Traveler's Checklist

Before you travel, the following checklist will help you to prepare for a safe and healthy trip.

  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor well in advance of your trip.
  • Have necessary immunizations for your destination.
  • Check insurance coverage for travel abroad.
  • Have your insurance information cards and claim forms with you.
  • Get a letter from your doctor regarding your health history, medications, allergies, and immunization records.
  • Have an emergency release form.
  • Complete the inside page of your passport with important identification and emergency contact information.
  • Have an ample supply of medication in original, labeled containers. Do not use pill cases or other unlabeled containers.
  • Carry along extra prescriptions, as well as a letter from your doctor explaining your need for the drug, as some countries have strict laws regarding narcotics.
  • Carry along the generic names of your medications as pharmaceutical companies overseas may use different names from those in the United States.
  • If you wear eyeglasses, take an extra pair with you.
  • As an extra precaution, pack extra eyeglasses and medication in carry-on luggage in case checked baggage is lost.
  • Consider wearing a "medical alert" bracelet if you have allergies or reactions to medications, insect bites, certain foods, or other unique medical problems.
  • Pack a travelers' first aid kit for on-the-road emergencies. See the CDC Web site (www.cdc.gov) for a complete list of what to include.
  • Discuss with your doctor how you will take medication as you cross time zones.
  • Pack epinephrine (EpiPen) if you have severe allergies
  • Check with the American Embassy or Consulate to inquire about the types of medications allowed into the country you are visiting.


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