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    Travel health tips

    BEFORE LEAVING

    Planning ahead of time can make your travels smoother and help you avoid problems.

    • Talk to your health care provider or visit a travel clinic 4 - 6 weeks before you leave for your trip. You may need to get updated (or booster) vaccinations before you leave.
    • Ask your health insurance carrier what they will cover (including emergency transport) while traveling out of the country.
    • Consider traveler's insurance if you are going outside of the United States.
    • If you are leaving your children, leave a signed consent-to-treat form with your children's caretaker.
    • If you are taking medicine, talk to your health care provider before leaving. Carry all medicines with you in your carry-on bag.
    • If traveling outside the United States, learn about the health care in the country you are visiting. If you can, find out where you would go if you needed medical help.
    • If you are planning a long flight, try to arrive as close as possible to your normal bedtime based on the time zone where you are landing. This will help prevent jet lag.
    • If you have an important event scheduled, plan to arrive 2 or 3 days in advance. This will give you time to recover from jet lag.

    IMPORTANT ITEMS TO PACK

    Important items to bring with you include:

    • First aid kit
    • Immunization records
    • Insurance ID cards
    • Medical records for chronic illnesses or recent major surgery
    • Name and phone numbers of your pharmacist and health care providers
    • Nonprescription medications that you might need
    • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses

    ON THE ROAD

    Know what steps need to take to prevent different diseases and infections. This includes:

    • How to avoid mosquito bites
    • What foods are safe to eat
    • Where it is safe to eat
    • How to drink water and other liquids
    • How to wash and clean your hands well

    Know how to prevent and treat traveler’s diarrhea if you are visiting an area where it is a common problem (such as in Mexico).

    Other tips include:

    • Be aware ofvehicle safety. Use seat belts when traveling.
    • Check the local emergency number for where you are. Not allplaces use 911.
    • When traveling long distances, expect your body to adjust to a new time zone at the rate of about 1 hour per day.

    When traveling with children:

    • Make sure thatthe childrenknow the name and telephone number of your hotel in case they get separated from you.
    • Write this information down. Put this information in a pocket or other place on their person.
    • Givechildren enough money to make a phone call. Make sure they know how to use the phone system where you are.

    References

    Arguin P. Approach to the patient before and after travel. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 294.

    Basnyat B, Ericsson CD. Travel medicine. In: Auerbach PS, ed. Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2011:chap 84.

    Fairley JK, John CC. Health advice for children traveling internationally. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, et al, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 168.

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