avoid issues with customs, have the prescription and any doctor's notes readily available.
  • Get sufficient amount of sleep prior to flying to help reduce issues related to jet lag.
  • Eat light meal before flying to help prevent indigestion.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing to help prevent swelling due to long hours of sitting in the cabin.
  • Learn the requirements for vaccinations in advance of your trip. Check four to six weeks prior with your doctor to make sure there will be enough time for the vaccine(s) to produce antibodies. Also, understand the hygienic conditions and possibility of infectious disease at the destinations where you are travelling.

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  • 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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