Learn about your destination – type of accommodations, food and water preparation, type of geographical areas you’ll visit, and medical services available.
- Have a dental check-up and complete medical examination, especially if traveling for three months or more.
- Get appropriate immunizations and preventative medications for your destination.
- Obtain an International Certificate of Vaccination or yellow fever card and keep it with your passport.
- Arrange for an adequate supply of your prescription medication.
- Obtain a medical alert bracelet for medical conditions such as diabetes or drug allergies.
- Purchase an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses and sunglasses.
- Obtain a directory of English-speaking physicians.
- Collect items for a first aid travel kit especially if traveling long-term, or off the usual tourist routes, or purchase a travel kit from your pharmacy.
- Pack enough bug spray, sunscreen, alcohol pads and blister band-aids.
- Check your health insurance coverage.
- Buy additional health/accident travel insurance. Ensure you’re covered for any current health conditions (such as heart, pregnancy, etc).
- Remember your identification and necessary papers (such as passport, visa, etc.)
This checklist is not all inclusive.